[DWJ] Big Bad Read

Dorian E. Gray israfel at eircom.net
Thu Jun 22 13:49:33 EDT 2006

Lili said...
> I was thinking that too, sort of. That male villains are so often
> cardboardy, Sauron-esque, "I want to take over the world!" type villains.
> (has anyone ever tried asking WHY? what are they going to do with the
> world?)
> Female villains are so much more devious and manipulative and creepy. And
> there's something about the whole idea of maternal-gone-wrong.

I think you're on to something there, and not just in DWJ, but generally. 
Look at *any* fantasy story - if someone's trying to take over the world, 
it's *always* a male (and I, too, wonder why).  But if the villain is a 
woman, she usually has some far more sensible goal.

(And now everyone is going to come up with dozens of villainesses who are 
trying to take over the world.)

I reckon it's because women generally have more sense than to want to run 
the world.  Or are too lazy.

Until the sky falls on our heads...

Dorian E. Gray
israfel at eircom.net

"Worst fears realised darling Seth and Rueben too send gumboots."
- Stella Gibbons, "Cold Comfort Farm" 

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