My God Complex and Dealing With The Devil

I was raised in a Southern Baptist household and cut my teeth on Old Testament stories full of the Devil and damnation. Having an active imagination and a strong desire to find good in everyone, I was particularly taken by the story about Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden. To me, it was a love story, maybe the greatest ever told. Adam gave up heaven on Earth to be with Eve after she ate from the apple. He could have resisted her and temptation and hung out with God, but he was so enamored by Eve, his good sense went out the proverbial window and he damned himself right along with her.

Destined to be a writer, I transformed many Biblical stories in my head instead of listening to the pastor on Sunday mornings, and questioned what might have happened if things had been different. What if the original garden had been the Garden of Evil and it was God who had to tempt Eve to eat from the apple in order to create heaven on Earth? What if God sent Adam and Eve back to Earth for a redo and once they got here and hung out with all of us, they had to decide if wiping out sin—which would include all of us born in sin—was a good deal?

In my Witches Anonymous novella series, I play with those ideas, letting Adam come back to Earth and find the perfect Eve (who happens to be named Amy). I took the Devil and gave him the ability to love, which in some religions, he was capable of as an archangel. And I continually flip the *rules* of good and evil on their heads, just to see what happens.

There are people in my family and in my community who don’t like me doing this. They refuse to read these stories. They don’t stand too close to me in case God sends a lightning bolt my way. Others get that the stories are fiction, and fantasy at that. They’re light and humorous and a fun read when you need a lift. Is there a moral to the stories? If you’re looking for one, you’ll find it. I throw in a lot of symbolism as well, and yes, I like to have a point to messing with the grand scheme of things, even if it is only fiction. Like in the first installment, which is the title of the series, some of my fans list this as their favorite quote: (Amy’s explaining things to Adam) “You see, free will begets self-responsibility. You can’t force someone else to be responsible for your decisions, even if the destiny of humanity rests on your shoulders…You take the credit and the blame, one-hundred percent, for your choices. No passing the buck. Or the forbidden fruit, for that matter. Eve sinned and so did you. You can’t blame her for tempting you to eat the apple or ask me to save you from eating it again.”

So I admit here on Magical Musings to have a God complex and rewriting good and evil to my liking. Working on this series constantly reminds me that good and evil exist in each of us, and it is our choice to resist or give in to temptation, whatever form it appears in. And just so you know, the WA series is romantic comedy because, having been raised on Old Testament beliefs, I can tell you I’ve found laughter is the best way to deal with the Devil (a little chocolate doesn’t hurt either!).

Readers: Have you read a story where good and evil are flipped around? Ever liked the bad guy more than the hero? Ever cheered when a character did the wrong thing instead of the right? Post an answer or comment and I’ll draw one name for a giveaway. The winner will receive an adorable The Devil Made Me Do It Sticky Note Pad (sorry I couldn’t get a picture to show up) or their choice of one of my WA novellas.

About Misty Evans

USA Today Bestselling Author Misty Evans writes the award-winning Super Agent series, as well as urban fantasy and paranormal romance. She likes her coffee black, her conspiracy theories juicy, and her wicked characters dressed in couture. When her muse lets her on the internet to play, she’s on Facebook and Twitter.
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25 Responses to My God Complex and Dealing With The Devil

  1. StacieDM says:

    Hello Misty!

    I was raised Free-Will Baptist in the reddest of red states so I hear where you are coming from. I have found myself rooting for the bad guy at times. They seem to have more fun and enjoy their life more than the hero sometimes. I’ve found this more with TV shows than books. I loved the characters of Angelus and Spike on Buffy/Angel. They always had a twinkle in their eyes when they did really bad things. Maybe I’m just warped but I’ve always been attracted to the villian in that way.

    • Misty Evans says:

      Stacie, I’m a huge Buffy fan! Love the Angel and Spike characters too. Angel, to me, is the perfect representation of man – our human natures are destined to sin but having a soul keeps us (most of us, anyway) struggling not to.

      So glad I’m not the only who enjoys the bad guys more than the good once in awhile!

  2. Edie Ramer says:

    Hannibal Lechter in Silence of the Lambs comes to mind immediately. I didn’t like him, but I was fascinated by him. I know I’ve been fascinated by villains in books, but I don’t remember the title.

    I just thought of another movie. The Prince of Thieves with Kevin Costner playing Robin Hood and Alan Rickman playing the Sheriff of Nottingham. I never watched the movie, but someone blogged about it yesterday and said something like “Who would you rather sleep with? Kevin Costner or Alan Rickman?”

    Alan Rickman, please. 😈

    • Misty Evans says:

      Edie, you constantly surprise me at your naughtiness! Alan is SO sexy in that bad guy way. I loved him in Robin Hood and I’m a closet Costner fan. LOL.

  3. Fascinating post, Misty!! I love your sense of humor and feel sorry for anyone who misses out on it… In answer to your question, the show “Lost” came to mind for me first. I did not watch it straight through to the final season, but I remember feeling strongly that “good” vs. “evil” wasn’t going to be easy at all to distinguish in that series ;).

    • Misty Evans says:

      Lost did mess with us on the subject of good and evil. So did Heroes. I enjoyed watching both shows, although Lost finally *lost* me after a few seasons.

      I’m glad you get my humor, M., and for your support of me and my series, you get my favorite icon: 😈 Mwahahaha.

  4. Amy Atwell says:

    Great post, Misty. The movie CRASH comes to mind. All these people facing different elements of racism and the moral choices they make based on bigotry or trying to overcome bigotry. The good guys did some morally reprehensible things, and the bad guys redeemed themselves in surprising ways. I was *so* uncomfortable viewing the movie, but I loved it all the same.

    • Misty Evans says:

      Amy, Crash is a good example of a storyline reflecting real life. All of us struggle with right and wrong, good and bad.

      I highly recommend The Departed with Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio for perfect good vs evil plotting. The storytelling is impeccable and the two lead actors aren’t bad either. 😉 It won four Oscars and taught me a lot about writing conflict – both internal and external.

  5. LaDonna says:

    Misty, count me in the many-ways-to-interpret-bible-stories club! 😆 I, too, have an inquisitive mind. Personally, I think God has a fabulous sense of humor. I read somewhere once that man’s downfall is the core desire to be right! With everyone vying for that position, it doesn’t leave much room for other ideals and beliefs hence the ongoing battles throughout mankind.

    I’ve always loved the series Charmed. Deals with good and evil in every episode, and light always wins. The darkness can wreck havoc, sure, but once light shines on their misdeeds they disapate like steam on hot asphalt. lol YAY for the white-lighters!

    • Misty Evans says:

      LaD, Charmed rocks! I’ve watched those shows on syndication so many times, I can Name-That-Episode just by seeing what clothes Phoebe’s wearing. LOL.

      Speaking of white-lighters, I’m a firm believer you are one. You’ve certainly taken me under your wing a time or two. (If we had an angel icon, I would add it here!)

  6. Misty, I love turning things on their head, so I love your attitude! One writer who consistently makes me wonder who is the good guy and who the bad is Iain M. Banks. His novel USE OF WEAPONS is one of the best examples ever of this, I think. Love it.

  7. Cynthia Eden says:

    I love flipping good and evil. Those are the best kinds of stories!

  8. I just logged in to say “you’re a gal after my own heart” and saw that you said that to Cindy (whom I also love for the same reason.) 😉

    Just last night I was thinking about my favorite WIPs and they all have good/evil not being what’s expected themes, and came to the conclusion that I’m still working out some of that fundamentalist stuff from my past. 🙂

    It’s one of the reason I enjoy your books (and Cynthia’s) so much. I tend to root for the bad guy – loved Snape in the Harry Potter series because he was neither truly good nor bad, and Edie mentioned Rickman as the evil sherrif – also fabulous. 🙂 (Hmm… I sense a Rickman theme here… yum) 🙂 Another “baddie” I loved was the Phantom of the Opera. I wished he’d gotten the girl.

    • Misty Evans says:

      Kate, I’ve read the short stories on your website. The Wedding is a great example of flipping a preconceived idea on its head! I’d take a wild guess and say you were working through fundamentalist stuff the day you wrote that. 😆

      Bad guys (and gals) rock. I wish Phantom had gotten the girl too.

  9. Liz Kreger says:

    Sorry I’m so late in commenting on this blog, Misty … great one by the way.

    I love that you’re turning myths and beliefs on their ears and twisting them to form your story. I firmly believe that where a lot of our beliefs come from. People who create their own version of events.

    • Misty Evans says:

      Hi Liz! No problem, the party goes on. With you here, it is officially in swing. 😀

      I agree! Creating worlds is heady and addictive. Good fiction writers create powerful worlds and play them up to the fullest. The stories that have passed the test of time do so because an storyteller took a chance and pushed characters and world to the limits. After awhile, what seemed twisted and *sinful* became the norm. Or so I’ve heard… 😎

  10. Misty Evans says:

    Stacie -you’re my winner! (Sorry I’m running so late announcing it.)

    Contact me with your choice of prizes at misty AT readmistyevans . com and congratulations!

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