Garrison Keillor made the observation that, except for the Bible, the true nature of story-telling isn’t good news. To my experience this is true even at the level of story-telling for tender young children, whose design elements regularly include earnest trauma of variable causes that ends by shoving the wicked whatever into the stove.
To include the caveat to children’s stories, the evil source is always old. This didn’t used to bother me. It is now my sense that the real victim here is the misinterpreted witch, the hungry endangered wolf, the evil but luscious queen in green high heels, that if there has to be evil in the world let it come in high heels.