Villains in the World and on the Page

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© 2011 Stuart Miles

Karyn Connor

Senior Editor @ GoneWithTheWord

A few years ago, I visited friends out in the country. They were regular church attendees and out of respect to their hospitality I went with them.

The church was a large and lovely building with beautiful stained glass windows and hand carved woodwork. That’s where the grace ended.

The minister’s foot had barely settled behind the pulpit stand when he began his sermon: “One of the problems with society today,” he said. “Is fags.”

I hoped (prayed, if you like) that he meant cigarettes. I would have stood and applauded at that. But he didn’t. He meant homosexuals. (He said it as if it were three words: homo-sex-uals.)

I stood and walked out.

In life and in books there are three kinds of villains. If you write fiction, you likely know about two of them: the guy you think is the big bad guy, and the guy who pursues you after you defeat the guy you thought was the bad guy but who turned out to actually just be the big bad guy’s henchman.

In my world, there is a third type of villain. This weak-wiled villain isn’t going to set off bombs or murder you (physically or metaphorically). This person is the paper cut villain. They are irritants and not much more. But enough to throw you off your game on occasion, or drive up your blood pressure.

For example, a woman recently sent some of my friends a series of vitriolic communications (Sounds like something out of Pretty Little Liars, I know.) The texts were error-infested and logic-deficient and thus proved no more a concern than a housefly.

Angry and insecure people like this woman often attack others for succeeding where they have failed.

Kelly Ripa once said: “Somebody’s negativity dumped on you is a bigger commentary on how they feel about themselves than you.”

This woman is of little consequence and all it took was a free app to block her. There are many people who attempt to drag others down rather than work to elevate themselves. These people are irritants, and not the real problem. They are third-rate villains. 

When the villain is a pseudo-Chihuahua barking like with the case of the woman: pity her. She knows she is a small dog in a big dog world.

But when it is a leader like the bigoted minister: take action and speak out lest they corrupt other people into a life of insecurity and fear and create an actual villain.  

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