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29 March 2011

Why Do We Love Bad Guys?

Today's host:Amanda Flower

Every story needs a good bad guy or well-crafted antagonist. Both of our Clashers this week have created great ones. However, my question for you, dear readers, is “Why do we love bad guys?” What is it about them that makes us keep turning the page?

I’ll tell you why I love them.
1. They demonstrate the ongoing battle between good and evil, between justice and injustice. Hopefully good/justice prevails in the end.

2. They give you someone to dislike. I love disliking characters in books. These characters don’t have to be truly awful people either. It could be a character as simple as a snippy next door neighbor or a rude co-worker.

3. They are flawed. In some cases, horribly flawed. However, they reminded us all that we are flawed as well.

4. They keep the story more interesting. Of course, we want our protagonist to triumph in the end, but antagonists cause conflict and conflict creates a plot that gives us a story to read.

5. Sometimes, they transform and leave their antagonistic ways. They can be forgiven and demonstrate God’s power to forgive even the worst of humanity.

Those are my reasons. Now, tell us yours.

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Michelle Massaro said... Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

I like bad guys to be interesting, conflicted. When you can still see something in them worth loving, worth Christ dying for. Then again, I also like to see an evil agent get paid his dues!

Elaine Marie Cooper said... Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Amen to both, Michelle. Love the redeeming—and love the occasional punch in the nose (that draws blood of course!) :-)

April Gardner said... Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Bad guys can break all the rules! In Christian fiction our heroes and heroines need to be flawed, but not overly so. Bad guys on the other hand, can do it all! Which, as you said Amanda, adds interest.

Christine Lindsay said... Thursday, 31 March, 2011

It's realistic to have a bad guy. Even in the nicest of real lives, there is always someone who brings us anxiety. So we expect and need this in a novel. And we need a foil for our good guys. They need someone--or something--to battle against and win. It's going through the battle that strengthens our hearts and makes us strong. This helps our reader to then fight their battles because in our stories, we've given them hope.

JoAnn Durgin said... Thursday, 31 March, 2011

Does this mean you all won't fault me for having my core character and his good friend pound a couple of guys harassing the friend's (pregnant) wife? In the pool room of a country western place in Nowhere Montana? I'll confess to loving that scene! A cut lip and a black eye later, my guys are lovingly nursed by their grateful -and mightily impressed - wives. There's just something about a man willing to fight for his woman...LOL and blessings to all of you!

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