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"Goodbye" signs in various language seen at Disneyland's "it's a small world" attraction
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All languages have certain words that roll so beautifully off the tongue.

It's no wonder why listening to vocal arias from operas and oratorios–which are typically in languages other than English–can be such a satisfying experience.

Examples coming to mind that are pleasant to the ear include, "Un Bel Di Vedremo" from the Italian opera Madame Butterfly and "Au fond du temple saint"–a duet from the French opera, Les pêcheurs de perles.

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If one were to really think about it, the villains might be the true hero of any story.

Of course, their actions remain indefensible and their behavior appalling, nor should we ever be rooting for them to succeed.

However, without the villains, where would any story go?

It's the villains who create conflict in our favorite books, films, and television series, and ultimately draw us into the story and keep our attention.

Even if we don't find ourselves sympathizing with villains portrayed by certain actors, it's hard not to find ourselves fascinated by them!

Sometimes, it's hard to even take our eyes off them.

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Shelf Full Of Books
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There are few better feelings than being in the middle of a good book, finishing a chapter, and realizing that you don't want to put it down.

Be it Howards End, Catcher in the Rye, or any mystery by James Patterson purchased at Hudson News. That moment you realize you have found a book that might be your favorite, if not the all-time best book you've ever read.

It's a sensation similar to, if not better than, falling in love.

Discovering your favorite book introduces you to characters you wish you knew in real life, hits on themes or experiences you can relate to all too well, and perhaps most deliciously, enrages you when you see how they ruined the story or botched the casting when it is adapted into a film.

Resulting in your going back to read your favorite book all over again, and discover elements which somehow escaped you the first five times you read it.

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Movies Where It's Easier To Root For The Bad Guys
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Who doesn't love a good villain?

If we really stop and think, we might realize that it's the villains, not so much the heroes, who have all the best lines.

Not to mention, often the most striking wardrobes as well.

Which doesn't mean that we don't cheer and feel vindicated to see them pay for all their awful deeds.

Most of the time.

In some rare cases, we might find ourselves siding with the supposed antagonist.

Leaving the theater wondering what exactly is so bad about them, and scratching our heads as to whether or not they got what they deserved.

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Fictional characters always say the best things.

It's always perfect and spot on, but in real life we normally say things wrong and messy.

Maybe that's why so much great dialogue resonates...

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