I love villains who have depth and motive behind their behavior. I thought the portrayal of Maleficent by Angelina Jolie was fabulous. I do believe villains are often misunderstood. That’s why I wrote Rumpelstiltskin’s Child. Everyone assumed the evil troll was going to eat the baby or do something ghoulish with it. But, there could be so many other reasons he wanted the queen’s baby. I think fractured fairy tales are a great way to open children’s eyes to someone else’s viewpoint. Don’t judge unless you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.

Bonnie Ferrante: Books For All Ages

The Inflectionist


By Samantha Lyon: Literature Editor


A villain is a fantastic and frustrating stumbling block, a necessary conflict for any good story. There are different types of villains; some are mere annoyances, some are loathsome but seemingly redeemable and some are simply evil. Although many villains exist who appear to be maleficence incarnate, occasionally a writer imbues a villain with certain redeeming qualities and elements of vulnerable humanity which allow us to see through the evil to the character beneath. This three-dimensional approach enriches the reader’s experience and inspires heated debate. There are certain villains, from both classic and modern literature, that almost appear misunderstood when their backgrounds and certain mitigating factors are considered.

One of the world’s most infamous literary devils is Robert Harris’ Hannibal Lecter. Throughout the Hannibal saga, the character commits unthinkable crimes. He doesn’t appear to have many qualms about extinguishing a human life…

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