Every hero is a villain and vice versa. This phrase popped into my head randomly last night. I think it probably would not stand up to strict scrutiny, but it speaks to the complexity I think modern literary audiences should expect from a strong literary character. Certainly if you look at anyone in a position of great power in the real world, from presidents to dictators to policemen to rich business men, they are seen as heroes by some and villains by others.
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M. David Hornbuckle is the author of the novel The Fireball Brothers, which will be published by Livingston Press in April 2019. It is his third book. He is also a musician and songwriter, as well as the founding editor of the literary magazine Steel Toe Review. He lives in Birmingham, Alabama. View all posts by mdavidhornbuckle