Before, I wrote a post on villains, but I would like to expand that topic in today’s blog post. First, sorry I’ve been MIA for a few days. Like with all social media, WordPress was keeping me distracted from something more important in life.
You may ask, “Aka, what’s more important than blogging and sulfuring the internet?”
I respond, “Writing my story, of course!”
Well, that’s what I’ve been doing the past few days. I’ve been working on Love for an Angel chapter 15, so I can post it next week. And alas, I also start a new job tomorrow. While I am thrilled to have a new opportunity, I am also saddened to be leaving a full 12 hour day of writing behind. However, enough of my ramblings, on to antagonist!
Just like the gif said, every story needs a good villain. In this post, we’re going to explore the different types of antagonist in fiction.
So, depending on the genre you write, can depend on what type of antagonist you have. For example, I’ve noticed young adult fiction always has the dun…dun…dun…EVIL ADULTS!
Yes, the classic evil adults. Evil adults usually consist of power craving, old ideas that teens don’t agree with, or just plain evil to be evil. Personally, I don’t like the plain evil to be evil bit, but if you are going to go this route, try to write it well.
Stories – bestsellers, mind you – that have the classic evil adults are:
The Selection by Kiera Cass
That evil King who is stuck in his ways is against American Singer (yes, you’ve read that right, the mc’s name is American Singer. >.>)
Cress by Marissa Meyer
This time, it’s a power angry Queen. For shame on her going against a group of teens because she wants to stay on the throne! She is older, wiser, and has been a queen for years. However, those teenagers outsmarted her and all her soldiers. Hmm…
Last, but not least:
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
What?! You are telling me the Queen and King want to keep us slaves to them so their power will stay intact? Well, us teens will take down a whole kingdom. Why? Because we can!
Ok, all joking aside, you do see the pattern here. I won’t analyze the evil adult because that should be understood, their evil because they desire their powers – simple.
Frankly, I find this to be the easiest antagonist to write. In Clash of Tides, I do have an evil adult, well, I have a few. Elena’s mother is evil because she wants money and power (see what I did there^^). And Assan’s mother, the mermaid queen, well, she is evil for other reasons I won’t say yet. *cough* revenge *cough*
Of course, not all young adult books have the same type of antagonist, but the majority is the same. The series A Shade of a Vampire by Bella Forrest actually had the main male character’s brother has the antagonist in the first book. The brother wanted the main female character for himself, but you get the point. However, the overall enemy was human vampire hunters, and they were not evil. They just didn’t like vampires.
Yep, evil adults:
Ok, next! For adult fiction, I’ve noticed most antagonists are…other adults (yeah, that was easy) and a magical force (I’m looking at you Game of Thrones and the others). Now, unlike young adult fiction, adult fiction has more than one antagonist at a time.
Examples, and like before, I will be doing bestsellers:
The Shining by Stephen King
Darn those ghost egging on to murder
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
That Captain Randall…he is really a twisted f*&^
Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
This is by far one of the best books about multiple antagonists. Not only is it adults vs. adults, adults vs. magical force; it’s also adults vs. insane teenagers. Yes, I’m referring to Ned vs. Joffrey. Sadly, if you read the book, you know what happens. In a way, it also features teens vs. teens. Finally, right? Sansa vs. Joffrey; it was scary to watch.
Now since we pointed out examples of adult fiction, let’s look at the villains. Antagonists in adult fiction need more substance to why they act a certain way.
When crafting your antagonist, ask yourself the following questions:
“What made them this way?”
“What are their motivations?”
“Do they have any mannerism or things that set them off?”
If you are crafting the “magically force” (yes, I am thinking Lord of the Rings)?
“What makes it powerful?”
“What’s the overall goal?”
“Are there any weakness?”
“What or who sealed it up in the first place?”
“How does it power react to the world?”
Whew, well, that was longer than normal, but I hope you found this post helpful!
Oh, and I reached 300 followers!! Love for an Angel will be updated next week!