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Having a great protagonist is very important but like my t-shirt says “every great story needs a great villain”. The quality of the bad guy is what makes a story. So at Stand Out Books, helps you to root out a cheesy villain and make your story awesome.
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The Best Ways To Root Out A Cheesy Villain
Ever wondered how to tell if your villain is cheesy, or how you can make them more realistic and engaging? In this article I’ll be looking at exactly that, but instead of offering advice to authors, I’m going to the heart of the problem…
In a cloud-shrouded castle he waits, plotting the demise of all who would oppose him in his quest for unlimited power. Outside, lightning streaks through the fell air, punctuating his cackling laughter. Silence falls and, in the distance, he hears the distant tinkling of a bell.
“Who dares enter my presence?” he booms, waving one perfectly manicured hand – an indication that his hulking assistant should go and fetch their midnight caller. A few moments later his visitor is ushered in, trailing behind him a motley assortment of brigands and rogues. There’s a serial killer, clutching a bloodied hatchet and a well-thumbed holy book. Behind him there stands a gorgeous woman, quite clearly hiding some kind of knock-out drug behind her back. Further back, a bulbous-headed alien is engaged in hushed conversation with a poorly built killer robot. The visitor, clearly leading this strange group, smiles at Dark Mage Kardak.
“Who are you?” asks the dark mage.
“I’m the editor,” says the visitor, “and I think we’ve got a problem.”
“I think…” the editor hesitates. “I think you might be a bit cheesy.”
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