Now that I’m past the first action scene, the words are beginning to come easier. (Except for today. Absolutely horrible.) I hit the 7K mark last week, and I’m smashing my way to 8K!
Lately I’ve been thinking about our bad guys, and how they don’t really have to be bad. You see, “antagonist” comes from a Greek word which means “opponent”. The antagonist simply opposes the protagonist. I think it’s also worth reminding that the antagonist should be the hero of their own story (except they normally lose).
I think the antagonists in ROGUE are good examples of that. While my antagonists are usually pretty bad, the antagonists (well, one group of them, anyway) are actually pretty good. They just oppose my protag.
It’s interesting to work with, and on one hand it’s actually easier than my previous antagonists – I don’t have to figure out their motivation like I did in EXCALIBUR and POSEIDON’S TRIDENT (“why does he want to overthrow the British Government?” “Why does he want to dry up the world’s water supply?”). But, on the other hand, they can’t really be as ruthless as my previous villains. Car chases kinda seem toned down when there isn’t any shooting… Fortunately, I’ll be having some gunfire in the coming chapters, and my bad baddies will be coming along soon!
What are your thoughts on “good” antagonists? Do you enjoy reading about them, or does it lower the stakes for you? What about your own antags? Are they “good” or “bad”? Let me know in the comments section! I’d love to hear from you!