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Do Villans Have A Heart?

I am still completely thrilled with Once Upon a Time on ABC. One thing I have always liked about TV shows is when the writers create mulch-faceted characters. As much as I like the heroine, Emma, I hate the evil queen or mayor (depending on which of the story lines the show is following at the time), Regina.

Yet, I am so intrigued by Regina. Especially with the fact that she seems to do all of her evil acts because of love. So much of the story lines revolve around characters losing what they love most. Do villains have a heart?

Often in fairy tales there is clear black and white. The hero/heroine are good. They always do the right thing. Villains are evil. They always make evil choices. What is so interesting about Once Upon the Time is that there is so much grey.

The heroines do not always choose good. If fact Emma has made some seriously bad choices in her past. She still continues to bend the rules as the series progresses. Even Snow White has a period of mistakes. Red Ridding hood is not what you think either.

The two biggest villains are no exception. Regina's broken heart motivates her revenge. Rumpelstiltskin is also motivated by a broken heart. Does losing what or more importantly who you love the most create a villain?

I do not think life is as cut and dry as that. Although my goal is to act like a heroine; I know that I have had more than a few moments as an evil queen. The question Is: do villains have a heart? Yes. The thing that makes evil queens out of wonderful heroines, is not listening to that heart. Or not letting broken heart heal and motivating you to do evil and not good.

It is wonderful to see how the characters on ABC's Once Upon a Time deal with these questions. It almost seems that each week the writers pose a new question to these beloved characters. What will they come up with next? What new twist will they put on an old story? What more can we take into our lives? How can we stay heroines even when it is so tempting to become an evil queen?

Each Sunday night at 8:00pm you will find me riveted to my seat. Watching ABC and answering these questions for myself. I hope all of you will join me! Any questions of your own?


Street Talk

Don't see the series although it certainly sounds like one I'd watch. Good article

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  about 1 decade ago

Although I haven't seen the show this is a delightful article. I think it's far deeper than first one would think! I think many people are acting for their own highest good although unfortunately going about it the wrong way. Everyone is definitely doing the best they know how. The evil ones seeking revenge, for example, mistakenly think that having it will heal their hearts and bring them happiness. Oh the bitterness of hindsight though! Random thoughts and I've enjoyed musing over what your article presented! Thank you.

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  about 1 decade ago
Joan S  

I saw it just once, Sunday night, and thought it was a very interesting concept. I don't have enough of a handle yet to comment.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks for the input. You should definitely catch up on the episodes. If you click on the Once Upon a Time link in the bottom of article, it will take you to an entry in my blog. In that entry is a link to the episode site. You can catch up on all the episodes you missed right online. Well worth the effort...

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  about 1 decade ago
Joan S  

Thanks Merrily. I think you have to see it from the beginning to make sense of the characters.

  
  about 1 decade ago
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