I feel like there are two very controversial moral elements that need to be balanced in literature - writing antagonists as relatable people the reader can identify with, and writing the existence of pure and despicable evil that deserves punishment. These are basically analogous to the traditional Jewish/Abrahamic values of Mercy and Justice, and the pendulum can definitely swing too far one way or the other. IMO, way too many works are lacking *both*.
You’re making sense.
I don’t want stories not to talk about justice. I just mean that, even as a kid, if you were, like, describing Aunt Marie as ugly and fat and oily and shrill (and this wasn’t like, Harry Potter style where even the heroes look gangly and ratty and awkward and it’s cute, but rather the description feels cruel or nasty) and then talking about all the bad things she did, I’d probably take so much issue with the first thing that I wouldn’t necessarily gloat when she’s crushed into paste by the Whizbang Machine.
I mean, what if the reason she does those mean things is she’s tired of everyone only noticing she’s fat and oily and never stopping making fun of her over and over?