a compendium of musings and rants from Alison Beightol, who is old enough to know better.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
bad guys and their labels...not always visible
it would be awesome if bad guy characters had labels like this so you would know them but they don't. in my latest manuscript, I have a character who has a label of being evil. he is a historical figure that earned the label himself,thank you but I've discovered that sometimes evil is attractive and not always cut and dry. and this is creepy for me. in my novel, he is a bad guy but mainly he is an opportunist, just like he was in life. when you fictionalize a real person, you can add to their personality. I didn't take away any of this person's personality or deeds because why would I? his character was already developed. I just spun it a bit differently because I had to make him a vampire. the interesting thing about doing the research for this character is that there is very little known of his personal life. there are many books about him with contemporary reports of him but the only true info about him is from his wife and she seemed to be in denial about how and who he was. funny how everyone except her saw him as how the world sees him now. she says he wasn't a monster and his life's work says something different. interesting. when BLOOD OF NEW BEGINNINGS is released, you all will have to let me know how you feel about how I characterized this person. the sad thing is most people now don't know who he is. he died very young in real life but his legacy lived on.