Baddies – What Makes a Good One? & 103,892 words

D.R.SYLVESTER FICTION

Writing outdoors with a nice 2008 bottle of Merlot with little crystals at the bottom because it's so awesome. Writing outdoors with a nice 2008 bottle of Merlot with little crystals at the bottom because it’s so awesome.

Today, whilst sitting in the best writing spot I know, drinking some excellent old red (why is it all gone?) I had a think about my baddie-guys. This came about as a result of some google researching: what made the Star Wars prequels into such god-awful piles of junk (I wanted to like them. I really tried).

Apparently one of the (many) failings was a lack of clear direction for the bad guys. I get this argument.

Palpatine might be a very evil dude, but everything he does is political and behind the scenes. If he’d just once strangled a youngling when there were no jedi watching, our investment in his character (and in screaming for his eventual demise) would have shot through the roof. The political intrigue angle is fine, but…

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