i think you may have talked about this before, but i was wondering how you feel about giving your villains redemption arcs? Do you like the idea of them being redeemed our would you rather they get to stay villains? (i think all of your characters are brilliant BTW!)
it depends on the villain/story! It also depends on how I treat the villain within the narrative and what kind of note I want to end the book/series on.
i know people who conditionally ship villains/heroines if the villain has a good redemption arc but I think what’s more important is how much respect is involved between the two, less morals, more personal.
(i can write a book about a girl falling in love with a boy who is literally her moral opposite because it’s personal. but then i get to deal with the fall out/issues of the moral quandary.)
redemption arcs are nooooot really very important to me but i’m also not do or die, like, say how the Darkling was handled in Grisha. Villains can go unrepentant and unpunished and it’s mostly about how you build the moral scope of the world before you write it. Is it going to be a world where there’s a toll for every evil act and a character can stray only so far before being taken out or turned around or is it one where everyone is Awful Anyway?
mostly MOSTLY this is all tl;dr to say that I prefer villains staying villains & if i give them redemption arcs they’re probably not going to be in the way that would please the types of people who think redemption arcs are necessary for sympathetic villains.
(also thank you! <3)