Is Your Novel’s Villain Really Evil?
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A while back I created a podcast episode about Villains and their motivations and could they be redeemable or are they better off staying pure evil. You can listen to that podcast here.
But today I’m going to go further in analyzing this notion.
The first question we need to ask ourselves is what makes a villain evil? Are they born evil or influenced by their environment?
In my work in progress novel During the Blue Hour about werewolves none of the villains are born evil. They are more the 2nd option . Influenced by their environment . I ‘m going to go in detail about why a character might turn evil based on their environment.
So let’s start off with this notion that every character is a hero of their own story. They never see themselves as the villain.
For example (spoiler) in my work in progress series my main villain throughout the series , a she were wolf supposedly is doing all her villainess antics for love. That’s right folks she turned evil because she is being forced away from her true love.
Everything she is doing is only justifiable to her. But she is no way a sympathetic character and cannot be redeemed able because her love turns into madness which thus turns into insanity where there is no coming back to.
Examples outside of my work in progress would be :
Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty. Do we actually think she was just evil for the sake of being evil. There had to be some motivation behind her villainous actions to turn her that way and I’m not talking about the live action movies either.
Another example is
The Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz.
She is not just evil either. Something deep inside of her made her that way . Some versions of this story has strategically expanded that notion over the years . Giving a clear reason . My guess is jealousy.
From my research and writing my own villain I have come to the conclusion that a writer cannot possibly write a villain that is born evil. There always has to be a reason or motivation behind their actions whether it be something deeply rooted in their childhood or their overall environment.
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What is your Villain’s motivation for their evil actions in your novel ?
I want to know so let me know in the comments below.
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