By K.M. Humphreys
I’m currently reading a book called Bullies, Bastards and Bitches by Jessica Paige Morrell and I’m reading a chapter on Monsters. This inspired a blog post on Monsters and Bad Guys.
Throughout literature and film, there have been monsters and villains lurking. Every type of monster from Hannibal Lecter to the Abominable Snowman are found in the pages we read. There’s Frankenstein, The White Witch, Captain Hook, and Count Dracula. These are the characters who keep us at the edge of our seats. We hold our breath as we turn the pages wondering what terror they are going to cause next. We see Cruella DeVille and the wicked step-mother from Cinderella in our children’s stories. We also hear about the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot and Godzilla. Whether it’s myth, folklore, movies or books, we cannot escape these monsters, villains and bad guys.
Bad Guys, Villains and Monsters hold appeal. They make us want to continue the story until it’s end to see what all they do to reach their goal. Without the conflict and danger they bring to a story, we wouldn’t have the excitement that keeps us begging for more. For us ordinary folks, it’s a departure from our normal worlds. We pray we never run into these monsters, but yet we can’t stop reading about them.
I know I’ve missed some above, and I would love to hear from our readers as to who your favorite Monster, Villain or Bad Guy is and why. What draws you to these characters?