Well, I've been toying around with a superhero/villain story for a while and (after catching up on some episodes of Heroes) I've decided to put all my other projects on hold and go back to writing this story. The challenge with this story is that there's 2 main characters, twins, who get powers. One becomes a hero, the other a villain.
So, here's the dillemma I'm facing: How am I going to write from a villain's perspective and still get the reader to like him?
I love watching sympathetic villains (you know, the ones you wished you could root for even though you know they're evil and will probably never win), but I've never read anything from a villains POV before. There are several stories out there that have kids placed in the villainous role, but still they end up being the hero (probably because everyone else around them are evil and they defeat them).
To be able to write a likeable villain, is the same to write any character:
- Readers need to be able to relate to them.
- All actions have to have a consequence.
- They have to have some morals and ideals - even though they are more twisted than the hero.
- They can't be 100% evil (just like heroes can't be 100% good) - that's just not realistic.
- They have to have a goal, and reasons behind the goal.