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March’s Question: Whose perspective do you like to write from best, the hero (protagonist) or the villain (antagonist) and why?
I agree with Sirius Black when he says that we all have light and dark inside of us, that what matters is the part we choose to act on. I try to write flawed heroes. They’re more interesting if they aren’t 100% good, just as villains are more interesting if they aren’t 100% bad. Therefore, I have moments when writing from the perspective of my hero that I realize I’m actually writing from the perspective of a villain and vice versa.
I default to writing from the perspective of the hero. I consider myself a good person, so it’s naturally easier for me to write from the perspective of a “good guy.” My writing is stronger from that perspective because it’s my comfort zone. I have plenty of story ideas that require me to go pretty deeply into the perspective of the villain. Just the thought makes me a little uncomfortable. Needless to say, those stories haven’t gotten very far.
A well-balanced story requires giving the reader a bird’s eye view. They need to see everyone from every angle (within reason – there still needs to be elements of surprise or else the story still fails) so that they can make a well-educated decision about who to root for. I acknowledge that I don’t really give my readers that balance because it makes me uncomfortable. This is one of many things I need to work on.
Let’s get the beach ball rolling: As a reader, which perspective do you most enjoy reading, the hero or the villain, and why?