Today it occurred to me as I looked at a writing prompt, what exactly do we know about villains? Well, I suggest to you to take a look at a popular trio, found in Cinderella stories. And yes, I say stories, because the famed fable has many takes.
Now, what do we really know about those sisters?
Well, first of all, they have been portrayed as ugly in face, and in other incarnations, as ugly in spirit. Either way, they exhibit some very necessary ingredients for us to see in order to love Cinderella. Their terrible attitudes and vengeful ways come against the sweet and forgiving soul of Cinderella, which makes us like her a lot.
And what about the third member of our trio?
The ugly stepmother. Or the wicked one. Yes, she is equally as evil. And these ladies and their villainy are the fodder for many a fairy tale including a Chinese fable, and a Disney movie.
By the way, the writing prompt was to start the story at the point where the shoe fits. Only it doesn't, and in fact, fits one of these mean old women. ha. Gotta love the muse!
Go out and kill someone today, Murderers. Literatively speaking, of course!