John Marsden Writing Topic #135

From Writing Topic #131 until Writing Topic #149 are “based on a book”. The book I have chosen to focus on is Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern.

Write a defence for a ‘villain’, e.g. the wolf in The Three Little Pigs, Jack in Lord of the Flies**

This writing prompt seemed out of place compared to the other writing topics in the Based on a Book category as the other topics specifically focus on the book that I have chosen, so I have chosen to write a defence for a ‘villain’ in Where Rainbows End.

I believe that Greg is the villain in Where Rainbows End. You could argue that Sally and Bethany are also villains as they are also obstacles in Rosie and Alex being together and that they are just as insecure as Greg is when it comes to Rosie & Alex’s friendship. However Greg is the only one out of the three to consciously keep Rosie & Alex apart by intercepting Alex’s letter and cheats on Rosie several times. I actually find it hard to defend Greg as he has been well written as a villain, the only defence I can think of is that he is incredibly insecure about Rosie & Alex’s friendship and his, for lack of better words, power and masculinity with his relationship with Rosie. This is shown when he tries to threaten Alex to stay away from Rosie and it doesn’t work. However he also redeems himself somewhat when years later after he and Rosie have divorced and Rosie’s mother has passed away, when he gives Katie the letter from Alex, as well as the wedding invitation to Alex’s second wedding, as he didn’t want to be the cause of her loneliness and also emphasised with her as he felt lonely after his own mother passed away. I say that it is a somewhat redemption due to the fact that he didn’t have the guts to deliver the letter and invitation to Rosie himself, however he might not have wanted to cause trouble and upset Rosie even further.


**Reference: Marsden, J 1998, Everything I Know About Writing, Pan Macmillan, Australia.



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