I have two heroes in my new series. One is a human and one is a rat. At first I thought it was a good idea to give them the same antagonist. After all, I want their stories to run parallel and intertwine, so it seemed like a good idea at the time. But when I started to work it all out, it somehow felt wrong.
For Jacob, the human in the story, it was no problem to find a suitable reason why his antagonist hates him so much. They have a mutual past and a lot has happened.
In fact, so much happened between them that it was easy to fill the nine books in the series with the reveal of their hatred and how Jacob deals with this. And this slow reveal is how it should be, as the antagonist is not just a villain. He is Jacob’s uber-villain, who deserves the respect of having their story worked out into detail. Only then would their villainy make sense and have the reader rooting for Jacob in his quest to bring his main antagonist down.
Of course all of the books in my series are standalones. As cosy mysteries, each have a murder that gets solved. The murderer also has villainous intentions. He directs them not only at his victims, but also at those who try to uncover him. So the murderer is also Jacob’s adversary, but only for one book. Then Jacob ‘conquers’ him by exposing him as the murderer.
On top of having to deal with murderers, Jacob also has to deal with the uber-villain who will challenge him to the max. At the end of the series, beating the murderers as well as the uber-villain will change Jacob’s life forever and to the better.
I don’t know why I thought that a rat could have a human as uber-villain, but I did. Paddy also needs something to sink his teeth in, otherwise their is no point in him being the hero. However, it’s not going to be a human. Paddy’s uber-villain is as worthy as Jacob’s, but more on a level with the rats. He also has a complex background story and it has been so much fun to conjure one up!
I am putting the finishing touches to Paddy’s uber-villain right now, coming ever closer to the point where I can actually start writing.
The ‘only’ thing I need to do now is to find a way to intertwine the storylines of the two heroes and the two bad guys. I already have some cool things in mind. Jacob and Paddy better beware!
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