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#683 The Wicked Will Rise

 The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige

Amy Gumm has failed to kill Dorothy, but she did get the Tinman’s heart. The strange object still beats and ticks without being inside of a body. The Emerald City is on fire and Amy has no idea where the rest of the order is. She is whisked to relative safety by Ollie the wingless monkey and his sister Maude, also Ozma is there as well, but Ozma is a full bolts short of a toolbox.

The relative safety doesn’t last long. Amy once again faces up with the Cowardly Lion, and this time, things fare better than the last time. Amy is taken to the queendom of the wingless ones, high in the trees. The queen’s name is Lulu. She doesn’t want to see Ozma at all and she also puts Mombi on trial when she shows up. Amy is told, by Mombi, to go and find Polychrome, perhaps Polychrome could help.

Amy and Ozma go out into the world looking for a way to Polychrome’s glass castle in the sky. They end up going through quite a few obstacles and then ending up on the Island of Lost Things. Ozma and Amy find many things there that had been lost, including Nox. They also find someone else, he says his name is Bright. Yes, it’s none-other than Button Bright, who has never been all that bright, but he’s grown up now, and handsome. He smokes rainbow cigarettes. I imagine he looks like Garret Hedlund. Bright, can find the way to Polychrome’s castle, which he does, and takes Nox, Amy, and Ozma along.

Amy soon learns the truth about Pete and Ozma, and also Tip. A fearsome battle ensues involving some of our favorite people. Amy is once again, more determined than ever to kill Dorothy, which she sets out to do, only to find that the bad guys aren’t quite as bad as she expected and that some people, who seemed like good guys, really aren’t. Amy must remember that evil could overtake her, just as it overtook Dorothy. Amy ultimately asks the question, “Are Oz and Kansas really all that different?”

What I liked

This one was better than the first one, I thought. I read this first book in this series Dorothy Must Die. It was entertaining. It was imaginative. It was philosophical. What the first book had, this book has more of. This one is even grittier than the first book. It’s full of death, hard feelings to familiar relations, and hard questions about right and wrong. It’s full of facing the doubt that is within yourself. Sometimes, you, yourself, can be your worst enemy.

I liked that some of the beloved Oz characters show back up in this book. Polychrome and Button Bright are not commonly talked of Oz characters. I think it’s great how they seemed to grow up and want grownup things.

What I didn’t like

I rather enjoyed this book and I don’t have a lot to say that’s negative about it.

Overall

I think more people than Dorothy need to die.

Weigh In

Do we sometimes let ourselves hold ourselves back, even when no one else is?

If you had to go through a fog of doubt that revealed all the doubts you had about yourself in a short period of time, could you make it through?

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The Vilifying of Villains

The Vilifying of VillainsThe Vilifying of Villains

When I saw the word “villain” thoughts are automatically going to pop into your head about the bad guy. The bad guy probably wears black. He’s probably mean. He’s probably a jerk. He probably kicks puppies. He’s probably ugly. Most noticeable of all, he’s going to be evil, pure evil. Of course, we’re assuming our villain is a man, that’s not always the case. Women can be quite villainous as well. Just go ask your Lizzie Bordens and Elizabeth Bathorys of the world.

We hate these villains, whether they be fictional or real. Yes, we do have real-life villains. Our most famous person for that category would be Adolf Hitler, but there are plenty more where he came from, actually, they’re not all from where he came from. Villains come from a wide variety of places, even some places you would not expect. We want to hate these villains. We hate these villains with other people. We hate them on the screen, we hate them in the book, and we generally develop a dismissive attitude towards this villain. The villain almost quits being anything but a villain. Once we develop this hatred towards the villain that villain is no longer human, fairy, vampire, spider, or just whatever. The idea of being a villain seems to supersede everything else that being is.

In truth, your villain hasn’t stopped being a person, a fairy, a vampire or a spider. They’re still there as a personality, as a spirit, or as whatever you want to call it, but, in your mind and through your attitude, you’ve stripped away everything but the villain part. Even if they weren’t human to begin with, you’ve dehumanized them. You’ve marginalized them. You’ve made them purely into a state of being, evil. To you, they can’t be anything else.

Does it matter? Does it matter that you’ve stripped this person down to just evil? They’re bad right? They deserve it right? They deserve your hatred. They deserve the names. They deserve the ill-treatment. They did the crime, now they’ve got to do the time…or whatever your philosophy of revenge may be.

I think it does matter. While crime should be punished, the entirety of your so-called villain should not. We have story villains like Maleficent, who may seem pretty darn evil, but they’re not all evil, no one ever really is. In fact, I think it’s impossible for anybody to be pure evil. In the most recent reincarnation of the story of Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent is this spurned woman who was essentially assaulted by her boyfriend in order to gain standing in his community. She was taken advantage of. That made her angry. It would make me angry. It would make me hurt. I think Maleficent is actually more hurt than evil in this story line.

In the end, we end up feeling bad for her and having empathy because she’s just not that bad. Did she do bad things? Yes, she still did bad things. Does she deserve a second chance? Everyone deserves a second chance. Should she still be punished for those bad things? Yes, crime is still crime. Murder is still murder. Theft is still theft. Maleficent was punished, mostly by herself and sometimes by her old boyfriend. She didn’t get away from her evil doings.

Was there really anybody on her side? Everyone thought she was evil. Everyone thought she was a villain. Nobody showed her an ounce of kindness, except for those who truly knew she was not this terrible, terrible person. Those people who simply heard by word of mouth about her, stripped her down to one thing… evil. They never gave her, and thus, her story, a chance. She never got a chance to explain her side. The cards were already stacked against her.

“But she’s the villain, people are supposed to act that way around her. People are supposed to treat the bad guy badly,” that’s about what you’re thinking right?

Sure, you could have that attitude. You could choose to see every bad guy of every story as only bad and never anything else. You could choose to treat every person you come across who has committed some type of crime as nothing but a criminal. You could go about your life treating that guy who got arrested for a DUI when he was twenty as nothing but evil, even though he went through therapy and now he’s very upstanding person in your community, but his act won’t fool you, you know he’s still bad.

I’ve got news for you, we’ve all done something bad, some of us just haven’t done as bad of things as others. Our fictional and our real-life villains all deserve their chance at being treated like they’re more than evil. I’m not saying you forgive a mass-murderer and invite him out to tea; he still has to be tried and go to prison to serve his time, but you have to consider that there might be something good left. He probably did good things at one point. Maybe he had a family who he really cared for. Maybe he used to volunteer somewhere. Maybe he’ll take some of his prison time to learn more about the world through books. Maybe he has some sort of undiagnosed mental problem. There is still a reason to treat him roughly like a person instead of a great blob of evil.

You really have to admit that the best story villains are the ones who are conflicted and have a darn good reason to be angry and upset. The best villains are the ones who you can sympathize with. It doesn’t make their terrible acts any less terrible, but it does create a more multidimensional villain rather than just your general evil person who went to evil school and wears evil clothes just because that’s what all the other villains do.


 

 
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