Sex for the Oppositional

I’m sure I’ve seen another discussion, somewhere on the Internet at somewhen, a discussion of villains and sex. If I could remember where or when, I would hunt it up and post the links for your reading pleasure. But since I can’t, I’ll just ramble in my usual fashion.

The villain of a story doesn’t necessarily need to be Evil. They usually have more depth if they’re like everyone else, and don’t think of themselves as bad. There are villains in romance novels, and in erotica. Often, if the villian has sex, it’s not ordinary sex. It’s evil sex. Or cruel sex. Or sex that just isn’t very good.

Is that fair? No, it is not.

Villains–or perhaps we should call them “Oppositional Characters”–need love more than the main pairing who are, after all, guaranteed a happy ending most of the time.

I know you’re asking, “What can I do? How can I help these poor, lonely characters?”

You don’t need to invite them into your home, or even donate money. Simply give them a chance! Or at the very least, a nice new sex toy that they and their partners will enjoy. Let these characters find a little tenderness as they strive to destroy the protagonist’s happiness, or the world. Remember, Oppositional Characters need love, too.

About Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen’s first erotic novel, The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover (Harlequin Spice, December 2008), was translated into French and German. Her second Spice novel, The Moonlight Mistress (December 2009), was translated into Italian and nominated for a RT Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her third novel is The Duke & The Pirate Queen (December 2010). She has also published erotic short stories as Elspeth Potter. Her blog features professional writing and marketing tips, genre discussion, book reviews, and occasional author interviews.
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5 Responses to Sex for the Oppositional

  1. George Allwynn says:

    I love your thoughts on the subject! I too, love my bad boys – even the villains from Disney are near and dear to my heart!

    Without villains, we would have no story!

    Thanks for standing up for the evil ones! Yes, they deserve a chance for their own sort of demented bliss as well….

  2. Keira of LoveRomancePassion says:

    Love the picture – haha what a great title and byline.

  3. Kate Pearce says:

    You have got to read Simply Insatiable-this post is written for that hero :)

  4. Victoria Janssen says:

    It's waiting for me right now. Sitting on top of the TBR stack, batting its eyelashes….

  5. Victoria Janssen says:

    "Demented bliss." I like it!

    Keira, I have a giant folder full of vintage book covers saved up. I just need to do enough posts on the right topics….

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