Creativity Film Writers

Sympathy for the Devil: Dark Heroes in Film and Fiction

Penington C May 27, 2017 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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Laura (Nikki) Navarre

Using film clips from blockbuster movies, this multimedia workshop explores dark heroes and heroines across the spectrum of film and fiction: vampires and assassins, superheroes, courtesans and spies, from Walter White in Breaking Bad to Daniel Craig’s icy James Bond and “lighter” dark heroes like Mr. Darcy in Pride & Prejudice. What makes a hero/heroine dark, yet keeps them human (and sexy)? How do you establish and maintain reader sympathy and identification with dark heroes? How can you best develop a dark hero and a pure heroine—or vice versa? What happens when you reverse those tropes? We also look at dark hero/villain relationships, how the right villain “completes” the hero, and the villain’s role in the hero’s redemption.