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9 Ways To Make Your Supervillains Truly Villainous

9 Ways To Make Your Supervillains Truly Villainous

Stories are typically told in terms of a hero putting his or her wits against a villain hellbent on thwarting their efforts. Writing these characters is not as simple as the good guys (or gals) fighting the bad ones. Screenwriters who do this face the prospect of writing flat, cartoonish characters. Villains serve a much […]

 James Napoli

Villains And Their Functions In Stories

Villains And Their Functions In Stories

“…But when the tragic incident occurs between those who are near or dear to one another—if, for example, a brother kills, or intends to kill, a brother… or any other deed of this kind is done—these are the situations to be looked for by the poet.” Aristotle, Poetics When Aristotle wrote his seminal text on the […]