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Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Lisa Kessler: The Art of Villainy




Hi everyone!

I’m excited to be visiting today!

I’m Lisa Kessler, and I love a good villain.  I’m also a huge Disney fan. The Evil Queen has always been my favorite Disney villain. If you think about the movie, Snow White, there would be no story without the Queen and her twisted relationship with the magic mirror. Another element that endears her to me is that moment when she realizes the Huntsman has failed to follow her orders, and she is willing to do the dirty work herself.

A good villain becomes the hero of their own story.

Another favorite around my house is Jareth, the Goblin King from Labyrinth. Although he’s kidnapped the heroine’s baby brother, placed her in a magical maze, and often cheats in order to slow her down, you’re drawn to him because he’s going after what he believes is right.  The heroine asked for the goblins to take her baby brother away. It wasn’t his fault she changed her mind… Or that’s what Jareth believes.

I enjoy writing villains too because it’s almost like staring into a mirror and seeing the book from a completely different, backwards angle. The villain believes in his cause, regardless of the cost.
In my Night Series, I pride myself on villains that push the heroes to the edge until it looks like the bad guys might win. I enjoy seeing how the conflict changes our hero by the end of a book.

So do you have any favorite villains in books or movies? I’d love to hear from you!
One commenter will win a free eBook copy of Night Thief! J

He gave up his soul for a second chance to love her...
Two and a half centuries ago, Calisto Terana lost everything when a zealous priest murdered the woman he loved. Now, desperate for another chance to love her, he wants redemption for the mistake that cost her life.
She's haunted by dreams of her own death...
After catching her fiance with another woman, Kate Bradley returns to San Diego to clear her head. The last thing she needs is romance, but after meeting Calisto she's drawn to him in ways she doesn't understand.
They've waited in the shadows for centuries...
Calisto has no doubt Kate is the reincarnation of his lost love, but the Fraternidad Del Fuego Santo has a new watcher with dark ambitions of his own. As old enemies reemerge and a new threat arises, the betrayal that enslaved Calisto to the night might destroy the only woman he's ever loved again. 
After the fall of the Mayan civilization, Kane, an immortal Night Walker, has taken refuge in France for over 800 years. The modern world holds little interest for him until the night he meets the Golden Thief and is robbed of much more than his pocket watch.
Marguerite Rousseau is living a double life. By day she is the assistant to an eccentric French artist, Antoine Berjon, and by night she dons elegant evening gowns to woo French dignitaries before lifting their wallets.

Sparks ignite when Kane captures the thief, but Marguerite harbors a dark secret that could ruin them both.
  

21 comments:

Rhianna said...

My love of villains runs deep and has since childhood. I think it's because real people aren't purely good or evil. Most of us have the potential to choose the selfish thing or do the wrong thing for the right reason. Dorky as it sounds Star Wars wouldn't be the same if we didn't all want to see Darth Vader be redeemed and I often love stories where the villain is the hero.

Even so I kind of love the maniacal ones that are just plain rotten and selfish and get offed in the end. Without them the world would be rather boring.

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Rhianna -

You're so right about Darth Vader!!! There'd be no Star Wars without him choking people across the room and blowing up planets all in the name of "peace" for the universe... Great example!

And I'm a sucker for a villain who gets redeemed too... Look at Spike on Buffy, right? :)

THanks for commenting!

Lisa :)

erin said...

Thanks for the fun post and congrats on the new release! Oh! You mentioned my fav, Spike :) I was kinda disappointed when they redeemed him...

Linda Thomas-Sundstrom said...

Waving at Lisa. Thanks for the post. Always love the picture of you as the EVIL QUEEN. Mwa-hahaha.
Linda

Mimi Sebastian said...

A post close to my own heart. I love a good villain! And enjoy stories told from the villain's point of view, like Wicked. Congrats on the release.

Melissa Keir said...

Oh yes Spike on Buffy, even Angel are both villains who were redeemed. Then again if you look from a different angle, Buffy isn't so innocent either! :)

Lisa W said...

I love Spike too! There were times when I liked him better than Angel. My girls got me addicted to the Teen Wolf tv show. Peter Hale (Derek's uncle and the former Alpha wolf) is so charming at times that you're not sure if you should love him or hate him.

Lisa Kessler said...

I agree Erin, I was torn about Spike being redeemed... He was one of those villains you loved because they were wicked. It felt like he lost some of his edge when he was redeemed.

Thanks for commenting!

Lisa :)

Lisa Kessler said...

Hee! THanks Linda! :) You know me... Eeeee-villll!!! LOL

Thanks for commenting!

Lisa :)

Lisa Kessler said...

You're my kind of gal Mimi! :) Seeing a story from the villains point of view definitely gives you a new perspective doesn't it? I love Wicked!!! :)

Thanks for commenting!!!

Lisa :)

Lisa Kessler said...

Oh I loved me some Angel!!!! Such a tortured redeemed villain! Love! :) And you're right, Buffy's not so innocent either...

Thanks for commenting Melissa!

Lisa :)

Lisa Kessler said...

I've heard good things about the Teen Wolf tv show but I haven't seen it yet... :)

I was in love with the 666 Park Avenue show too! So much intelligent evil there...

THanks for commenting Lisa!

Lisa :)

donnas said...

Congrats on the release!

donnas said...

That show was so good.

Pat Cochran said...

Favorite villains include Disney's Cruella and
Ursula & Buffy's Spike and Angel! I sometimes
find myself drawn more to the villains than to
the good guys and gals!

Pat C.


Shannon Bereza said...

Okay, not sure why but I never really got into Buffy, but from the other comments I too am a Teen Wolf fan and I watch it with two of my sons so its fun bonding time. And the I heard 666 Park Avenue mentioned and I love that show. There is just something about the Drake and you just don't know who is going to be the villain next because they all make deals with the devil. I can't wait for that show to come back on.

Lisa Kessler said...

Wasn't it??? I'm still in mourning that they cancelled 666 Park Avenue... URGH! *sigh*

Lisa :)

Lisa Kessler said...

Thanks Donna!!! :)

Lisa

Lisa Kessler said...

You have great taste Pat!!! LOL

And I'm with you, I'm often more attracted to the villains... Remember Keifer Sutherland in The Lost Boys??? *swoon*

Lisa :)

Lisa Kessler said...

Oh the Drake is so creepy, right??? I love when the setting becomes it's own character... Very clever!

Thanks for commenting Shannon!

Lisa :)

Lisa Kessler said...

Our winner is Mimi Sebastian!!!

Please email me at LdyDisney@aol.com and I'll get your eBook copy of Night Thief sent over...

Congratulations!

Thanks for the lively discussion everyone!

Lisa :)