And so here we are.
The overlord character often struggles to be much more than a cheap Sauron rip-off.
And it often struggles to be more than a Sauron rip-off because readers assume that Sauron is the perfect villain.
Here’s the problem.
Sauron isn’t the perfect villain–he isn’t even a particularly interesting one.
“What?” all my fellow Tolkien-fans are now saying. “How can Sauron not be an interesting villain?”
Watch the video to understand why.