Take a look at the protagonist and antagonist from the bestselling novel Intensity by Dean Koontz.
Shepherd as a child:
- Grew up in a broken, fatherless home.
- A victim of decades of psychological abuse.
- Repeatedly threatened with physical and sexual abuse.
- Witness to a number of murders.
- Witness to inappropriate sexual encounters and deviance.
- Objectified sexually.
Vess as a child:
- Lived in a typical nuclear family.
- Raised in a secure environment by loving parents.
- Was never threatened with, nor experienced, any physical or sexual abuse.
Chyna Shepherd is the novel's female protagonist. Despite her past she is a good person, selfless, religiously hopeful, protective of others. Edgler Vess is the novel's antagonist. He is a godless, selfish, merciless, serial killer.
The story itself is relatively simple. Very linear. But Koontz dedicates the core of the novel to these ironic, contrasting characters - which is ultimately what makes Intensity a good story and not just another body count novel.