Why we need villains

A note to writers: keep on with those depictions of villainy. It’s what we need—narratives with complex, psychologically motivated, clearly defined antagonists. Because when we see it in film and in literature, we know where we stand and what we stand for. The really hard work for artists is not to succumb to the creation of unworthy villains—that’s too easy—but to create worthy antagonists who actually wrestle thought from an audience. Who demand feeling. Who provoke an active response. Who insist on being remembered.