The Literature does not prepare us for evil.
The vast majority of American humanity will take in "Children's Literature" for the majority of its literature-consuming life. Children are the ostensible targets of these creations, and adults unabashedly watch right along, sometimes without the target in attendance. There can be made an argument that an adult consuming the same literature as his progeny is preferable, even laudable. So says the Common Knowledge, even to know what your kids are "into" is a feat of great fortitude.
That is not the point of this interlude.
I have seen cartoons. I am aware of the bulk of Children's Media available. I majored in Media Studies, and my lovely wife is a Youth Services Specialist in her concentration for her Master's Degree in Library Science. I have consumed this media for an embarrassment of years.
There exists an overarching theme in The Literature, at least for the part aimed at children. Incompetence is Evil, and Evil is incompetent. Certainly, the Capable Hero has a bumbling friend. Certainly, sometimes the Capable Hero makes an obvious mistake so that his Capable Friends can save him from the bumbling evil. Sometimes, there exists within the oeuvre an actually Evil Entity. That Evil Entity may evince capability from time to time, and certainly is in the Media to berate the Incompetents, but the Capable Hero and his Capable Friends are always more capable than the Evil Entity. Always, in all things. If they fight, Capable Hero will win handily. If they play cards, the hero will win All the Chips. If they compete for the hearts and minds of a population, the population may be temporarily swayed by the Evil Entity's façade of capability, but the Capable Hero will win out in the end, with absolutely no effort on the part of the population. The populations nearby to the hero are always, without exception, faceless masses, good for consumption and the occasional nod in the plot. If the hero seems defeated, it is a ruse, and the hero will rise again, unharmed, and snatch victory from the covetous claws of the villain.
This lesson is hammered home daily. Capability will win out because Capability is good. The Winner is the Good, and the Good always win. Supporting or even liking anything other than the obviously capable Winner is not only folly, it is Evil.
Digest that for a moment.
Now, apply the brown chyme of that thought to the real world, as will the primary consumers of this pap. Apply it to EnRon. Apply it to Default Credit Swaps. Apply it to the Next Big Shocking Fail. Apply it to every "How could this happen," and just inject your favorite negation between subject and predicate. In fact, apply it to everything you think is good, and ask yourself: Is this why Charles Dickens is so boring?
It is. His villains are actually evil. His heroes are usually incapable, always flawed. What a sucker.You know what this century needs, is a Dickens Story that can be misinterpreted as being about a capable person who is actually evil, but who sees the error of his ways and becomes more capable but also less obviously evil. Oh, wait. That's half of the ones we kept.
The other half is about an incapable waif who learns to be capable because the only person who shows kindness to the Weak-Thus-Evil is brutally murdered by the most capable person in the show. I say show, of course, because you can't get a copy of the text. If the title isn't one word, it's not the favorite.
That's all. I said I'd maintain brevity.