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The Villain You Love to Hate

Updated on October 14, 2017

"The Villain You Love to Hate"

What is a good movie without a villain. At the very least it is not as interesting or engaging as it could be. The villain stirs our emotions and causes us the audience to become more involved in the emotion of the movie.

I find that many times when I start to watch a movie that is not the type of movie that I usually like, the villain will command my interest. I want to know more about how the hero or the characters effected by the villain take down the villain.

Harriet Oleson, played by Katherine MacGregor, in "The Little House on the Prairie," series, is one such villainess.

The TV series, "Little House on the Prairie," is based on the books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder about her life on a prairie in Kansas.

Her family is usually in opposition with the Olesons except for Mr. Oleson who is, many times, in opposition with his family especially Mrs. Oleson. Harriet was rarely quiet. She had an opinion about everything and everybody and she usually felt a strong need to share her opinions.

The interview, that I have included, with Katherine MacGregor, gives a clear picture of Mrs. Oleson, as the villain you love to hate on "Little House on the Prairie."

You can still find the re-runs of "Little House on the Prairie" on television. It was first aired in 1974 and ended in 1983 but the series still entertains new and returning audiences. "Little House" is a family series which brings alive the real feelings of many different people in different walks of life and on different journeys in life. The historical scenes in each episode share visually what life was like in the late 1800s and the early 1900s. The subject matter of many of the episodes are also historical and give insight into the thinking of the people of that time.

I encourage you to find the re-runs on TV or purchase the DVDs and books. You won't be disappointed because the emotional rollercoaster rides provided by Harriet Oleson will keep you entertained.


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      5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Harriet Oleson was for sure quite a caracter in the Little House on the Prairie! A neighbour that I would prefer not to have ;-)


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