Great villains are hard to find. It so easy to make them caricatures. But a great villain is flawed and human – someone you would root for, if only he wasn’t the nemesis of the hero. This week on Romance Writer’s Weekly, Dani Jace asks:
Villains: Literary, TV/Movie or even real life - Who do you love as a villain and why. Who do you despise and why.
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The first villain that came to mind when I read this topic is Moriarty, from the Benedict Cumberbatch versions of Sherlock Holmes. Played by Andrew Scott, he is brilliantly creepy (I think it has something to do with the Jack Nicholson-esque eyebrows), and yet has a pathos to him that makes him vulnerable – until he does something so dastardly that you are reminded of what a villain he truly is.
In J. R. Ward’s The Black Dagger Brotherhood series, Xcor is a villain that flirts with heroism. He leads a band of soldiers who want to dethrone King Wrath. Raised by a vicious, cruel man, unable to read, and also born with a cleft palate, you do feel sympathy for him, except for the fact that he wants to assassinate the main good guy.
Women can be villains, too. They often go about their mayhem in more subtle ways. I can’t think of one by name right now, but you know who I mean – the ‘friend’ who constantly undermines the heroines confidence, or the mother who sabotages our heroines romance ‘for her own good.’
Whose your favourite villain? I’d love to read your comments. Then hop over to Jenna Da Sie to see who her favourite bad guy/girl is.