rebcake: spike air kiss (btvs spike_kiss)
[personal profile] rebcake
This just came across my dash:

“It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.”
--Lord Darlington from "Lady Windermere's Fan" by Oscar Wilde

So I've been having thoughts, as one does, about the nature of good and evil as seen through the lens of BtVS. Especially, you know: Spike. There are always posts and discussion about it, this one being most recent, and it's all really interesting. I keep waiting for people to convince me that Spike is capital "E" evil, rather than thoughtlessly destructive (among other things). It comes down to how a person defines evil, which is surprisingly difficult to define. It's sort of like love that way.

But now I'm thinking that maybe the quote above is closer to my philosophy of Spike than anything particularly deep. Tsk.

Date: 2015-09-02 09:58 pm (UTC)
frayadjacent: Dawn and Spike, text says "I solemnly swear I am up to no good" (BtVS: up to no good)
From: [personal profile] frayadjacent
Haha, you and many many other fans. ;)

I'm more or less of the view that evil is as evil does -- which, along with the charm factor, is why Spike's story works so much better for me than Angel's. But that view doesn't mesh super well with the metaphysics of the Buffyverse. (Though, again, it works far more for Spike.)

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