The allure of the villain

Interview with Margaret Atwood

Ann Heilmann: In “Spotty-Handed Villainesses’ you suggest that the allure of villains resides in their capacity to possess forbidden rooms. Do you have forbidden rooms?

Margaret Atwood: Everyone has. They transgress, and their transgressions are hidden in those rooms, and we all have within ourselves a little child-transgressor, that child who once took the forbidden cookie and either did or didn’t get caught. But the innocents who enter such rooms are also transgressing.

New and Selected Conversations with Margaret Atwood ed Earl G. Ingersoll (2006)

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