Archive for January 16th, 2013

January 16, 2013

Bad Guys as Good Guys: The Dexter Approach

Brad Johnson has written a great article for Script Magazine about how villains can make compelling protagonists. He uses Dexter as a prime example.

Johnson writes:

So you think that bad guys can only be Antagonists? Think again. They’re just as multi-faceted as the good guys these days. One day, when you least expect it, you’ll realize the script idea rolling around in that brain of yours is crying out to have a bad guy protagonist at the heart of the story. But how do you put someone like that at the center of your script and expect the audience to go along for the ride? Audiences like to cheer for the good guys, right? Actually, what they really like to cheer for is a character with whom they identify. On some level – any level – if the audience can catch a glimpse of themselves inside the character, then you’re golden.

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January 16, 2013

Quote of the Day: Philip Unwin

The long-lived books of tomorrow are concealed somewhere amongst the so-far unpublished MSS of today.