So… I’m reading through my book The Mediterranean Source, and I have come to realise that perhaps I need to make my Bad Guys, just that little bit badder. Might take some work, but I think I’ll get there.
You see, while reading this, I can’t help but think back to my Tijuana Nights book, where there is just so much badness with the bad guys going on, that this book feels a little tame. Tijuana Nights is about cartels and drug wars and all sorts of seriously nasty stuff, whereas this book is a completely different kettle of fish. Sort of. Still has drug lords in it, and there is definitely some seriously bad stuff in it – but after writing a bloodbath like Tijuana Nights – this is just very different.
And so – I will note all this down in my little notebook, and see what ideas I can come up with. Perhaps I need to reread Bitches, Bastards and Bullies again? Might give me some epic ideas to strengthen up my baddies.
How do you like your bad guys? You know the ones I mean – the truly awful antagonists of the story. I like mine to generally have a bit of sass, some smarts, and a whole other reason for being the way they are. One of my most favourite hated characters in literature is King Joffrey, from Game of Thrones. Oh my. I so passionately dislike him, I can feel myself getting completely and utterly worked up when I read the books, or watch the tv series. It’s ridiculous. But his inherent evilness just gets my back up. And that’s brilliant writing.