Happy C Day!
In keeping with my monthly villain and setting theme, today I'm posting about my all time favorite villain:
Oh yes. Pure genius. Bram Stoker's story of Dracula is about the ultimate villain. And although the most recent film adaptation differs a great deal from the novel, Gary Oldman is scrumptious as the Count Vampyr. Why do I love Count Dracula? Well before all the teen vampire stories drove pop culture, this guy here was THE mythical baddie when it came to bloodsuckers.
And the character of Dracula is so deliciously dangerous, all while observing proper royal etiquette as any Count should. Love the contrast there. I especially loved how in the most recent film adaptation, there was a strong element of romance, and in some ways, I prefer that screenplay over the ending of the actual novel.
Why? Because the evil Count was a man hopelessly in love with his wife and only death would cure him of it. That softens his villainy, and gives him a swoon-worthy goal.
And in the spirit of Count Dracula, using the setting of a castle is always a treat for readers, or filmgoers.
Castles like Dracula, or Hogwarts, or the many ones featured in period piece stories offer a certain prestige . What about a setting that uses an ancient castle, but filled inside with modern day gadgetry? Or an underwater castle? Castle in the sky? Outer space? Underground? Many possibilities. Wherever you put a castle, it'll offer your story a familiar and majestic foundation for your setting.
Hope you enjoyed my C villain and setting. And also in honor of the curvaceous letter C, here's another pixie:
CLEMENTINE CLOCKWORK (Pixie Patrol's very own resident steampunk pixie)
How about you? Do you have a fave C villain? What about a fave castle? Please share ...