Every show has them.
But how do you make sure that your bad guy isn’t . . . well . . . bad. (And I’m not talking Michael Jackson “Bad,” btw.)
I’ve seen a few shows and read a few scripts lately, which have all suffered a similar flaw in the construction of their “bad guy”. So I spent some time over the holiday weekend thinking about some of my favorite bad boys and remembered why they were my favorite . . .
And you know what it was?
No matter how bad they were, I loved them . . . even just a little.
It’s a simple rule, but it’s easily forgotten.
Think about your favorite evildoers in your favorite stories . . . Javert, Dracula, Darth Vader, Hannibal Lecter . . . there is something about them that no matter how villainous they may be . . . no matter how many things you wish they hadn’t done . . . you still love them just a bit. (A quick tip on telling whether a villain has made its ways into the hearts of audience members? If people want to dress up as the character for Halloween, the Author has done his/her job.)
Fail to make sure your audience feels this way about your villain, and, well, you’ll end up with a moustache twirling cliche that won’t move your audience and won’t move tickets.
(For more classic storytelling techniques, check out this book – it was written for screenwriters, but I find it to be a bible for writing musicals especially).
Who is your favorite villain?
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