I talked about different parts of my story idea before on here, but after receiving some feedback, I think I should make a change to the overall premise. I wasn't sure whether or not put this in the character or plot development forum since it's both. Sorry if I put it in the wrong one. In my story, there is a group of people who are have poor social skills because of their conditions while growing up. Conditions that would prohibit them from developing relationships with people and also romantic relationships of the opposite sex. This causes them to suffer from their involuntary celibacy, and they form a group of crooks who decide to do something about it to teach society a lesson so to speak. However, I am wondering what they could to make society listen. My original idea, was to have them kidnap and rape victims of the opposite sex, videotape it, and then broadcast it over the net, for all the public to see while making their demands. The videos would be made to be untraceable by them of course. They could also kill the victims as well, or let them go, without them knowing who kidnapped them, since they were wearing masks and gloves the whole time. However I showed an earlier draft to readers before, and they said they did not understand how the villain's way of teaching society a lesson would really work. It's not a solution they said. Basically I was told that they need an M.O., that makes more sense. So I was wondering what could they do instead, that would teach society a lesson, and actually create change? One writer I asked about it said that they should threaten to kill one of their hostages or more, unless the government passes certain laws that would meet their demands. However, this didn't really seem like it would to me, as you cannot pass a law that would actually get society to behave a certain way. You can only change society by making them feel a certain way, not by passing laws. Plus I don't think the government would do it, even if people's lives were at steak. One idea I have is that maybe the gang should just kidnap victims, but not rape or kill them at all, and maybe just psychologically terrorize them in front of a camera, for the public to see, then they state their demands, and then release the victims. That way they are using a less aggressive approach. Still very aggressive, just not near as, in comparison. This will either get society to listen more, or it will not be enough, and they would still have to take more extreme measures. But what do you think? I am curious as to what approach I should take with these types of villains, when it comes to giving them an M.O. that would make more sense in achieving their goals for the reader. What do you think? I was told by readers that they cannot get a sense of how the characters were pushed to such an extreme. They said they cannot tell if they are psychopaths or sociopaths, but they do not seem like it. They seem like people who started out normal, that were pushed this far overtime to do monstrous things in the name of the beliefs, which they development from how others treated them. However, as the writer, I don't think I should have to give my characters labels such as psychopath or sociopath, etc. I think that it's best to just to write who the character is and what changed him, leading him down a bad path, rather than to assign a psychological label for the reader, when neither I, nor most readers are psychologists. What do you think? Do I have to create a character based on a label in this case?