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    Is it a bad idea to introduce my village before I introduce my hero

    Discussion in 'Plot Development' started by krobe74037, Dec 14, 2015.

    I'm in the process of rewriting a graphic novel and I'm coming to the conclusion that I might want to introduce my villian and how he came to be before I introduce my hero is this a bad idea do you have any pointers
     
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    Not a bad idea at all, especially in graphic novels - it's been a long time since I've read a graputhic novel, but I seem to recall that "The Maxx" pulls this off very well.
     
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    Hah awesome! Yeah I was reading through my script that I had and ran into a block of finding a motivation for my hero. So I thought on it and what I had so far was perfect for setting up how the villain came to be. Just wanted some input. Thank you!
     
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    Another question I have is how in depth should i go with the villains origin right of the bat? with out out sending readers the other way.
     
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    There is absolutely nothing nothing wrong with introducing your villain first. It can instantly set the stakes and provide a sense of danger and urgency.

    I can think of dozens of stories that do it well, but the most obvious one that everyone knows is Star Wars. Darth Vader is introduced LONG before we ever get to meet Luke.
     
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    ok so another question i have i understand stars wars luke is introduced decades after anikan(sp?) becomes darth varder. how long is to long before my hero is introduced. for instance villain comes to the city my story takes place in seeking revenge on a organization that crippled is family and home and see that it once again is doing it to a new place. he organizes a uprising and fights back with extreme force. city is basically destroyed by the fight and the hero has to step in. at what point should the hero come into the picture? and how do i make this villain a villain and not a anti-hero?
     
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    Don't go super in-depth right away. If you want to make the readers skew towards the hero, then make sure they become sympathetic to that character first and then later start to unearth all the little details of the villains past.
     
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    So should I start it with an internal dialogue of the hero and then move on to the villain before actually introducing or showing my hero
     
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    That could work. It would certainly show the reader that the main focus is on your hero and not your villain.
     
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