Heroes vs Villains- Which one is more fun to write and why?
For instance, if I told you that a man came out of nowhere and violently attacked somebody right in front of you, immediately ran away – leaving that person lying on the ground injured or possibly worse. That person might be thought of as a villain, right?
What if I told you that this person who attacked had learned his victim had threatened his family and was planning on killing them, so when he attacked the victim, he was truly just trying to protect his family. So now the label of villain can be a bit harder to place on him, right? Maybe the victim was the real villain?
What if I told you that this person who attacked the stranger had gained information that was wrong, and the victim was really completely innocent? Well, the poor victim is clearly not a villain, but the attacker “thought” he was doing a good thing. The label of villain becomes kind of muddy.
Sometimes being a villain is a matter of perspective. Most good villains do not believe they are doing evil, even though most others might believe that they are.
In the stories I have written, of course we have both people we might label as “good” and others as “bad”. As an author, the challenge is to keep the character’s motivation distinct and believable from the perspective of the character.
I’ve found that I enjoy writing the villain roles because at the end of each novel, I lead you down a path that oftentimes makes you question the opinions that you had formed of some of the characters. Somewhat like my prior example of the person attacking a stranger, with my villain in HEIRS OF PROPHECY, Azazel – you certainly are hit in the face with the prologue and can immediately form an opinion of what he is like. A deliciously unpleasant character with unknown motivations, and someone that others cower in fear from. By the end of the story, you might find yourself wondering a bit more about that character, and you definitely realize that not all things are ever as they seem.
I suppose that is what I enjoy about writing. It allows you to reel out a storyline that someone follows, and if you do things correctly, you allow for the reader to immerse themselves in the myriad of ups and downs that are wholly unexpected and provide for the entertainment that readers oftentimes clamor for.