Posts tagged with "madness" - Faerye Net 2005-05-10T23:52:47+00:00 Felicity Shoulders If I were a supervillain... 2005-05-10T23:52:47+00:00 2010-08-03T12:57:08+00:00 <p><em>No, folks, I&#8217;m not dead, I&#8217;m just raking in the overtime. I promise Marcel&#8217;s mousy meanderings will conclude at some point. However, my own maunderings being more mollifying if they have some motive other than mollification, I shall merge this message with some musings.</em></p> <p>I have been thinking recently about what I&#8217;d do if I were a supervillain. Now, don&#8217;t think I&#8217;m taking the term &#8216;supervillain&#8217; in its strictest sense. Costume strictly optional here. But it&#8217;s fun to think, if I were a villain &mdash; a type from movies, from pulp, from comic books, from TV &mdash; what type would I be? After long consideration (okay, about two bites of yogurt), I&#8217;ve decided I would be the villainess who says many witty, strange, or cutting things and is utterly mad. The quotable crazy, shall we say.</p> <p>Now, this is not just because it suits my rather mad personality. This is not simply because my favorite villains ever are Callisto from <em>Xena</em> (&#8220;I never drink intoxicants, Theodorus. I like to experience life in all its agonizing glory. I don&#8217;t want to dull the sensation for a second.&#8221;), Drusilla from <em>Buffy</em> (&#8220;Miss Edith speaks out of turn. She&#8217;s a bad example, and will have no cakes today.&#8221;), and Harley Quinn from the Batverse (&#8220;I love museums. Do you think they&#8217;ll be mad that I drew raccoons on the abstract paintings?&#8221;)&#8212; and do <span class="caps">NOT</span> make me choose an order on those. It is not merely that I am fascinated by fictional madness, its wellsprings, meanings and clarity. I have a really practical reason for this.</p> <p>If you&#8217;re crazy enough, they can always foil your plan without you looking like a pseudo-competent poser. Cuz, you know, <em>crazy</em>! Even more importantly, if you&#8217;re quotable and lovable enough, the fans adore you. And if the fans love you and the writers can defeat you, you will never, ever die.</P> <p><em>P.S. What kind of villain would <span class="caps">YOU</span> be, fair reader? Bond? Buffy? I bet EMeta would wear gold lam&eacute; and debilitate the heroes with his horrible word-play attack. The <span class="caps">PUNSTER</span>!</em></p>