Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Villains over at SF Singnal

I love speculative fiction, and one of my favorite speculative fiction blogs is SF Signal.

They come up with posts like this: MIND MELD: Bad Guys We Love to Hate: The Best Film Villains in SF/F/H (with Various Videos of Villainy) and even better, this: MIND MELD: Bad Guys We Love to Hate: The Best Literary Villains in SF/F/H.

I encourage you to read these two delicious posts.

My favorite literary science fiction villain is the literature quoting book burner fire captain from Fahrenheit 451, Beatty. He, out of all the characters in the book, seems to have the most freedom, and yet he chooses to burn books. Indeed, he seems to be the mastermind of the dystopian society. And, at the end, you wind up sympathizing with him as he makes another choice to pay the fitting price for his misdeeds. It seemed, out of a book filled with self-servicing chacters, he was the only one honest about it.

What a villain!

We here in Adventures in Writing like to post about villains, and read your villainous comments. Halloween is coming up, so before the holiday season starts, get your villain on!


  1. Lovecraftian child-eating spider-clown for the win.-Stacie Hanes

    Go Pennywise the Dancing Clown

  2. you've a great point here: it seems that the more an audience can empathize with a bad guy, the more recognizable the emotions, the more relatable the motivations, the scarier the villain... i'm working on my bad guy :)


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