Any tips on writing about revenge?

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Post by Guest »

Do you have anything to help me with?

Post by Aidan »

Revenge is a slippery slope to a power fantasy. If that’s what you’re going for, more power to you. However, I think the best stories about revenge have just as strong messages of consequence because vengeance isn’t something that comes free, it’s blinding and cruel.

That’s not to say you can’t have morally good characters who want revenge. Look at the Count of Monte Cristo. Dantes was consumed by revenge, but did so in a way that followed his mentor’s wish of him not killing. That is until his fight with Mondego, but he was still the morally correct person in that moment.

Post by Phillip »

The only thing I know is that they say revenge is a dish best served cold.

Post by Christopher »

I've got a western in mind and my idea is the old saying, when seeking revenge dig two graves. My protagonist's thought process is I'll dig as many as I need but mine is last.

Post by Elizabeth »

You can't write for revenge if doing a memoir. Otherwise, have at it!

Post by Brian »

Yes, let the action escalate a little before the revenge is acted out.

A really good suspense scene in most movies, the attacks don't happen right away, but the audience thinks it will.
Case in point one of the scariest scenes in the movie Child's Play, the mom, after finding the unopened package of batteries, while looking to see if there are batteries in the doll, the doll doesn't completely come to life like viewers expect, but the head simply turns and the doll says one of it's recorded sayings.

Post by Leo »

like murder. get away with it or not. Revenge includes a karmic response. Actually, Antonio Romero above comment is correct.
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