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Villainy without Melodrama and Tantrums

Villainy without Melodrama and TantrumsEvery story needs an antagonist, but can you have villainy without melodrama and tantrums?

We’ve all seen villains from raging maniacs (American Psycho) to chilling cannibals (Silence of the Lambs) to the pervasive and silent menace of the All-Seeing Eye (LotR). Not all are egotistical geniuses with a god-complex. Not all have a Master Plan they exposit in great detail to a captive audience. …