Can you think of a villain beginning with the letter D??
Probably the most popular villain of all time, Darth Vader lives in the memory of anyone who sees the Star Wars saga--which is pretty much anyone passing by you on the street at this point. Why is he so memorable? For me, it's his story, because in all honesty, I never found him scary--just kinda heartless.
But his story is the ultimate redemption--the bad guy turning good, and I love how we saw the fourth episode first (those of us who are older than thirty) since we had no idea who Darth Vader was, or what he'd become. It made for a dazzling space opera between good and evil.
Then, of course as we learn who Darth is, we get a bit of sympathy for the guy. Maybe there's hope for him afterall, and that Skywalker kid sure believes it! Villains we understand make the best ones of all. Poor misunderstood Darth Vader. :(
Of course, I loved watching his beginning story as Anakin Skywalker, even though I didn't love the first three episodes like I do the last three, they were important in Darth Vader's story and helped us understand his quest for power, and the manipulation he endured from the Emperor. (Check back tomorrow on E day for more on him.)
Also, making an appearance today for D Day is none other than ...
From Doctor Who, these bad guys never stop showing up. Probably because they're so darn invincible and creeptastic. Or it could be that their the Time Lords' lifelong mortal enemy. Sure their outside armor may not be so sinister, but wait til you get a look at the squirmy alien inside! Ewww. Each one individually mobile, these guys work together like bees and can swarm Earth or any other planet any time, exterminating all life for their own personal gain. Watch out for their plunger appendage because they'll suck your face off!!!
For my setting today, and in honor of the sturdy letter D, I'm talking about Dagobah.
Wow talk about great settings! I've always had a thing for Dagobah, a swamp covered planet in the outer rim--a forgotten world where a Jedi master could comfortably retire. You know, the place where Obi Wan Kenobi instructed Luke Skywalker to visit while he was freezing to death?? Yep that's the one, and later Luke meets his greatest mentor Yoda.
The marshy, moist, foggy setting may be why Empire Strikes Back is my favorite of all the Star Wars. Something about this setting draws me in, and when great settings do that, they become unforgettable in the audience's mind--makes them return again and again. And since Dagobah is completely fictitious, it just goes to show what you can do by dreaming up your own planet.
Worldbuilding is a must for fantasy/sci-fi writers, and Dagobah is an excellent inspiration. Also, I've found that watching plenty of nature movies, especially the BBC series Planet Earth, works well. Our own nature and cultures offer plenty of inspiration for the best of worldbuilding.
Thanks so much for stopping by! I'm behind in my blog visits but I'll be catching up, so pardon me if I'm late to your blog, but leave a comment so I can be sure to stop by! Do you have a fave D villain or setting? How's your D Day going?