(Includes Let Me Show You spoilers)
“Well, you did it. You made me like Scott after wishing him bodily harm while reading Let Me Show You. I was really curious about how this book would play out for me. I had instantly fallen in love with Carter, and when Scott pulled all that sh*t, I absolutely hated him for it. My poor Carter did NOT deserve that, and I was more than a little disappointed when Scott didn’t get his ass kicked in Let Me Show You. I wasn’t sure he could be fully redeemed in my eyes and didn’t think the asshole deserved his own book.
“Clearly, I’m not that smart. LOL This book was beautifully written. My heart went out to Scott for the way he was treated…” ~ Proofreader, Donna Pemberton
I really hope you’ve already checked out Let Me Show You. In doing so you’ll probably relate completely to my fabulous proofreader’s comment left to me during editing I’ve Got You.
So, how do you make the villain the hero? How do you make a reader who believed “the asshole” didn’t deserve his own book, change their minds and actively cheer?
Alas, you’re going to have to read I’ve Got you to find out. *cue evil laugh* Obviously I’m not going to lay out the ins and outs for you. But I will share that it’s all about the journey.
When we have the opportunity to look into a character’s past, not only are we given insight into what events or experiences helped to shape them, but we are also given the opportunity to understand the why and how they became the person that they are/were.
When you dip into Scott’s past, you’re gifted with the chance to see how he became the man in Let Me Show You. But his antagonist status is really redefined by his actions in I’ve Got You, making him wholeheartedly, the protagonist.
I love words—go figure. They’re powerful and potentially life-changing, but in truth, it’s a person’s actions that can define their character. It soon becomes clear that Scott doesn’t simply say what he thinks is the “right” thing to say; he doesn’t say what he “thinks” others want to hear. Rather, he takes action, strives for positive changes.
In part, this is also about mindset, especially in Scott’s case considering who he is and his personal struggles. But not only that, Scott doesn’t make excuses for his behaviour, for his past offences or general asshole ways. He steps up and takes responsibility… but not with just pretty words, but with his actions.
If any character is deserving of a chance, it’s definitely my damaged—but not broken—Scott.