I have a scene that I’m considering writing, but I want to make sure it adds what I want to my character and doesn’t throw people off. My character is a villain/anti-hero/morally grey who gets darker as the novel progresses. My goal throughout this whole time is to trick readers into rooting for her and to justify her dark behavior.
In this scene my main character Raven sits down at dinner with the main villain, Silas who is a cannibal. One of the guards betrayed Silas and tried to help Raven escape. As revenge, Silas has the guards leg chopped off and served as the course meal, as the guard sits there with his newly bandaged leg. No one but Silas can stomach it and everyone sits there with the cooked leg on their plate.
I’m considering having Silas mock Raven and undermining how bloodthirsty and feared she was supposed to be, and how all the rumors must be false. In order to prove him wrong, she eats the leg in defiance, earning some sort of twisted approval from Silas.
It’s a very important stepping stone for their relationship (non romantic! Just a mutual curiosity and competition that they have) I’m afraid that this scene will be a little too much for readers and that they may grow to despise or even be disgusted by my main character. There are dark themes and frequent blood and gore throughout, but I’m still afraid that cannibalism, especially by my main character, ESPECIALLY eating the man’s leg in front of him… is a little bit toooo much.
- Ummm ya … too much
- It’s do able if written correctly!