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On writing three-dimensional villains
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Do you remember the Big Bad Wolf? He destroyed the Three Little Pigs' houses and ate them (or only chased them, depending on the rendition). He ran to Little Red Riding Hood's home and devoured her grandmother. The Big Bad Wolf appears in countless fairy tales to eat and terrorize the general populace.
In many children's stories, the Big Bad Wolf is symbolic for the negative consequences that can follow bad choices. Two of the Three Little Pigs failed to work hard on their houses, allowing the wolf to blow them over with his tremendous breath. Littl
Regressing I recall being frightened of clowns as a child. What deception was there under those bright, garish clothes? What sorrows what madness had been concealed beneath carefully painted smiles? Maybe they did it to hide from themselves. Only, it doesn't work. I know it doesn't, not yet. Perhaps I just need more practice.More Like This
(Yeah. They'll eat that up.)
Here I am, back in Arkham. They always ask me amusing questions when I visit. Things like: "What was the catalyst in your development of anti-social behaviors? What prompts these behaviors? The best one, though: Explain your need to create chaos. It's like trying to answer those dippy test questions you got in school all over again. I mean, not even The Riddler would be able to figure out what this malarkey means.
They love to analyze me, never realizing I'm analyzing them. You'd think they'd catch on. Nope, they're daffier than that duck! (I have a secret, you see! I d