stuff:revenge

claptomaniac  asked:

how to write about a person who wants a revenge on someone more powerful?? thanks love your blog so much :))

You have to consider several things here, including how much power the more powerful person has, and what level of power the avenger has. Fortunately revenge against the more powerful is not an uncommon theme (particularly when it comes to class and inequality in stories).

Some things to consider:

  • The bottom-up approach. Someone with less power is going to have less resources, but there’s a reason why action movies and spy thrillers have so many infiltrations via the staff - people in serving positions are often overlooked. If your character needs access to the powerful character and can’t walk through the front door, making connections with the lower level staff can help them a lot.
  • The disguise approach. Another frequent approach to revenge is to pretend to be someone else - something that may be limited by your character’s amount of connections and money. If they do have the resources, pretending to be someone else in order to get close to the person is another common approach.
  • The allied approach. Everyone knows the old cliche, ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend.’ This can play a large part in revenge stories, and it’s a common tactic in order to consolidate power against someone with more of it. This approach tends to get more complicated and risky, though, as time goes on. If you want to throw a few snags your character’s way, untrustworthy allies can help a lot in that regard.
  • The 'two graves’ approach. There’s a few reasons why many revenge tales ends in tragedy for all - to pass on a moral lesson about the downsides of revenge, for one, and to show the corrupting nature of hatred for another. The path to revenge often complicates and morally corrupts people, and while you may not want to kill your character off (that is also a tad cliche), having them live with the consequences of their actions is another thing you should consider.

It can also help to check out other tales of revenge for ideas. Here’s a few I’ve read:

  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas (for the classic!)
  • The Revenger’s Tragedy by Thomas Middleton (fEnglish Lit degree go!)
  • True Grit by Charles Portis (for the Western!)
  • The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud (for the fantasy!)

It has been 10 years since My Chemical Romance first told us the story of “A man, a woman and the corpses of a thousand evil men.” Happy release anniversary to ‘Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge!’ What are your favorite songs from the album?

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