Villains

I used to think that the purpose of villains in stories is to be an interesting obstacle for the hero to overcome. It annoyed me to no end that so many villains were ineffectual, stupid, and grotesque, since this made them a less interesting obstacle. I now think that the purpose of villains in stories is to mirror the parts of ourselves which we are reluctant to look at. And since so often the parts of ourselves which we put in our blindspot are ineffectual, stupid, and grotesque so are our villains as well.

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