Please welcome YA Misfit MEGAN WHITMER to my blog!
So let's just go ahead and get this out of the way, because I know it's all you're thinking about right now-- TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY! *curtsies*
Being born on Halloween guaranteed that I would always love this time of year. There's a lot to love about it, right? The absolutely perfect weather. The gorgeous fall colors. The cute clothes. Hot apple cider. Football. And of course- THIS HOLIDAY, with the pumpkins, ghosts, witches, scary movie marathons, and general creepiness.
I love being scared. I love watching scary movies and reading scary books. I will go to any haunted house in the area. I am all about ghost tours and creepy urban legends. But try as I might, I can't seem to WRITE the scary stuff. I can come up with bad guys, sure. But SCARY? Keep you up at night, make you do a running leap from the doorway to your bed SCARY? Nope. This is basically the bane of my existence. (Well, this and the fact that I can't whistle, but whatever.)
I have a theory about why this is so difficult for me. When I develop characters, I like to think about why they are the way they are. For instance, in my book, Between, I spent a lot of time thinking about why Harper is so dependent on other people at first, why Seth is so overprotective, why Alexander is such a grouch....it's important to me to have a really good understanding of who they are, deep down, even if those backstories never come into play in the actual manuscript. But when it comes to scary--to me, it's better if I have no idea why the villain is so terrifying. If I understand, then I'm able to predict his or her actions, and it's so much scarier if we have absolutely no idea what's coming next, don't you think? When we don't really know what the villain is capable of?
Those are the scariest villains to me--the ones where all you can be sure of is that they are EVIL and you may never know why. With that in mind, here are my top five scariest villains!
5. Pennywise, the sharp-toothed clown in Stephen King's IT. I'm sure a lot of you have seen the movie. But if you've never read the book, then you have absolutely no idea how completely terrifying that freaking clown really is.
(Photo: It, 1990, Warner Bros. Television)
(Photo: The Ring, 2002, Dreamworks SKG)
(Photo: The Shining, 1980, Warner Bros. Pictures)
(Photo: The Omen, 1976, 20th Century Fox)
And while I'm on the topic, can we all just agree to pretend that Halloween III: Season of the Witch was never made? Thanks.
(Photo: Halloween, 1978, Compass International Pictures)
There you have it--my top five creepers. What about you guys? What makes a villain most terrifying for you? What others would you add to this list?
Thanks for having me, Kat!