February 17th, 2012

Ann Vole

smart villains

I vaugely remember this scene from "Charlotte's Web 2" but seeing it again reminded me of the thought I had about smart villains (108.2 IQ in Farley's case... but who's counting?)

Smart villains are more realistic and more of a cautionary tale much like the sage advice from Spiderman, with great power comes great responsibility (which Wiki says Voltare said in French centuries earlier). If you consider yourself to be smart, it ups your responsibilty to be wise as well. I get to like this Farley the fox from this little song of his making me wonder who really is the ba guy slightly. This helps make such villains more dimentional as characters because the audience can see the logic behind the evil actions and you can imagine doing the same thing if you were in that villain's shoes.
Ann Vole

The myth of the powerful

"Well, now that we have seen each other," said the Unicorn,
"If you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you. Is that a bargain?"
~Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
After re-reading the children's story The Gruffalo's Child by Julia Donaldson, I was thinking of the power of myth to shape our lives. In that story, a protective parent made up a story --with a grain of truth to it-- to scare the child into staying out of the "deep dark wood". Like the unicorn though, it made the child want to see this mythical creature. People keep saying "what about bears or cougars?" when I tell them about my explorations of the Canadian wilderness. Like the Gruffalo's child, I was actually hoping to have such an encounter and upon only seeing bears in the distance running away from me as if their life depended on it made such threats to be a myth in my mind. I keep hearing of secret powerful organizations that are controlling the world. Seeing how foolishly governments are messing up global financing tells me that such orgainizations must either not exist or are not very influential in this last few centuries. If such organizations do exist, their power will be mostly through the power of myths so they can only believe in you if you already believe in them.