AirTalk July 17, 2013

Why everyone loves a bad boy

New York Times bestselling author Chuck Klosterman makes a case for why society loves a good villain in his new book, “I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined).”

New York Times bestselling author Chuck Klosterman has recently found himself identifying with unexpected characters —villains. In his new book, “I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined),” Klosterman examines the psychology of villainy. He said that as he matured, he found himself relating to the bad guys because they’re more realistic than the archetype heroes.

For example, Klosterman said that as a child, he loved Luke Skywalker. As a teenager, he identified with Hans Solo, a cool bad boy who’s good at heart. But as an adult, he feels like Darth Vader, relating to a person being pushed to do something against his will and making human decisions with dark consequences.

In Klosterman’s book, he also discusses why people support real-life lawbreakers. Although people understand that the actions are wrong, there’s a sense of respect for someone willing to step out of the confines of society and challenge the legal and social norm.

Are villains misunderstood heroes? Have you ever identified with someone on the other side of the law? Which are your favorite villains (real and imagined)?

Guest:
Chuck Klosterman, author of “I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined)”; New York Times bestselling author; Klosterman has been published in GQ, Esquire, Spin, The Washington Post, The Guardian and ESPN.

At 7:30 PM tonight, Chuck Klosterman will read from his book at Skylight Books in Los Angeles. For more information, click here.


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