Both Heidi and Trish have recently mentioned heros and villians and that's gotten me thinking about a little problem I've developed. I've been reading Wicked by Gregory Maguire and I'm very nearly done but I've reached a point where I don't want to read anymore, in fact I haven't cracked it open since before Christmas. Not because, I lost interest or I didn't care about the characters. Quite the opposite. I care too much about the characters. Both Elphie and Glinda. I obviously know how the story ends and I just can't bring myself to read about the death of the Wicked Witch of the West. Last week, the Wizard of Oz was on TV, looped for twenty-four hours for the holidays. I found that I couldn't bring myself to watch. Maguire has taken one of the most evil characters from my childhood that had not a shred of goodness in her and made her so real and sympathetic that I get mad at the good guys for offing her! I'm not sure how this will affect me reading other works by the talented Maguire, I don't want any more of my fairy tales messed with. But it brings me to an interesting question...can a villian be too sympathetic that it destroys their badness? Thinking that hard makes my head hurt :)
PS I should mention that I'm also reading What-the-Dickens, Maguires childrens offering and am greatly enjoying it and not having my good and evil roles challenged in the process.