A to Z – V (WR)

It’s April again and that means it’s time for the A to Z challenge and this year, my theme for the A to Z Challenge is characters and narrators. 


V is for Vengeful Characters

Distilled down to their most basic form, stories of any kind are all about the struggle.

Does your character have a perfect life, with no flaws, no money problems, no obstacles, and everything their heart desires?  Well then, chances are it’s not a very good story.  But you already know that, and you know that there has to be a conflict for it to be interesting….otherwise, what’s the point in reading it?

But what do you do when you have a character with fire in their belly and anger in their hearts?  It doesn’t matter if it’s your hero/heroine, the villain, or a side character – how do you write them so that your character isn’t caricature?

Answer: Same way porcupines mate…very carefully. 😉

People with vengeance on their mind tend to be dramatic, prone to making bad decisions, and broody over their plans/repercussions of their actions.  Play one item up too much (like evil laughter in the corner with handles steepled in maniacal glee) and your character is chewing the scenery in your carefully constructed play (unless of course you’re writing a comedy, and then by all means go for it).

I have yet to write a vengeful character well…partially because I have trouble maintaining an overly dark atmosphere in my novels for a vengeful character to thrive in and partially because, well you know, we’re all our worst critics and can’t help but tear our own work to shreds.  :p

Notable vengeful characters:

  • The punisher
  • Liam Neeson’s character in Taken
  • Ruth (Roseanne Barr’s character) in She-Devil – by the way, this is also an amusing book (The Life and Loves of a She Devil)
  • Porter from Payback

20 thoughts on “A to Z – V (WR)”

  1. Taken is such a perfect example of what you are describing. I am stopping by today from the #atozchallenge – where I am part of the A to Z Ambassador Team! (I’m a minion/volunteer under Lisa.) Congratulations on making it this far! Finish strong. You can do it! and Don’t forget our after party. The Reflections Linky List will open on Monday May 4th. (For links directly to posts, not to general blog addresses.)

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  2. My husband is obsessed with revenge plots. The Punisher is amazing. Liam Neeson is amazing–I haven’t seen the third movie yet, but the first two were incredible. These are definitely character types that draw a lot of attention. 🙂

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    1. I haven’t seen the entire Taken series, but I thought the main character was an interesting guy. I liked the Punisher so much more…I wonder if they’ll do a revamp of the Punisher with all of the new hero/origin stories popping up.

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  3. I love a character with nothing left to lose, who have no morals and just need to destroy a person’s life. I wouldn’t like in real life of course but then books are as close to real life as I allow myself so that evens that out I think.

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  4. Gotta love the Vengefuls. They’re one of the most intriguing and interesting types of hero and not-heroes out there. And they often get a little controversial too. The Punisher has caused some PTA members to start writing on signs in his day. But he’s awesome. And Payback is an underrated classic in my humble opinion. And lord the bad decisions they make…leads to some bona fide entertainment for the audience.

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