Bullies, Bastards & Bitches (a book)

Maybe this is a book that needs a plain brown wrapper. I saw Bullies, Bastards & Bitches by Jessica Page Morrell in the hands of my writer friend Robin who is definitely circumspect about the language she uses. How intriguing, this title.  So, I borrowed the book. Couldn’t put it down; wanted to mark it up, turn back page corners, highlight passages. So, I bought my own copy. This cover is a grab from Amazon.com. I’ve been writing mostly kid gardening books, so I figured this wouldn’t be the right reference book for that genre. However, I’m also co-authoring an international thriller, and boy, do we have a couple of evil, sociopathic antagonists in our book. Wish I’d had this before we began! In her book, Morrell describes anti-heroes, dark heroes, villains, devils, mischief makers, bad boys, and unlikeable heroes (and bad girls, too). Her examples from well-known books and movies are helpful: Blue Duck, Hannibal Lecter, Captain Queeg, Darth Vader, Captain Hook, The Joker, Heathcliff, and Mr. Darcy, to name a few. Morrell’s book is an excellent compendium of all the different bad guy characters, each with various shadings of personality, life story, motivation, psychology, and behavior. As much as we like a memorable protagonist, we need to have a memorable antagonist, too. As fiction writers, we must decide exactly which bad guy character suits our story and will be the best foil for our hero or heroine. This is a great reference book to help one write in just the right bad guy. Makes me want to write a sequel!

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