One of the reasons I love fictional stories so much is that they remind me that Good will always win, no matter how hopeless the situation looks. But for it to do that, the characters need to be up against others who are constantly trying to stop them and discourage them. Sometimes, I feel like the bad guys of a story get foiled a little too easily, and while the “dumb sidekick/villain” character can be funny, I don’t enjoy seeing them very often. That’s not the kind of opposition we face in our daily lives. In this post, I’m going to talk about ways certain fictional bad guys stand out, whether all are redeemable, and ways writers have made me like some of them, even if I don’t agree with their actions.
A couple of years ago in my Advanced Writing class, I chose to write many of the assigned papers about things I knew the best and felt the most comfortable around. Obviously, this includes things related to my fandoms. I did a presentation on the place comic books had during World War II, a compare-contrast paper on the lives and works of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, and even a cause-effect paper on fandoms themselves. I also wrote this essay on something that I’m especially passionate about: the importance of fiction.