Thursday, November 15, 2012

Loving Villains

Sorry if you're a huge fan of the royal family, but I don't think anyone will dispute the fact that one of the most vilified women in pop culture today is (still) the former Mrs. Camilla Parker Bowles. I mean, how dare she? Right? Everyone loved the sweet and beautiful Princess Diana. So why not her husband??? Unquestionably, Prince Charles took quite the beating in the public's eye by ultimately choosing his old, somewhat craggy girlfriend over his young, hot wife. But you know what? He and Camilla both look very, very happy.

Anyway, all that to say, I love writing villains. And when they're in love, so much the better. Which is why I can't help being smitten by Charles and Camilla's story. Horrible as it is, I find it kind of sweet that they couldn't stop sending each other raunchy emails and finding excuses to meet through mutual interests, even after the world found out about it and strung them up in the court of public opinion.

In entertainment, we're all over villainous love subplots. How much fun would True Blood be without Eric? Or The Vampire Diaries, without Damon? But despite all the passion involved, the villain never gets his way in the end, since light seems to trump dark in most endings.

Maybe that's because in real life, things aren't always so neat and tidy.

4 comments: said...

I loved Shane from The Walking Dead. He was so clearly evil but sometimes it seemed like he had a point. I like it when a villain has a powerful motivator and what's more powerful than love. Spoken like a romance writer,no?

Ara Burklund said...

That's why your romances are so awesome, Cheryl--you know how to strike that balance. ; )

Leslie S. Rose said...

Just the mention of Eric makes my knees jellify. Bring on the villain. I found it sad that royal pressure didn't let Charles be with the woman he wanted to be with. The whole Prince Andrew/Fergie thing is tragic as well.

Ara Burklund said...

Agreed, Leslie! So much pressure!