…should your original protagonist become the antagonist of his story? If that doesn’t happen, is your villain a true villain? If not, what role is that person playing in the story, and should another villain be introduced to play the actual role of an antagonist?
I don’t know if these questions makes sense… so I’ll elaborate using my personal struggle with my current WIP, Glance and the Blue Prophecy.
Over the past couple of days, I’ve been trying to work out a few kinks in my book that is preventing me from writing an ending that I like. In the process, I’ve realized that although my antagonist has a negative effect on my protagonists, if I flipped the story around, my protagonist wouldn’t have a negative effect on my antagonist.
Should an antagonist be negatively effected by the protagonist in some way? Is a protagonist-antagonist relationship supposed to be a harm-harm/competitive relationship? Or is it alright for it to be an amensalism (harm-no effect relationship)?
It’s really hard explaining the role my so-called antagonist has on this story. He negatively impacts the MC through the external conflict, but really helps her through the internal conflict, and she otherwise has little effect on him. Actually, I guess in the end she helps him complete his goals… So would that make him a protagonist? Or am I just super overthinking everything here?