I like studying villains. According to Social Media Jedi, Kristen Lamb, having a strong antagonist or trouble maker, is what makes a great story. In the story, Rumpelstiltskin, he comes to help a a beautiful woman who’s father bragged to a king that she could turn a bale of straw to gold.
In my mind, the villain here is good ole’ dad. I mean, during the whole story he’s never really mentioned again, and yes, Rumpelstiltskin at the end requests the woman’s first born child in exchange for help; but seriously, where was the father that put the woman in this mess to begin with. Or what about the king that she’s all set to marry? It’s the greedy king that shoves her in a tower room with bales of straw that he wants turned to gold, or he says he’s going to cut off her head. What kind of woman in this situation would say, “Okay, you’ve imprisoned me because you are a selfish jerk, but I’ll marry you and have your babies.” Um no, at this point, if I had been the girl, the deal I would have made Rumpel is to imprison the kind with daddy and let them fight it out “Hunger Games” style. At least Rumpelstiltskin is honest and upfront about what it will take to get his help.
I really like how Disney has changed up some of their classics in Once Upon a Time, giving some crazy twists and interesting background that changes up how we view those stories. I love when writers “flip the script” and give us a fresh take on stories we already know, and they defiantly gave some different background on Rumpel than I was expecting.
What about you? Who is your favorite villain and why?