I like the idea behind retelling fairy tales from the supposed "evil" character's perspective, e.g. Wicked, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, and (one of my favorites) 'Till We Have Faces. (By the way, I looked it up, and the loose, technical term for this is a "parallel novel.") I think we all like to think of ourselves as being the hero of our own story; sometimes so much so that it's hard to think we might be the bad guy in someone else's. I think we also like to think of our own bad guys as being really, truly wrong; sometimes so much so that it's hard to think they might be good people in general.
So, for this week's poll:
Can you think of an instance where--whether deservedly or not--someone else thought of you as their wicked witch? What about a time when someone who was your big, bad wolf surprised you by being human after all--even if it was never with you? In either case, does putting yourself in the other person's glass slippers help you to think of the relationship differently?
Comment and discuss.