Exploring Our Darker Side — Why We Love Our Fictional Villains.

Fictional characters can become firm favourites in the hearts of readers and viewers. There are many reasons as to why we might prefer one over another, such as a fondness for wise old grandfather figures might draw us to Gandalf from Lord of the Rings, or a desire to be our best selves when we watch superhero movies.

We may be happy to share our preferences for inspirational characters with the world, but often we keep our fascination with the baddies a secret. There are always wicked, evil or downright deranged…