Reader Friday: Favorite Villain

Imagine yourself in a prison visiting room, with a petition of plexiglass between you and a fictional villain.

Who’s sitting across from you?Β Why did you choose to interview this villain?

What’s the first question you’d ask?


If your favorite villain is still loose on the street, where are you conducting the interview? Do you feel safe? Why/why not?

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14 thoughts on “Reader Friday: Favorite Villain

  1. My favorite villain isn’t from a book. It’s Khan Noonien Singh, brilliantly played, twice, by Ricardo Montalban. I can’t interview Khan because he got his and was blown to bits.

    Unless, by his superior intellect (his own words) he has managed to regenerate himself once again in the Genesis blast and is coming back for round three. I wouldn’t lay odds he can’t do it. 😎

    I’m afraid I can’t think of any deep questions I would ask him at the moment. Mine would be more one that comes from awe, asking “What’s it feel like to be able to lift a man up off the ground with just one hand? How cool is that?” 😎

  2. Loki from the MCU.

    Because his emotional pain in the first Thor movie is exactly like mine as a child.

    I’d ask him if there was anything in the nine realms that truly made him happy.

  3. Brigid O’shaughnessy from The Maltese Falcon. I’d like to find out what made her tick, her background, what shaped her.

    Of course, she’d probably lie to me.

    BRIGID: β€œI am a liar. I have always been a liar.”

    SPADE: β€œDon’t brag about it.”

  4. I would have to ask Hannibal Lecter what led him to sampling the first bite of human flesh. And: do we taste like chicken? πŸ™‚

  5. Anton Chigurh from No Country for Old Men. I think of him as a human version of Jaws. My question would be Why?

  6. Director Orsen Krennic from Rogue One. The man is so remarkably and brilliantly human. You know exactly what his motivations are and you see how his total arrogance was his downfall.

    I have so many questions. The first comes from a place of sheer frustration, because I could see what was coming: “why couldn’t you swallow your pride enough to tell Darth Vader that there was a flaw in the Death Star and you knew where it was?”

    The second comes from wish fulfilment on my part: “after you realised the rebels had the plans and you were going to die anyway, did you hope the rebels took out Tarkin along with the Death Star?”

  7. Delores Claiborn had she been caught. A true villian at heart, but always for the right reasons is how I imagine she would perceive herself, Stephen King created a door to his readers’ psyches when he created Delores.

    This is exactly why I have a new class starting in October – “Dark Protagonist – How and Why Creat One?” For a change, I wanted to focus on the highly successful world of loathed literary protagonists, irrestible magnets that thrive on conflict while keeping the doors to their inner selves slammed shut. They mesmerize us in their tangled worlds.

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