Writing Can Be Murder

August 19, 2010

Villain wanted: apply immediately

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 7:46 pm

I love a good villain (truth be told, I’m more interested in a villian than a hero/heroine).

Right now, I desperately need one for the book I’ve just started. I can’t find him or her. I’ve been trying.

I’ve never run into this situation before. EVER. Usually my antagonist(s) are clearer to me than my protagonist(s).

So I’m going to ask you to inspire me — tell me who some of your favorite villains of all time are…doesn’t have to be a character from a book.

I’ll start us off:

Pennywise from IT

The Deaf Man from the 87th Precinct Books

John Doe from Se7en

Jack of All Trades from the tv series Profiler



  1. “The Joker” – from Batman ( Jack Nickelson!) , or from the Shining or from Witches of Eastwick ( guess you can see I LOVVVVVEEE him)
    Cassanova -from Kiss the Girls ( thanks to you)
    Psycho Nanny from – Hand that Rocks the Cradle – forget her name
    “The Trust” – from Nowhere to Hide 🙂

    or my mother in law? jk!

    Comment by RunningCompany — August 19, 2010 @ 10:24 pm | Reply

  2. DH says Moriarty from the old Sherlock Holmes. I like from Annie Wilkes from Misery, Khan from the Star Trek movies. I love the Annie Wilkes character in general, the movie or the book. Great villain, so twisted!

    Comment by Amy — August 19, 2010 @ 11:35 pm | Reply

  3. Ditto Pennywise! And John Doe. I’ll add Annie Wilkes from MISERY and Gretchen Lowell from SWEETHEART.

    Comment by Jenny — August 20, 2010 @ 7:42 am | Reply

  4. Oops, I mean I will also ditto Annie Wilkes since she was already mentioned!

    Comment by Jenny — August 20, 2010 @ 7:43 am | Reply

  5. …..this is bugging me today:

    -Dude from that movie : The Stepfather
    -Cruella daVille ( my kids USED to be terrified of her) Evil Stepmother (Cinderella)
    Disney can be GREAT for Villians.
    – CUJO!! ( does he count?)

    -Anyone from The Godfather/Goodfella’s — especially Michael Corelone (was so sweet , turned evil!)
    -FREDDY KRUGER – although I left 1/4 way into the movie

    Gee I am havin’ fun.

    Comment by RunningCompany — August 20, 2010 @ 8:00 am | Reply

  6. Running — Have you read Cujo? One of my faves of King….CHRISTINE is too…

    Amy — Great choices…gotta love Annie!

    Jenny — Still haven’t read Chelsea Cain (sigh)

    Comment by love2wryte — August 20, 2010 @ 5:52 pm | Reply

  7. Sue Anne Nivens from Mary Tyler Moore!

    I’m not good at this game.

    Comment by Jill — August 20, 2010 @ 8:53 pm | Reply

  8. Jill — Now there’s a someone I hadn’t considered! Thanks for playing!

    Comment by love2wryte — August 21, 2010 @ 5:34 pm | Reply

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