I’ve been fine-tuning my WIP, making changes to tighten up the form of the story.
In my OS the larger enemy force is society. The IC and other characters represent different aspects of that antagonist.
But when we come to the climax, if the IC is the one who embodies society against the MC (as antagonist) it will turn out that he is a Villain. I don’t want that caricature, since in the next book of the series he is changed. And since she is a change character, the IC can’t change (I think).
Since she is against society, I’ve begin to wonder if maybe she herself is the Antagonist.
But if society is unfair (inequity) and she is trying to right that wrong, would that mean she is still the Protagonist?
How “in the front” does the Antagonist need to be to make a strong story? Can the Antagonist be out of the life of the MC, but still spinning the world to attack her? For example, the Emperor in Star Wars–there, but not seen.
Any advice would be appreciated.