June 24, 2014 by Kiersi
When I first saw ads for Disney’s Maleficent, my first thought was: Duh. Of course. Disney’s capitalizing on an existing property by retelling it from the villain’s point of view, with the necessary added bonus of lots of expensive special effects!
So, yeah, I was both super thrilled and totally underwhelmed by the idea of Maleficent. Because, see… I love bad guys.
I mean, boy, do I LOVE bad guys. You have no idea. (more…)
Category Commentary | Tags: antagonists,Disney,fairytale retelling,Maleficent,movie review,movies,villains | 5 Comments
August 22, 2012 by Kiersi
Yesterday I had one of those dreaded “duh” moments while talking plot with my good friend and co-conspirator, @eddyrivas.
Antagonists have a tendency to hide their faces. In my case, while working on The Aeronauts, one of Eddy’s best plot criticisms was that the evil Empire seemed “faceless.” Sure, we knew who the Emperor was by name and reputation, but it was hard for the reader to get a full and believable sense of his badness. As readers, we get that he’s a bad guy because everyone says he’s a bad guy–but where’s the proof? Where’s that gnarled, hawk-nosed face to go with it? (more…)
Category How-to | Tags: Aladdin,antagonists,Disney,Jafar,master plan,The Aeronauts,villains | 2 Comments