Evil Creatures in Fantasy and Sci-Fi

Commonly in Fantasy and Sci Fi, the enemy of the main character will be monster-like creatures. Have you ever wondered why?

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Have you ever noticed that in Fantasy and Sci Fi, there is very commonly monsters that are purely evil? If not, this video might change that.
Fantasy, like Lord of the Rings, has orcs and Ringwraiths, Sci-Fi has alien creatures.
Have you ever wondered why?
Sometimes it is undoubtedly to install an extra splash of fear into the readers, but have you ever wondered if there is another reason?
This is just a theory of mine, but I have often wondered if we as writers put in monsters so that we feel less when killing them.
Let’s say two humans are standing off in a fight. Well, because we know the enemy is human, we also know he could have good on him. He could have a family, he could have a secret love for butterflies. The fact that he is human makes it harder to kill him. The only thing that makes it easier is giving him monster-like qualities.
Now let’s say the enemy is a goblin. Well, goblins are evil creatures, so you know the goblin has no human qualities to make us feel bad. They are evil, and that’s all there is to it, so there is absolutely no need to hesitate killing one.
Don’t worry, I am not about to say using evil creatures is wrong, but I would like you to question some things.
Why are you using an evil species at all? Is it to create fear? Does killing something other than humans make it easier for you? Or is it for some other reason?
If your evil spieces has human-like intelligence, could they also have a human-like complexity of emotions?
I hope this helps for now!

What about all of you? Have you used -or do you plan on using- evil creatures in your novel? If so, what made you decide to make them something other than human?


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