Monday, July 21, 2014

Viewpoints for Antagonists of Suspense, Mystery and Horror.

I recently came across some useful information about antagonists. In my Shifter novel, I wanted to go for both suspense and romance. So I was reading up on suspense and the advice was to put your antagonist out in the open, fully explore his mind and even write in his viewpoint. While the Vallar series has suspense, I never went that far because I thought it was best to leave the thoughts of an evil person vague. Although, I know other books do, it just wasn't my thing.

However, I gave it a try with my antagonist Cassius (a dark shifter.) Then things took off from there. To my surprise, I don’t mind writing in his viewpoint or bringing out the reasons he is evil. Things started coming together. Who knew? Now keep in mind Cassius is not a sicko, he just doesn't have a problem with killing people who get in his way.

On the other hand, the advice for mystery was to leave your main character in the dark about the antagonist at first, until bit by bit the mystery is solved about how and why the murder or disaster happened.

This made me wonder about horror. Is the antagonist out in the open or hidden? I lean toward Horror being more like a mystery, except with a lot more evil and threatening visual hints of pending death for the main character.

What are your thoughts? What genre do you prefer? Suspense, mystery or horror? And why?

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I think horror can go either way.
I would take horror over mystery, but enjoy both. Actually, really enjoy a good thriller or mystery with horrific elements.

Pat Dilloway said...

I don't really read horror books, but I have watched quite a few horror movies.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

It kind of depends. I like horror that comes with a science fiction bent. But horror (as in ghosts or possessions and stuff) doesn't appeal to me.