Dishonor Thy Mother: Mrs. Coulter in His Dark Materials

Sure, when you watch a scary movie and the slasher in a mask chases people, it’s frightening, but I am personally more terrified when a villain feels more true-to-life. When the bad things they do stem from realistic and understandable reasons. An antagonist recognizable to the audience in that way can be the most memorable.... Continue Reading →

Marvel Villains: Understanding the Enemy

“In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves.”Ender’s Game The Marvel Cinematic Universe now boasts... Continue Reading →

Lady Susan

Like heroes, villains come in all shapes and sizes. However, not all villains desire world domination or commit evil against humanity. Some villains wreak havoc on ordinary lives. Some villains are the protagonist of the story. Jane Austen is best known for her moral novels of social satire/comedy of manners. When you pick up an... Continue Reading →

The Only Villain I Love

It’s hard for me to love a villain. “But of course,” you think. “No one loves a villain. Instead, we love to hate them.” That’s exactly what I mean. If you enjoy hating a villain, then you enjoy their presence on the screen or page. You appreciate the dark energy they bring to the story,... Continue Reading →

LOST: Ben Linus

If you’ve watched Lost (whether you liked the show or not), you know the characters were memorable and well-rounded. The story lines moved quickly, even if every episode seemed to ask more questions than it answered. One of my favorite aspects was how the people on the island felt like real people. You could feel... Continue Reading →

Halloween 2021: Villains

Villains make the world go around, or at least cause a lot of trouble for the heroes. The best villains stand out from the pack, because they’re in some way memorable. Either they’re the perfect, diabolical foil for the hero or they are more intriguing than the protagonist. There’s a recent trend to revisit villains... Continue Reading →

The Little Mermaid

I have loved fairy and folk tales since I was a little girl. Growing up, I used to leaf through this ancient set of books with beautifully told tales and even more lovely illustrations. I can’t tell you how many hours I pored over those stories of wicked witches, dazzling maidens, and gallant princes, and... Continue Reading →

Once Upon a Time—A Brand New Fairy Tale

Once Upon a Time brings together well-known figures from many fairy tales, myths, and legends and has them interact in the same space. It relishes turning everything we know about these characters inside out and on their heads. For example, only in this upside-down reality would Robin Hood and the Evil Queen from Snow White... Continue Reading →

The Princess and the Fangirl

Everyone loves a good retelling. It’s fun to watch a modern author put a fresh spin on a beloved classic. But what about retellings of classics you never liked in the first place? Well… in the right hands, that old story might just become a new favorite. That’s what happened when I read The Princess and the Fangirl,... Continue Reading →

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