Editing Part 1

It’s weird what you learn about yourself when editing your own book. For instance, I put a lot less on paper than I actually think about. In case that doesn’t actually make sense, let me give y’all an example. One of my handlers is Asian. I know this and this is how I’ve imagined her, but while reading through my draft, I realized that I never actually said that. It took me two edits to realize this. Granted they were a spell check edit and a grammatical edit, but still. During my content edit, I can fix this.

What are y’all’s weird editing things? I know it can’t just be me.

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Three Things

I thought about doing all of them in one post, but that would be long and disjointed, so I’m going to do two in this one and the other one later.

First thing: I’ve graduated college! Because of that, I need a new name for this blog. Any suggestions are welcome.

Second thing: I got an award!

Thank you  L.E. Hunt The Palace for nominating me! Check her out because she’s awesome and she’s getting published soon.

So here are the rules.

1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.

2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.

3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.

4. Nominate 11 blogs (with under 200 followers).

5. Notify these blogs of the nomination.

6. Give them 11 questions to answer.

I don’t understand the fascination with 11, but here goes.

  1. What’s an interesting place you’ve been? My family went on a cruise to Greece and Italy as a celebration of my graduation. It was ten days and it was fabulous. I even found out I can sleep on a boat.
  2. Strange childhood obsession? Warriors by Erin Hunt. It’s a series about cats that a friend and I were into in middle school.
  3. Favorite book genre? I’m going to go with YA, both because I write it and because so many other genres can fit under it.
  4. If given the chance to be immortal, would you take it? Heck no. When God decides he wants to take me, I want to go. I’m not trying to be morbid, Heaven’s just better.
  5. Can you whistle? No.
  6. Was there ever a time you preferred the movie to the book? Yes. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
  7. Do you have any pets? Technically Lizzy is my mom’s dog, but yes.
  8. If you could have another ability, what would it be? The ability to refill things.
  9. What place do you want to live the most? Probably Middle Earth.
  10. Favorite Disney movie? I’m going to break this down into two categories: Disney princess and non-Disney princess. My favorite Disney Princess Movie is The Little Mermaid. My favorite non-Disney princess movie is Peter Pan.
  11. What is the best thing ever? Chocolate.

Now to the 11 random facts about me. I’ve always been terrible at these, so sorry in advance.

  1. I have broken four bones.
  2. I love dogs
  3. I hate cats and they hate me
  4. I’m terrified of down escalators
  5. I don’t like whipped cream
  6. If I had my way, I would never have roommates again
  7. I sleep like one of the dead, so it’s likely unsafe for me to live alone
  8. My favorite color is blue
  9. I watch violent movies on Valentine’s day
  10. My first phone was a pink Razr and it was indestructible.
  11. I’m incredibly unathletic, but not for lack of trying.

Most of the blogs that I follow are ginormous and don’t need any help, so I’ve only nominated six.

Willow Wood

katelynjeane Purposeful Living

L.A. Smith The Travelers Path

Honoring the Heroines

Maria Alexander

Gabriel Lucatero

These are the 11 questions I want them to answer.

  1. Who is your favorite superhero?
  2. Favorite Disney sidekick?
  3. Favorite non-Disney animated movie?
  4. What do you do when you have writer’s block?
  5. If you could pick one mythological being to be real, what would it be?
  6. What’s the best vacation you ever went on?
  7. What’s one unpopular opinion you have and why do you have it?
  8. What’s your zombie apocalypse plan?
  9. If you were a fictional character, what kind would you be? (hero, sidekick, villain, henchman, etc.)
  10. What would you do if you won the lottery?
  11. Sci-fi or Fantasy?

I have one question for everyone. Had you ever heard about this award before now?

 

Every Villain is a Hero in His (or Her) Own Mind

As a disclaimer, villains are not my favorite. I’m a hero/sidekick person. However, a thought struck me while I was watching Merlin fanvideos on Youtube.  The reason why I like the few villains that I do like are because they are sympathetic characters. If the story was shown from their point of view, they would be the hero.

The villains I’m referring to are Morgana Pendragon from BBC’s Merlin and Regina from Once Upon A Time. The fact that it actually hurts me to call them villains is a great illustrator to that point. If you want to avoid spoilers for either show, I would suggest that you stop now, because I’m going to be spoiling several key plot points.

Still with me? Ok then. I’ll start with Morgana. One of the first thoughts I had when I first “met” her was that she was a woman out of time. She is an independent and opinionated woman. In modern times she would have been a politician or an activist. In Camelot though she is repressed and sheltered. When she learns, rather violently, that she has supernatural abilities that are also highly illegal, she turns to the people she thinks that she can trust and they lie to, belittle, and betray her.  The one person she finds she can trust is completely crazy and manipulative and power hungry. And so she goes off the deep end. If one of the people you thought you could trust tried to poison you, wouldn’t you go a little off too? This is a woman twisted and manipulated and pushed to her limits. Eventually, she gets pushed over the edge. And that is what makes her sympathetic. Even in the later seasons when she is continuously trying to kill the heroes, she thinks that she is doing what is right. She thinks that herself and people like her will never be safe until Camelot is under her rule. She’s the embodiment of the idea that one man’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter. Colin Morgan even said in an interview that if Merlin had not known his destiny, he would have sided with Morgana.

Now I’ll move to Regina. You might better know her by her more common moniker, the Evil Queen. At her origins, she was an innocent girl in love with a stable boy. Her mother has delusions of power and kills the man Regina loves so that she can attain that power. The only reason that this was allowed to happen is because Regina saved the life of a little girl, Snow White. Since Snow White was the king’s daughter, he repays her by asking her to marry him. Her mother accepts for her and Regina plans to run away with the stable boy. Snow catches them kissing and Regina makes her promise not to tell. Being a 10 year old girl and completely innocent, Snow blabs to Regina’s mother. She catches them in the act and kills him. Regina vows to have her revenge on Snow and lets that revenge corrupt and darken her heart.

These two actually have a fair amount in common. Both have abusive parents. Both are manipulated and twisted by people they trust. Both lose people that they love. Both believe that they are in the right. Regina believes that she is justified in her revenge and Morgana believes that she is fighting for what is right.

This is what makes them such compelling characters. They aren’t one dimensional villain characters. They are people with motivations and reasoning behind their behaviors. Their behaviors are obviously awful, but they are very difficult to hate.

This obviously isn’t just a female phenomenon. The quote used in the title was coined by a man. I’m looking at you Loki. Considering the fact that the Loki fandom scares me I won’t say much more on the subject, but this is a man that believes his birthright has been stolen from him and intends to steal it back.

Another example from Merlin is Mordred himself. When he is first introduced, he is just a boy. Even when he is reintroduced as an adult, he only seems dangerous because Merlin has been told that he is. He only turns against the heroes when they execute the love of his life. Unlike with Morgana and Regina, the heroes are actually right in doing this. She has committed treason against Arthur and must die. Arthur even tries to give her a second chance, but she refuses and is hanged.

What do y’all think? Who are your favorite villains? Do they fancy themselves heroic or do they just do it because they can?