Today were going to do something similar to —- but different from —- yesterday’s prompt.
Today is the turn of the antagonist or the villain.
Write a story in which the antagonist or villain shows the reader what your protagonist could easily become if they gave in to their flaw
A villain and an antagonist are not necessarily the same things. A villain seeks to harm your main protagonist, whereas an antagonist might merely get in their way. Do you remember the TV series Rhoda? Rhoda’s mother was not a villain, but she certainly got the main character’s way.
This exercise probably works best with someone who’s at least a little villainous. Choose a protagonist you we can mostly admire (it could be the person from yesterday’s story). Think about who would be a good opposing force for this character.
Some of the best villainous pairings in literature are ones where the villain and the protagonists can be seen as being somewhat alike. Think of the BBC’s Sherlock climactic scene in “The Reichenbach Fall”. Morality and Sherlock are on the roof of St. Bart’s Hospital. Moriarty leans in and says, “You’re just like me Sherlock, except you’re on the side of the angels”. What character trait can you give your protagonist that, when pushed too far, would transform them into a villain?
Create a protagonist and a villain on either side of this coin and put them in a simple story where they oppose each other.
**Leave a comment letting us know what character traits you gave your villain.]
11 thoughts on “Your Villain As A Mirror”
Here’s my story for today: https://fallonbrownwrites.wordpress.com/story-a-day-september-day-13/
I an feel some sympathy for my antagonist even while completely disagreeing with her.
Thinking of all the trees that have fallen at our corner streets these past couple of years:
Well, the protagonist and antagonist don’t really interact in this post, but they appear to have the same character flaws: https://storiesin5minutes.wordpress.com/2016/05/13/what-she-might-become-storyaday-post/
My antagonist hates his wife’s arrogance, and doesn’t see that his own is an amplified, twisted, entitled version of hers.
Warning: There is violence. He’s NOT nice to his wife.
I started this one too late to finish it. Saturday is a family day, so here it is today.
It’s almost midnight, I’m a bit late with this one, but it’s done.
Note: For Friday’s prompt, I revisited my protagonist and antagonist favorites – Jack Diamond and Victor Angelo from my novella, The Stacked Deck. This is not a complete story by any means, but it just fits so well with the prompt. I will probably revisit this soon and write more to it as a new novella.
Late posting (and rather silly), but here’s my effort:
This is a tough one. It will need some thought 🙂
I used the villain from yesterday’s story – and he most certainly is a villain: https://only100words.xyz/2016/05/13/doing-the-girls-a-favour-really/
My antagonist is actually a mirror. This one was a challenge. https://thethingsiyell.wordpress.com/2016/05/13/vision/