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So far, I don’t think I’ve created a character who has became a monster, but I’ve seen, at close hand, how monsters behave. In my experience, they are usually highly intelligent manipulators and were it not for the havoc and destruction they leave in their trail, they might be admired. I suppose they are fascinating, in as much as they cross the lines that we wouldn’t cross, they relish opposition and ridicule those who challenge them as humourless, boring, unintelligent and insignificant. The bullying I saw in schools has turned out to be a microcosm for the bullying that takes place on the tennis court, the workplace, the BBC, in fact, in any group in which we allow someone to use a get-out-clause such as, ‘I was only joking’. We are to blame for not ‘getting it’. Bullies are always surrounded by people who enjoy the vicarious thrill of bullying. They have the ultimate protection and can claim that the bully has done no wrong.
‘CONTROL MYSELF?!! I’m a MONSTER! Monsters don’t control themselves! That’s the whole IDEA!’
― Jeff Smith, Bone, Vol. 5: Rock Jaw, Master of the Eastern Border
I may not have created a monster, but I think the BBC has, allegedly.