Thursday, February 2, 2012
Guest Post & Giveaway: Karina Cooper - ALL THINGS WICKED
Hi Everyone. Please help me welcome Karina Cooper to the blog today! She is here to promote her new novel, All Things Wicked. Today Karina is going to talk about the antagonists in her novel.
Bad to the Bone
Or, I Used to Be an Antagonist and All I Got Was This Bloody T-Shirt
First of all, thank you so much for having me here! I don’t get to talk about my antagonists much, so it’s refreshing to look at things from their point of view.
They say–those ubiquitous they who say so many things–that everyone has a story to tell. No matter what authors are writing, what genre or grade, there is a fundamental core to every story that remains the same. I’m not sure if this is true or not, but I do recognize a trend in my own work. I write about people who don’t quite match what we picture when we think “good” and “bad”.
I like to play with the concept of antagonist versus protagonist. Good versus evil, black and white, and all those other sticky metaphors for “that one’s good and that one’s a total bastard”. For me, what should be a cut-and-dry issue–witches are evil, religion is bad, killers are morally bankrupt–becomes a gray area fraught with, “And yet...”
In All Things Wicked, the hero was once an antagonist–a man who has done terrible things for what we can only hope are good reasons. Caleb Leigh is fighting not just the coven of witches who were up to no good, but also the Order of witch hunters who’d have hunted them down. He’s working against his sister, who wants to help him–and ultimately place herself in danger to do it. He’s fighting the woman who becomes his heroine, who wants to see him burn for his betrayals.
That’s a lot of antagonism.
But he’s not the antagonist. The true antagonists of All Things Wicked aren’t all that clear-cut, either. On the one had, there are the witches who belong to the Coven of the Unbinding. These guys are bad news. Killers, kidnappers, magic-users who will stop at nothing to get what they want–whatever it is they want. They must be the defining “bad guys” of the book, aren’t they?
Only then there’s the Holy Order of St. Dominic. But surely they aren’t antagonists? Of course, they hunt and kill witches, but after everything Caleb’s done, you can’t blame them, right? As the overwatchers of the city of New Seattle, it’s their duty to protect it from the very same powers that destroyed it the first time, so a little overzealousness can be forgiven, don’t you think? Then there’s the closed trials and executions, the classified experiments and laboratories, the tyrannical... grasp on...
Okay, so the Order’s looking a little shady, isn’t it?
But what about the new Mission Director, Parker Adams? She’s only doing her job as she hunts Juliet Carpenter down. Is she an antagonist? Maybe?
So who, really, are the antagonists of All Things Wicked? The Coven? The Order? The Director?
Is there anyone who isn’t out to get us?
What’s your favorite type of antagonist? Do you like them cut and dry, bad is bad is bad, or do you like them more complicated? Who is your favorite antagonist of all time?
Author Bio – Karina Cooper
San Francisco provided me with a home only until the wanderlust struck. I was raised all over the U.S. like some kind of tiny blonde gypsy, and marinating in the melting pot of so many cultures may be the source of this wild imagination. No matter where I was or what I thought I wanted to be when I grew up—actress to artist, web designer, fashionista or author—I was always creative.
As far as careers go, daydreaming for a living kicks so much ass.
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