Monday, April 16, 2012

"N" is for Nemesis

 Nemesis: The inescapable or implacable agent of someone's or something's downfall.

I love when a character has a nemesis. I heard at a conference once, that you should make your villans tanglible beings. Not just an object like the eye of Sauron, but an actual person that your character can come up against. 

There will be different  opinions on this and that's okay. That's what makes our writing unique. And while I love Lord of the Rings, even if it is an eye, I also love when characters have a nemesis to battle!

It doesn't matter if you're old or young, you'll find a nemesis in many different shows. I can't help but love these characters. They can be truly evil and when our characters are able to out match them and out smart them, it is truly a triumphant moment. Not to mention the suspense they can add to your story. Love it!

I don't have a nemesis to share with you, but my dog does. It's the next door neighbors dog. Honestly, I think those two would kill each other in a fight. I'm not sure who would be the winner, but it'd be awful to watch. Both dogs are fine with other dogs, but they can find each other from a mile a way and then... IT.IS.ON!

How do you feel about having a nemesis in a story? Do you have one in real life? Wanna share?

FYI --- I can finally blog again so I'll be skipping around to all of your blogs as much as possible! Thanks for being patient while I got a working computer again!

35 comments:

Kyra Lennon said...

LOL, I used to have a real life nemesis, but I decided that in the end, it was better to let it go than fight to keep something that was never really worth the trouble. I think I win - all she has now is my leftovers! :p

inluvwithwords said...

Thankfully, I don't have a real life nemesis. How exhausting would that be?! But you're right, they definitely amp up the intensity in a story!

Jack said...

I don't have a nemesis...at least, I don't think! But, I do always add a nemesis in all my novels for my hero to conquer. I guess I enjoy the interaction between them, the sparing, the bantering that goes on in an evil, sick way! LOL Really though, what would a story be without an evil villain?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hopefully it works well without one. My first book has one who eventually becomes the hero's friend, but for the most part, the real nemesis is the hero's own self.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I read somewhere that the villain/nemesis is actually the star of their own story, that they're human, etc. I guess it's hard to totally hate a bad guy who brings his mother flowers every week.

Susan Roebuck said...

And the ideal nemesis (in fiction) usually has one or two redeeming qualities that make the reader wonder who's going to win in the end. No, I don't think I have a nemesis in real life...hope not anyway!

S.P. Bowers said...

First I think it's hilarious that your dog has a nemesis. I do like when there is an actual villian to fight, but too often in life our nemesis is more an idea or character flaw. Something ethereal. And I do get some satisfaction from seeing that in books. It's much easier to relate to than a psyco killer chasing me.

Donna K. Weaver said...

In my adventure romance, nature and one character's past trauma are actually the nemesis. In the WIP I'm editing now, there's definitely a human nemesis.

elizabeth seckman said...

For my dog, anything that comes near his food bowl is the enemy! (He gets that from me)

Nancy Stewart said...

Nemesis. What a marvelous word, particulary in the writing world. Love the post and the blog. Glad I visited.

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Thanks for sharing!

Cassie Mae said...

My character's nemesis is herself, lol.

As for me, it would be my sister in law. I'm pretty sure she doesn't read your blog. And if she does... I'm totally kidding! ;)

Cortney Pearson said...

I don't think I have a real-live nemesis! But my character does--it's her house! :D

Carrie-Anne said...

I love creating and writing a good antagonist. I profiled one of my favorites on my B day, and my ultimate nemesis (a woman) will be profiled on my U day. When I used to watch soaps, I always liked the interesting-evil villains (like Roger Thorpe and James Stenbeck) more than the psycho-evil villains, since you could understand their motivations and they were complex characters.

Angela Cothran said...

My real life nemesis--DINNER! I will get the best of you before I die!!!

Jenny S. Morris said...

I don't have a real life nemesis, but if done right they are the best. Mr. Smith anyone? And I agree about being tangible. Why are they bad? What makes them such a great counter part to your hero? LOVE Captain Hook.

Oh, and so happy for you that you were able to get your computer problems worked out.

Sara said...

I have a nemesis. I live with him. It's fun. For me at least.

Joshua said...

Does student loan debt count as a nemesis? I say yes.

Krista McLaughlin said...

I have a great nemesis in my book (which ironically the scene I posted today was mostly meeting him)! King Alined and the Guard are my terrible nemesis's for my book. So much fun to write!

I don't have a real life nemesis, but sometimes I feel like my own nemesis and I hold myself back. Great post Leigh!

Emily R. King said...

Your dog has a nemesis. LOL! My cat's nemesis would be my two-year-old. :)

Morgan said...

N-N-N-Nemesis. (Not sure why I did that)

Gotta love the good 'ol nemesis. I'm sure I have many *winks*

In my first novel, the main guy had a nemesis that was himself... his soul got ripped in two and it was sort of a Jeckyl and Hyde thing. I was proud of it. LOL.

LOooooove your posts, Leigh!

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

Having a great villain can add a lot to the story. But they are harder to create than they look. J.K. Rowling did it wonderfully.

As an aside note, in astrophysics, many scientists believe the sun has a dark twin. A star that orbits exactly opposite of earth at all times so we can never see it. This dark twin is called Nemesis and they think it's gravitation may be responsible for certain quirks that happen to our solar system from time to time.

Carrie Butler said...

Hah! Oh, this made my day: "Both dogs are fine with other dogs, but they can find each other from a mile a way and then... IT.IS.ON!"

I love it. :D

Tara Tyler said...

i have a villain, but he isnt the nemesis because the mc doesnt know who he is. i do love seeing a good nemesis relationship tho!

L.G.Smith said...

Don't think I want a nemesis in real life, but I do love a good villain. Peter Pan and Captain Hook are a great classic example.

Patricia T. said...

I haven't written any strong characters with nemesis -- although they appear as someone who teases or mocks. Great examples above.

Don't have any nemesis in real life -- unless it's my ego. And, at that I am trying to befriend it, not slay it. :)

Jessie Humphries said...

My current nemesis is my scale! Why does it keep telling me things I don't want to know! But I don't think that is super relevant here. :)

Judy said...

I love having a nemisis up against my favorite character - - as long as my guy/girl comes out on top!

Kelley Lynn said...

I don't have a nemesis.

There's definitely people not on my MC's side in the books I've written but there isn't that ONE person yet. Another story to come I'm sure :)

Leslie Rose said...

I love a good nemesis, especially when their power balances or slightly outweighs the good guy. Sauron works for me because his minions, the Nazgul, are so terrifying. It gives us tangible villains.

Nicole said...

Great word and great examples! I love a good nemesis. :)

Jolene Perry said...

Usually the nemesis (in my stories) isn't an actual person, but something else...

Great examples.

Ruth Josse said...

Nope, I don't have a nemisis. Except for myself. My favorite nemisis is Dr. Doofenshmirtz!

Jackie said...

I love giving my MC's a nemesis or two. :D

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

Love the dog story - I can totally picture it, like a cartoon!

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