Friday, March 16, 2012
How Writers Are Like Villains
Think writers don't have anything in common with James Bond Villains? Think again. Villains are just writers with slightly stranger habits. Stroking white persian cats while plotting total world domination, for example. Although, I do know a few writers who do exactly that.
Writers spend all their time trying to figure out how to make their characters lives harder. Sounds like a villain, no? What more can I throw at them? Having the parents murdered, the wife run over by a train and the daughter stolen by robot ninjas isn't enough--now he has rabies!! They strive for complication on all levels.
Writers make nothing easy. (Ask any one of them who is simply waiting for a query response and you'll see what I mean.)
They strive for control of every aspect of the entire world (the one they created, anyway). They want to know what everyone is doing, when they're doing it, what they're feeling and who they're feeling it with. They want to make sure they have absolute control of every aspect at their fingertips. Can anyone say "Big Brother"?
The similarities are clear, the only difference I can think up is that writers (if at times begrudgingly) usually allow their characters to have a happy ending. Oh! and most writers don't end up dead or in prison at the end of their books--I think.
So what do you think? If you don't keep up on your Bond villains, let's expand our options. Which classic villain are you the most like?