Let's see, what W villains do I have for you today .... Hmm ... Ah, yes!
Remember this wackadoo? From the book and film Misery, another wolf in sheep's clothing, convinced she's doing the right thing. And ironically, a nurse! And let's face it, she's an author's worst nightmare. Through a series of psychological and physical tortures, Annie forces famed author, Paul Sheldon, to write a character he killed off (Misery) back into life in a new book. All the while, insisting she's his number one fan.
Kathy Bates was magnificent in this role, wasn't she? And I do believe it put her on the map of stardom.
How about this guy:
That's right! The warden from Shawshank Redemption. Like any great villain, he's a hundred percent convinced he's in the right. And after all, he is a warden to a penitentiary housing some awful criminals. You have to have the upper hand there, be firm. Run a tight ship. But what makes him such a vile villain, is the fact he totes around a Bible and quotes scripture, yet when it comes time for him to do the right thing and help an inmate who may not be guilty, his evil hypocrisy shines through.
He's just a regular guy with no special powers, other than being in charge--but sometimes, that produces a villainy in the worst way.
And hey! Pure coincidence both my villains today were created by Stephen King. But then, he's quite the master storyteller, so really not all that shocking.
And your setting of the day:
Just something about water, isn't there?? It can be serene and relaxing, or tumultuous and life threatening. But make no mistake, using water as your setting, is always an opportunity to set the mood and tone. Underwater, on top of water, neverending rain, waterfall portals ....
But no Waterworld please. As much as I've tried to like that movie, because you know, it's a dystopic world on water! I love that idea! It's just plain bad. Unlikeable characters and un-gripping plot. You may feel differently, and if you do, I'd love to hear about it in the comments. I have a bro-in-law who does love Waterworld. *cringes*
Ok, your turn! How do you feel about today's villains, Wilkes and Warden? Ever used water for a setting? Have any fave stories that do? Please share ...