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BAD BOYS

I’d like to welcome my guest blogger today, W. Lynn Chanatle, who has chosen a most interesting topic – Bad Boys. Welcome, Lynn, and thank you for posting to this blog.

W. Lynn Chantale resides in southeasternMichigan. Married to her high school sweetheart, they’ve been together for the last twenty years. They have three children. She writes African-American and Interracial sensual erotic and erotic romance. She has a mad affinity for milk chocolate, preferably Dove chocolate truffles or the caramel-filled squares (Godiva and Ghiradelli are acceptable), and plays the bass guitar when the Muse begs for a bit of distraction.

 

Bad Boys, Bad Boys

by W. Lynn Chantale

 

I’d like to say thank you Joan for having me here. I love the whole concept of a blog dedicated to heroes, sleuths and villains. So here we go.

Pinky: “Gee, Brain. What are we gonna do tonight?”

The Brain: “The same thing we do every night Pinky, Try to take over the world.”*

Isn’t that just like the villain? Always trying to rule the world. And if there’s no one to stop them, the human race will be enslaved or worse eradicated. So who is this nefarious individual or as literature would call them The Antagonist? An antagonist (according to the dictionary on my Mac) is a person who actively opposes or is hostile to someone or something; an adversary. Or the bad guy. The villain is often motivated by the quest for world domination, envy or hatred, and sometimes by a desire for revenge. Every good story has at least one. One of my stories has two.

Lex Luthor, Doc Ock, The Joker, Bob Rumson, Imhotep, the Daleks, Cybermen and Weeping Angels are my all-time favorites. Ursula, Gaston, Elijah Price, Hannibal Lecter, Professor Moriarty, Cole Turner, Dexter, Dick Dastardly, and Bowler Hat Guy.

The above are some of my favorite villains. Some are from comic books, literature, movies, or cartoons. These characters cross genres Sci-Fi, action/adventure, crime, and romance. But these are the bad guys that spoke to me or made a HUGE impression on me. One or two even scared me. Don’t blink when the Weeping Angels are around. The Daleks want to exterminate the human race and the Cybermen want to delete humanity.

It’s hard to talk about a villain without the hero, but I’m going to try. Everyone dislikes the bad guy and that’s okay because they’re written that way. But what happens when the writer has humanized the antagonist so the reader or viewer will care what happens to the bad guy? I actually felt bad for Imhotep at the end of The Mummy Returns. His quest to be reunited with his love Anck Su Namun, is yet again thwarted when she refuses to save him from the minions of hell. Watching the despair and anguish on his face while he’s fighting for his life made me a little misty-eyed. Cole Turner was another character I loved. How could you not? Here’s this tortured soul, brought from the brink of disaster by love, only to have his very nature destroy everything it touches. Or sometimes the villain is the good guy, using his murderous ways for the good of humanity, like Dexter.

So do you have any favorite Villains? And as an added bonus, yes PRIZE alert. Can you name five (5) of the heroes associated with the villains from above. One commenter will receive a $10 GC.

 

*Pinky and The Brain are registered trademarks from Steven Spielberg’s Animaniacs and Warner Brother Studios.

 

 

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