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Posted: 8/14/2011 8:17 PM PDT
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Posted: 8/22/2010 7:16 PM PDT
You could tell the story from the point of view of the villain. Then we would see his good points. Plus, most villains have a personal problem with the good guys (how dare he obstruct the villain's plans!), so if we side with the bad guy from the beginning, we will initially think the good guy is bad (until you tell us otherwise). Remember that most real life bad guys think that their motives are perfect. I mean, Hitler thought he was in the right... There were many people who sided with him. If you write it correctly it will be a really cool plot twist.
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Posted: 8/22/2010 5:55 PM PDT

Real people don't divide into 'monsters' and 'regular guys' - people are just people, and that means they are a mixture of good points and bad points. Which aspects of their character come to the fore at a given time, depend on their circumstances. I seem to remember, for example, a character in a US prison drama, who came across as a good and caring social worker. It was then revealed that, in fact, he was a serisl child abuser - a pretty serious character flaw (!), but initially invisible, because he was in an all-adult environment. So - show your villain in situations that highlight his good points, before setting up the train of actions that trigger the bad.
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Posted: 7/22/2010 5:13 AM PDT
I want to have a story where you love the bad guy more than the hero and only after time do we want the bad guy to lose. so i was thinking of ways to humanize the monsters of my story till we can love them. my ideas so far have been strong motivations, slow corruption and vices like alcohol which show us the true character which wont be out in force till the ending but how do i make people want him to win. its one thing to excuse your behavior its another to be cared for by the public.
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