Thursday, June 23, 2011

Guest Blog and Giveaway with Gabrielle Bisset

In Defense Of The Villain

Many times I’ll have readers tell me that my love for the villain in a story comes out as clearly as my love for the hero and heroine. They wonder why, and I tell them that the villain is as important to the story as the good characters. Without the antagonist, what do you have? Happily ever after from beginning to end. That’s boring. Just as in life, conflict creates much of what we find valuable.

The villain in my novella Vampire Dreams is a vampire named Vasilije. He’s the amalgamation of everything I think a vampire villain should be: smooth, vicious, manipulative, and powerful, in addition to being devastatingly good looking and wealthy. Vasilije makes life very difficult for the hero, Brandon, because he’s selfish. He’s lived long enough that he’s bored, and playing with Brandon and his new love interest amuses him.

For many, the villain is simply the character they love to hate, but I’ve always found villains intriguing. They add such darkness to even the lightest story, and it’s with them that the true nature of the story’s conflict is revealed.

Here’s a taste of Vasilije, in all his selfish glory:

“As someone who’s been a vampire for so long, you should know the alcohol never works like it did when you were human.”

Startled, Brandon turned to see his sire standing in the doorway. “Vasilije, what are you doing here?”

“Whatever could be the matter with my Brandon?”

As he spoke, Vasilije glided across the room toward the man he’d turned so many years earlier. Brandon watched him push his long black hair from his face to reveal the beautiful features his sire had possessed for as long as he’d known him. Crystal blue eyes stared into his as he struggled to look away.

Vasilije stopped within a foot of Brandon and reached his pale fingers out to touch his face. “What is it that makes you want to drown yourself in this ineffective poison?”

Brandon turned away to escape his touch and moved to the chair behind his desk, hoping to put some distance between him and his visitor. The last thing he wanted was for Vasilije to know anything about Arden.

With the desk in front of him, he felt his control begin to build. “Why are you here, Vasilije?”
His sire sat down in a leather chair across from the desk and tilted his head back, eyeing the ceiling. “I’m bored, dear Brandon. London is so dreadfully boring this time of year.” Vasilije lowered his gaze to meet Brandon’s. “I crave excitement.”

Vampire Dreams can be found at Amazon, All Romance eBooks, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. Readers can contact Gabrielle at gabriellebisset@gmail.com and visit her blog at http://gbisset.blogspot.com/

Want a chance to win a copy of Vampire Dreams? Just leave a comment telling me who your favorite villain is. One winner will be chosen randomly to win a PDF of the novella. Good luck!

13 comments:

Michelle L Olson said...

Great interview! Thoroughly enjoyable. Hmmm, fav villain, there are many, but today I'll have to go with Lothaire from
Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark.
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StacieDM said...

My favorite villians are always charming and brilliant. They may be pure evil but they usually have a wicked sense of humor.

I think of Hannibal Lecter, Benjamin Linus on LOST and Angelus (Souless Angel) on Buffy and Angel. I adore Angelus the most. He enjoyed the torture he doled out. He would smile while he killed you.

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SandyG265 said...

I've always liked the villians from the James Bond movies.

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Escape by Fiction said...

My favorite villain...hard one. There are so many characters that could be considered villains but then sometimes become heroes of their own book or in some other way - Mencheres & Vlad (Nightworld), Vlane (Fever), Misha (Riley Jenson).

In movies - anything Christopher Walken plays is always my favorite bad guy:)

Good reading ~ Escape by Fiction :)

Gabrielle said...

Thanks for participating in the Vampire Dreams book tour and giving me the chance to stop by Vamp Chix. Great site!

Sue said...

wow good giveaway, my fav villan would have to be Lash out of bdb series..

June M. said...

My favorite villian would have to my Hannibal Lector, especially with Anthony Hopkins playing him. I could not begin to count the number of times I ahve watched SILENCE OF THE LAMBS and I still love it.
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jackie b central texas said...

My favorite villain is Lex Luthor from the Superman movies, love Gene Hackman as a campy bad guy...

I think after reading the taste of Vasilije he may become one of my new faves as he reminds me of Anne Rice's Lestat who was also selfish and manipulative with Louis!


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elaing8 said...

I have a few favorites.One is Trent from Kim Harrison's Hollows series..another, Oliver from the Morganville series by Rachel Caine.
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donnas said...

Hannibal Lector, Voldemort, Trent from the Hollows, Vlad the Impaler
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latishajean said...

One of my favorite villain is Valentine from The Mortal Instuments.
This book sounds very good can't wait to read it!
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Roxanne Rhoads said...

and the winner is:

jackie b central texas said...
My favorite villain is Lex Luthor from the Superman movies, love Gene Hackman as a campy bad guy...

I think after reading the taste of Vasilije he may become one of my new faves as he reminds me of Anne Rice's Lestat who was also selfish and manipulative with Louis!


jacabur2008(@)gmail(dot)com

June 23, 2011 6:12 PM

jackie b central texas said...

Thanks Roxanne and thanks Gabrielle, looking forward to reading the novella ASAP!