I may have mentioned on this blog how much I enjoy the TV show, Once Upon a Time both as entertainment and for the amazing writing and plotting in the program. The characters are fairy tale characters ripped from their enchanted worlds where magic is common to our world where they try to cope with the histories they shared in that other world. The writers do an excellent job of creating terrible villains and then exploring what turned that character undo their evil path. And many times redeeming the bad guys. The fairy tales they explore are usually based more on the origin tales rather than the Disney animated interpretations. And no one is a perfect, sin-free hero either. Family
Lesson: People still enjoy the retelling of classic fairy tales. Those classics can be twisted and retold to make them fresh and interesting. Making villains complicated and sympathetic adds depth and emotion to stories. Don't make the heroes squeaking clean or too perfect.
Once Upon a Time
"Magic always comes with a price." Everyone on Once Upon a Time at some point
"Careful, Mate. It's unwise to insult the size of a pirate's ship." Captain Hook
Do you believe that fairy tales still make popular reading material? Is there a TV show where the writing really impresses you? Can you name a good book or movie where the villain is redeemed?