Q. Have you ever wanted a villain to win at the end of a story? If so, which one?
These days it seems like all the charismatic, attractive villains cease being villains and end up as love interests! So, going far back into the 18th century, a villain I've always loved is the Marquise de Merteuil in Les Liaisons Dangereuses (played by Glenn Close in Dangerous Liaisons or - even though it's not a direct adaptation - Sarah Michelle Gellar in Cruel Intentions). She's so fiendishly clever and manipulative, I can only sit back and admire the way she pulls everybody's puppet strings. I always feel bad for her at the end of the book/movie, although I suppose her ending is not as bad as all the other characters (at least she's still alive).