Author: Robin Rivera
Robin trained as a professional historian and worked as a museum curator, an educator and historical consultant. She writes dark young adult fiction, with diverse characters. She's currently querying a novel, and working on two new manuscripts that started off as NaNoWriMo projects. You can follow her on Facebook(https://www.facebook.com/robin.rivera.90813) or on Twitter @robinrwrites. However, Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/RRWrites/) is where her inner magpie is happiest of all.
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14 thoughts on “The Back-up Antagonist”
Mr. Collins (from P&P) is one of my favorite characters as well!
Every character has to have depth. The secondary ones can often times end up stealing the show. Take the Heath Ledger Joker in the Dark Knight. His character was so atrocious but he kept a mystery about him that kept people curious. I totally agree, secondaries and antagonists make your story!
Sounds like you and I have the same weakness for secondary characters, Robin, haha. I always regret it, because they usually end up forcing me to make the story about them… and then I have to make another secondary–oh wait, he deserves center stage, too! It’s a vicious circle. 😉
That can happen with secondary characters. : ) They need their own space!
I tend to plot a lot before I write anything, so my characters don’t evolve into bigger roles very often. However, I did write a manuscript with twin sisters and I never intended the younger sister to have her own book, but now I think she might need one. She was just too misunderstood by those around her. I think our little problem is a good thing. Story is characters!
Is that Adam Baldwin in the first pic? I have been loving his character, John Casey, in Chuck, which I am re-watching on Netflix. Great article!
Good eye. Another character that fits the back-up antagonist bill, but I would call John Casey in Chuck more of a loose cannon type! Thanks for stopping by.
Robin, It would be interesting to see if you had a hero that did not care what anyone thought or said about them. Batman seems a little like that to me and so does John Wayne in Rooster Cogburn at least at first. Great article, I love a story when there are well written characters that one can love and a couple to hate or at least dislike. 🙂
It’s not easy to have a protagonist who is unlikable, and still have a really popular story. Yes, it can, and has been done, but I think starting with a secondary character who is a total jerk is a great way of learning how to write this type of character.
As a reviewer, I can appreciate both good characters and bad. If the author has done a wonderful job with the bad character, I actually feel hate for him or her. I have to be careful that my feeling for the bad character doesn’t sway my overall review of the book. 🙂
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I can see that happening with a review. You can hate the narrator, but if you can set aside those feelings, you might still think the book is amazing. Thanks for pointing this out, Diane. It’s a great discussion point. : )
Love the pics / commentary.