Lets face it, people... we love to hate.
In fiction, there's nothing more satisfying than reading the part where the baddie gets some serious payback for the suffering they've caused. It leaves the reader going a bit like this...
...closely followed by a mental victory lap.
In order to get that feeling of justice, you first need to have a serious cretin in your midst. This is why today's A to Z Blogging Challenge is dedicated to Baddies.
We need them in our lives. Just don't tell the brutes; it simply wont do to make an unsavoury character feel appreciated.
Who's your favourite fiction baddie? I have to say, mines is Olivia Foxworth from Virginia Andrews's Flowers In The Attic. She was a rancid maggot, wasn't she? Not only did she lock her grandchildren (whom she lovingly referred to as "The Devil's Spawn") in the attic for several years, she poured hot tar over poor Cathy's hair and conspired with their own mother to kill them!
Oh, she's a sinister swine! Can you think of a worse one? Do share :)
I'd also like dedicate the word B, today, for Bagpipes. Perhaps it's all this tartan blood running through my veins, but I just absolutely adore the sound of them, especially accompanied by a snare drum.
Here's a video-clip of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs performing with a bagpipe band, at a music festival I attended three years ago. It gave me goosebumps at the time and has the same effect today. Stunning. Enjoy!