Who screams for villains? We do!
Mishma at Chasing Faerytales is hosting an awesome week long celebration for Villains called Nefarious Tales! That’s right, we are celebrating villains because villains are awesome. There’s a bunch of awesome posts—from lists of favorite and least favorite villains to discussions of why we love villains. Villains, villains, villains!
The Older I Get, The More I Appreciate Villains
As kids, we’re engrained with the notion that we have to root for the good guys—the ones who are trying to defeat ~evil and save the world. The ones the media tells your to root for. And like any impressionable kid, we believe that we should only like who we assume to be the heroes and not the villains.
For kid-Cee, I couldn’t relate or understand villains. They scared me. They were an acquired taste that I couldn’t wrap my head around because the media told and showed me that villains are not to be liked. I was supposed to like the pretty princess, not the wicked octopus lady. The villain’s stories weren’t worth my time, but boy oh boy, the media was completely wrong.
I don’t exactly know what the turning point was, but I had a sudden realization:
Every villain is a hero in their own story.
What we usually assume as the heroes are the villains. If the view point is flipped around, who would you say is the hero in a story that’s focused on, say, Ursula from The Little Mermaid’s point of view? It would be Ursula. She’d be the hero, and we’d be rooting for her.
As I got older, I was no longer under the spell that everybody in the past tried to sell me. I started to understand that we are complex human beings with different personalities, wants and desires, and values.
Take these other villains: Selina Kyle, Mystique, Loki, Magneto, Harley Quinn, Victor Vale. When we peel the layers of armor and defense off these “villainous” characters, we will see a complex, yet fascinating person who has a different set of values that are a bit skewed, but it doesn’t mean their viewpoint makes them completely evil or not worth rooting for. It’s just a different exploration in how these characters approach their problems.
Not everybody’s values and such will be closely aligned with each other. We all have things about ourselves that people will not like, and that’s okay. Everybody’s flawed. Let’s be honest, people with flaws make the most interesting of characters. And villains are fascinating. Just look at Vicious—an awesome book about two villains who are proof that “every villain is a hero in their own story.”
In honor of this villain celebration, Mishma is giving away an awesome villain-inspired mystery prize pack she’s curated. Anybody can win this because it’s INTL!
Don’t forget to visit the other stops for today:
- Lila @ The Bookkeeper’s Secret – Evil Edits – How I imagine villains to look like
- Zoe @ Stories on Stage – Favourite Villains
You can also check out the different types of villains post all week!
There will be a villain Twitter chat on Friday, April 22 7PM EST with the hashtag #NefariousTales. Come join on the villain discussion!