Last week, was a week that will live in villany! Speakeasy, Shadows & Satin and Silver Screenings hosted THE GREAT VILLAIN BLOGATHON for 2015. If you haven’t already, I hope you’ve checked out the entries. I, for one, am printing many of them up so I can have them in a handy dandy binder ready for a nice leisurely read.
Click on each photo and get a listed re-cap of each day of the blogathon. And if you don’t see your favorite villain listed, maybe YOU can write about him or her NEXT year…
In some cases, I wasn’t sure if my comments were published on a blogger’s blog. In other instances, my thoughts were too lengthy for each blogger’s comments section, so I thought I’d express my thoughts here. If you want, you can click over to these excellent essays, and then read my responses here:
One of my favorite characters of the 1940’s has to be VEDA in “Mildred Pierce.” ( I don’t know what that says about me, but moving right along… ). Even her smacks of Venom! I don’t think younger sister Kay, could’ve saved Veda’s coal black soul. ( I loved Kay ). Veda’s diatribe is very telling:
“With this money, I can get away from you. From you and your chickens and your pies and your kitchens and everything that smells of grease… You think just because you made a little money, you can get a new hairdo and some expensive clothes and turn yourself into a lady. But you can’t…With this money I can get away from every rotten, stinking thing that makes me think of this place or you!”
First, where does she get off…( calm down, T. ). Secondly, I think this isn’t really directed at Mildred as much as Veda feels this about her self. Don’t you think it reeks of self-hatred? Yes maybe Mildred did “spare the rod” ( as opposed to breaking it over Veda’s head ) but where is the basis of this attack coming from? Veda wasn’t from the manor born. She wasn’t born elite with maids and servants at her feet ( hats off to The Supremes folks ). It wasn’t like they had Mrs. Danvers on retainer.
As much as it might’ve been some of Mildred’s doing, making Veda the way she is, I can’t help think Veda was trying to fill the hole in her heart. Self-hatred. D’ya think I’m totally off the beam?
I can not imagine WHAT 1945 audi-ences felt when they saw Veda in this clinch. This is shocking on so many levels: your mother’s lover / husband. That strikes at the core of…of…of something. It’s shocking to even my 21st-century Baby Boomer sensibilities. Veda’s going to prison. She will finally pay for her actions. And in prison, I imagine Veda wrapping “CAGED” matron Hope Emerson around her little finger. She’ll get by.
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