Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The O-P Post: part 1


The O-P post today looks at the Opposition in characters. 

A protagonist needs, absolutely must have the antagonist in some form to propel the plot, provide the climactic resolution, and satisfy the reader.  Without opposition, life is dull.
from Wikipedia

What would Superman be without Lex Luthor?  Gene Hackman would never have entertained us with his pure villainy.

File:Gene Hackman in "The French Connection" (screenshot).jpg
Gene Hackman as "Popeye" Doyle in The French Connection

Where would Batman be without the pantheon of super-villains?  A one-time movie deal is where he’d be.  No Christian Bale, for sure.

Christian Bale as Batman

Opposition brings out the worst and the best in the character.  It challenges the character to plumb the depths of his soul and make choices for good or evil.  The conflict between carnal and heavenly aspirations keeps the reader/viewer from dumping the book/movie and channel surf.

Tomorrow, opposition transforms a classic book/movie, making far more enjoyable (in my opinion).

15 comments:

  1. Conflict makes a story, it makes life interesting, and heck, it makes a marriage. Without it, life would be very dull. At least that is what I tell myself.

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  2. Chart opposition is also true in astrology. If you want and interesting life, chose a life partner opposite you in the astro chart. whoo hoo

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  3. Yeah you need to have the bad guy or some opposition, or it be boring watching just about every movie going.

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  4. I love to write blurry opposition lines, so that the reader is never quite sure who's the good/bad guy.

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  5. The yin and yang of storytelling. For every positive there is a negative. :)

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  6. A good reminder and makes for interesting characters:)

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  7. Conflict comes in so many forms. Films and literature would be boring and not really go anywhere much without it, but I'm getting a bit tired of the real life ones.

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  8. Forgot to mention that I will describe my trip through AZ in 1972 in my S post. I have old pictures too.

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  9. There wouldn't be much of a story to tell if there wasn't opposition to the main character. Great examples!

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  10. Totally agree - there has to be a "baddie"!

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  11. Batman is my favorite superhero precicely because he has such awesome opposition. Nobody beats The Joker.

    Sarah Allen
    (From Sarah, With Joy)

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  12. Absolutely ... without the antagonist there is no protagonist. Opposition makes for a great story/movie and a memorable character, even if a bad one. I still remember Hannibal Lecter's name after all these years, but can't remember the name of the main character.

    Silvia @ Silvia Writes

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  13. True. And I think we need some form of opposition to grow as people too.

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  14. You know you've got a great villain when someone has a gut reaction like, "I love to hate that character!" Where would Luke be without Vader?

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!