When is it good to be Mean?
Remember the girls at school who enjoyed being mean? We all knew one, no matter where we grew up, I remember the way it was.
Especially if you were different.
The ones that judged you and called you names. The ones who looked down their noses at you and made you feel like you were an outsider. They laughed at you, in front of your face and behind your back, whispering that you would never be good at anything. They did not single you out, they did this to anyone who would listen.
The reason for my negative nostalgia? As you can see by my rough draft I am creating my villain for the picture book.
I’m gathering ideas on what makes an evil villain. Thinking back to school days (way back) trying to remember what attributes those mean girls had.
I scanned many images, looking for the right girl a certain sneer, maybe a turned up lip, or her nose in the air. Anything that would suit the part. My villain does not need a grotesque or ugly face. Although having a cute pinky nose is no guarantee the owner will be all sweet and cuddly.
I chose this girl from real photos with her pink nose and a bushy mean stare.
When doing my research on villains I thought about one of my favourite book characters, it is Dolores Umbridge from those slightly famous books by
Dolores makes her first powerful appearance in
The Order Of The Phoenix from the Harry Potter series.
If you do not know her you can read about her here.
What a piece of work she is. She does her dastardly deeds whilst sipping tea, smiling sweetly, wrapped in a pink fluffy cardigan. Poor old Harry Potter never sees her coming. An excellent unexpected villain just the way I like them. To convey such wickedness looking like she just got back from church is real to me and even scarier than a flesh-eating zombie after dark. Villains are every day normal people just like you or me. I find the ones who don’t look or act evil in the beginning, scare me forever.
My villain is a tad shallow and frightfully stuck up. She informs Sugar she is far too different to win a prize at the fair. She indeed sets fear into our hero at first, this mean act is the reason Sugar gets angry and determined to prove she can win a ribbon at the fair. Sugar does get even and rightly so, with the help of some new friends, a bowl of fairy floss and a blustering wind.
I found my mean girl, in the same paddock where I found Sugar (fancy that!)
I can’t say too much about the real story here, and probably should not share my art work either. I have not decided which way I am going to publish. I will worry about that when I finish. All I can say is my characters both the good and the evil have a place in my heart and one day they will be hopefully loved by many.
When is it good to be mean?
When you are the most evil villain in a story.
Who do you love as a villain please share here.