Thursday, March 7, 2019

Good or Bad? The Perspective View #IWSG


IWSG: a place where writers and friends share woes or hugs.
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Please forgive me for posting way past Wednesday! The month escaped me and I remembered too late!

The question of the month is: Whose perspective do you like to write from best, the hero (protagonist) or the villain (antagonist)? And why?


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I always write through the protagonist's viewpoint because I have an affinity toward good guys (and gals) compared to bad ones. It's just easy for me to put myself in the place of someone who strives to make right choices and overcome obstacles.

I have written one book through a young man's point of view who's turned into a demon on his 18th birthday. He doesn't really see himself as a villain until he recognizes the harm he's doing to others and is shocked at his behavior. He has internal struggles but doesn't know how to cope with his existence. Though he does have heroics, the characters view him as a villain! Haha


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Another story I wrote is through an assassin's viewpoint but he falls in love with his victim and goes against all odds to protect her and her son against his handler (he does slay a group of people at the beginning of the book).



I suppose it all depends on what my muse wants me to write! What about you? Do you prefer writing through the good guy's perspective, or the bad guy's?












9 comments:

  1. For me, it varies. Mostly I write from the protagonist's point of view, but seeing how the villain is working can provide an interesting perspective. And one POV in my first book was someone who started off looking like the villain who turned out to be one of the secret good people :)

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    1. That's fascinating how the "villain" of your first book ended up where he was. That's great development. To remain static is death, right?

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  2. Both of your stories sound intriguing! It is interesting to read a story from a different perspective once in a while.

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    1. Thank you! Do you think an unlikable character can be considered a villain if they are what's causing problems? lol

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  3. No worries a little late.
    Sounds like you just started with a flawed character who got better and became a hero.

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    1. Does that mean villains are flawed? :P I did write through the handler's viewpoint (brief chapter) but it felt much too real and I didn't like the way it made me feel! hehe

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  4. Hi, Elizabeth, thanks for visiting my blog. I believe villains are intriguing creatures, in books and in movies. I had to stop watching a tv show because it was so offensive, and I believed could give a bad person some evil ideas. A real life villain, people I hear about in the news, turns my stomach. I do a lot of praying....I stick to pure fantasy when writing wicked scenes. But in the end-- good always triumphs over evil, at least in my stories.

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  5. Both of those characters sound flawed - and therefore, more realistic.

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