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Open Letters - Non Fiction Decoded

“To send a letter is a good way of going somewhere without moving anything but your heart."

Non-Fiction Decoded was a multi-phased event wherein we explore various interesting facets of non-fiction. One of which was Open Letters.

An Open Letter is a letter that is intended to be read by a wide audience, or a letter intended for an individual but nonetheless widely distributed intentionally.

It is a form of literature used to express your opinions or emotions towards someone or something.

Our topic for Open Letters was "An open letter to a fictional villain"

This topic gave a fun and interesting twist to the non-fiction event. We learned and explored a new form of non-fiction literature while also having a touch of the fictional world to it. We all have a part of us that sympathizes with morally grey fictional villains. The idea of writing open letters to them gave people an opportunity to show everyone their perspective on such villains.

For instance, here is an open letter to Katherine Pierce from The Vampire Diaries.

Dear Katherine,

To Katherine Pierce,

“You either die a hero or live long enough to become the villain”

This stands true when it comes to you, Katerina Petrova. You were not born a villain, but life made you one. I see you as more of a survivor, and no one can live like an angel in a living hell while surviving through centuries. Your good side is not all rainbows and sunshine, but the fearless fighter you are, the survivor.

You loved and you lost and all you were left with was yourself. Your selfishness was justified as you had no one worth being selfless for. Though there are some unscrupulous actions you have made throughout your life, there is a part of you that I look up to. You are one character most people have a love-hate relation with, and that’s what makes you an iconic villain of our times.

From,

The girl who admires your fierceness.


Such Open Letters broadens our perspective about a villain and gives us a lot to think about. It is one of the most interesting concepts of literature which comes under non-fiction.


- Rtr. Dhwanie Shetty


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