In every story, writers hope readers will root for the hero and the heroine.
They’re the main characters, the center of the story. But without other
characters, readers can’t fully understand the motivations of the hero/heroine.
That’s one of the reasons I love antagonists. Not necessarily a villain, but
someone who doesn’t blindly follow the others. Someone who questions why the h/h
do what they do, or who may oppose them.
To me, the antagonist is every bit as important as the hero or heroine. Without
antagonists and the conflicts they present, the main characters might not show
readers what they’re really made of.
In TWICE IN
A BLUE MOON, Hayden can be a real jerk. He’s sarcastic, snippy and downright
rude sometimes. Just as I imagine a reality TV set to be like, with at the
participants adding extra conflict by acting out personal drama. Audiences love
the conflict they provide, and love to hate the jerks, which is one of the
reasons viewers keep tuning in week after week. So I imagine producers would
love Hayden too.
Let’s take a closer look at Hayden. He’s a video guy for the reality show No
Boundaries, so it’s his job to see everything that goes on around him. His
camera adds a bit of distance to what he sees, so it gives him a better
perspective. He knows Melanie’s falling for Buck even before she does.
I threw in a few hints about another reason Hayden’s more attuned to Melanie
than most. He’s got a crush on her. Not head-over-heels in love, but he’s
definitely In Lust with her. His actions speak pretty loudly about this. It’s
his one saving grace.
Readers aren’t supposed to necessarily like Hayden. But without him, Melanie
might have avoided the truth even though it was right in front of her. Hayden
helped force her to realize she had to make a decision, one that would impact
Antagonists help reveal the real character of the hero/heroine by challenging
them on a deep level. They hold up a mirror of the soul to the main character,
and though the main character might deny what s/he actually sees in that mirror,
eventually s/he has to deal with the truth.
Without the antagonist, the story lacks an added believability and depth. I
believe in HEA, but without an antagonist, that ending would be far too easy to
get to, and a less interesting read.
How do you feel about antagonists in stories? Do you have any favorites? Bad
guys/girls you loved to hate?
About TWICE IN A BLUE MOON
Can true love strike twice?
After the death of her first love, Melanie Michaels buries her grief in the
risky demands of a reality show, where her extreme stunts leave her teetering on
the edge danger. That’s exactly where she wants to be—until she arranges for her
crew to traverse the Swedish Lapland in the dead of winter. It’s the one place
she shouldn’t go, on the one day she should avoid—her would-be wedding anniversary.
Instead of romantic nights spent in the Ice Hotel or under the Northern Lights,
Melanie is stuck with Joe “Buck” Wright, a snarky loner tour guide who loves his
sled dogs and nothing and no one else. But Buck is also trying to numb a painful
past. Can two people skilled at pushing others away find warmth at the edge of
Fresh Fiction reviewer Christine Mize hails it as "a story that will warm your
heart on a cold winter day." Read the full review here.
About Cate Masters
Cate Masters is a hopeless romantic who loves a bit of adventure in her stories,
whether contemporary, historical or paranormal/fantasy. Connect with her online
at her blog, Facebook and Twitter.
2 comments posted.
Thanks so much for the high praise, Peggy! The setting was definitely different and required much research, but was well worth it because it's unique and yes, refreshing. Thanks for visiting!
(Cate Masters 11:40am January 22, 2015)