Monday, October 24, 2011

KILLER CHARACTERS BLOGFEST

I need to play a little bit, so this week I'm taking part in the 
KILLER CHARACTERS BLOGFEST

It's the brainchild of delightful bloggers Deana Barnhart and E. R. King (Get Busy Writing Blog). You can pop on over there to read about the blogfest and read the other participants' posts - this is a really fun one.

Today's post is on: Killer Supporting Characters. They don't actually have to BE killers, they just have to be "killer" in the sense that they are classic, unforgettable supporting characters - in YOUR opinion! I saw E.R.'s post this morning, and I think she may have come up with the best one of all, but I'll still go ahead and give you my vote for

BEST KILLER SUPPORTING CHARACTER:

A Little Drumroll please...............

SEVERUS SNAPE   from Harry Potter

Severus Snape - Evil Villian, or Just Misunderstood?

Severus gets my vote because he is such a classic conflicted villian-hero. You are never sure of him - throughout seven books. Right up until to the bitter end, we don't really know if Severus is really and truly bad.....

If not for the sorrow of his unrequited love, would Severus have been a different wizard altogether? A good man, a family man?

If not for his undying love for Lily Potter, would he have been an irredeemable scoundrel? A truly evil, unrepentent Death Eater?

Who the heck knows! Who the heck cares! He's perfect just the way he is - totally conflicted, tortured  and royally P.O'd about it.

Such ambiguity, such inner turmoil and angst are the stuff of great characters. Plus, I really have a thing for Alan Rickman. He can be cool, and he can be creepy. But most of all, of course, it's the Voice...

                                       
                                                        Cool....

Creepy...

Cool...well, maybe a still a little creepy,
but in a cool sort of way....

25 comments:

  1. Your questions about Snape say a lot about who he is. I do think his love for Lily saved his soul. Love always saves us. Excellent choice!

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  2. Maybe he'll be tne next Gene Hackman!!!

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  3. I LOVE Snape. He is such a fantastic character :) He's the perfect example of complex and complicated. Great choice!

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  4. E.R. - yes, love saved poor Snape's soul...

    RV - great character actors - both!

    Angela - thanks, I love him too. Hoping over to visit you now...

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  5. Snape is an excellent choice for this fest, and I loved your post. I also agree that the love for Lily saved his soul, and I have to admit that unrequited love stories are the ones that always get me the most!

    Great post, this is a really fun fest. :)

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  6. What a great characters. The best characters are ones where we don't know if they are evil or good.

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  7. I really like this fest! But blogger, or our computer service has been making it difficult for me to access the other blogs. But I will visit!

    Julie - I saw it on your blog, so thanks for clue-ing me in.

    Clarissa - I agree!

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  8. My choice too! I love Snape. The questions you pose are awesome.
    Snape shows how important love is. He could have been Voldemort. But, he wasn't.

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  9. Snape is getting a lot of love today, as well he should! And agreed that Alan Rickman' voice is just perfect!

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  10. Jen, Snape is a classic! There were a lot of other good choices too - very interesting to see what others picked.

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  11. Snape FTW! He's just such a clever character. I love how Rowling kept us guessing til the very end! And Rickman's voice is the best.

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  12. Snape truly is a great character. There's so much to be said about him, and Alan Rickman added so much to his character playing him in the movies.

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  13. he's played some awesome characters, i like his supporting role in galaxy quest the best! but his good/bad in hp is great too (remember him in die hard, another good bad guy!)

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  14. Great post! Love Snape and LOVE Alan Rickman!

    *********SPOILER ALERT************
    Just in case someone has been hiding under a rock!


    I cried like a baby when Severus died. Just thinking about it is bringing a tear to my eye. ='O(

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  15. Michelle! Hi!!! Good to see you. I don't know what it is about Alan Rickman...I guess it's that danger lurking beneath the surface even when he plays a "normal" guy - which of course he rarely does.

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  16. Seriously, how could I not have thought of him!!! He's the perfect secondary character. Doesn't hurt that I love Alan Rickman!

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  17. Great choice! I also have Snape as my Supporting Character. Rowlings did an awesome job of leading the reader this way and that, not revealing his true loyalties until the very end.

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  18. Ah Magpie...like-minded we are. Though I very much liked your choice of Helen too - it was nice to be surprised.

    Stephen, loved your choices for protagonist and antagonist too -I'm still mulling mine over...

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  19. I love that character. Really creepy and very mysterious!
    Blessings, Joanne

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  20. Joanne, yes, creeeeepppppppyyyyyy....

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  21. Doesn't he also play the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves??

    I love his voice. Creepy sexy...

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  22. I love his voice too! My guy is a voice over artist so voices are even more intriguing to me now. Enjoy your blogfest!

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  23. Tasha and Tracy - yes!!! The very evil Sheriff of Nottingham is one of my favorite Rickman roles. Also he is the villian in the first Die Hard movie.

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  24. Oh excellent excellent choice! I love snape too. And Alan Rickman plays it wonderfully. I love the conflicted approach to this character.

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