Friday, April 13, 2012

L is for ...

In honor of Friday the 13th (what some consider the unluckiest day of the year,) I'm posting on my fave unluckiest L characters :


Dr. Lecter, AKA Hannibal the Cannibal

The genius of author Thomas Harris created a serial killer so complex and layered, I often found myself rooting for the bad guy. What makes him so fascinating is his diabolical, twisted ways contrasted by his refined love of art, culture, and etiquette. And what makes hims so mind-bogglingly frightening, is his profound understanding of the human psyche. As a psychiatric professional himself, he's the last person you want delving into your subconscious ... or else he could soon be dining on your liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti. ;)

His unlucky life of loss and torment could turn any person into a criminal, but Thomas Harris really pushed the envelope with this guy, making Dr. Lecter one of the creepiest characters in literature, while Anthony Hopkins brought him to life on screen in a way that could never be matched.

 Lisbeth Salander AKA Girl with Dragon Tattoo

Talk about unlucky. This girl should be the poster girl. Super intelligent, spunky, tough, but oh so broken. If I was gonna set up a heist, I'd want her on my side for sure. But man, oh man, what author Steig Larrson did to her! It only showed how tough she could be, and I found myself admiring her tenacity and audacity, while feeling immensely sorry for her at the same time. The story is a bit too much for my taste these days, but I really loved Lisbeth's character. And Rooney Mara is outstanding in the film!

How about you? Any other unlucky characters you'd like to share? What do you think of these two? Please share! And thanks so much for stopping by during this busy bloghopping month! 

29 comments:

Mary Aalgaard, Play off the Page said...

I agree about both of them. I didn't read the book about Lecter. I thought the movie was fascinating. It was horrible, but not terrible to watch.

I didn't care for the graphic sexual violence in Girl with the Dragon Tatoo. I read the first book, but won't read the rest. I haven't seen the movie.

(The food at the Barn was yummy.)

Play off the Page

Trisha said...

Yep, these two are very unlucky characters...but I guess we can add all of Lecter's victims to the 'unlucky' list, can't we? Yech! very creepy indeed.

one of the creepiest characters I ever knew was one in the series THE PRACTICE, who was accused of murder...and when the truth come it was utterly shocking. It just went to show how you can think you know someone, and find out how horribly wrong you were!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hopkins did a fantastic job in the role. You just couldn't hate him.

M.J. Fifield said...

Nice choice with Lecter. Just looking at that picture gives me the creeps.

I haven't seen the Rooney Mara version of Girl with a Dragon Tattoo yet but Lisbeth Salander is certainly about as unlucky as one person can get.

PT Dilloway, Superhero Author said...

If Lecter was so smart, how's come he got caught?

I haven't seen either version of Dragon Tattoo or read it yet either. I probably should at some point as one of those, "Let's see what the hype is all about" things.

Old Kitty said...

Dr Lecter truly freaked me out and gave me nightmares after the Silence of the Lambs film!! What a great character! And Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is saved (in my opinion) by the fabulous Lisbeth!!!

Take care
x

Brinda said...

Lector is pretty darn creepy . I had a hard time liking Lisabeth in the book or the movie.

elizabeth seckman said...

Hannibal Lecter is classic. He's the kind of character who gives you nightmares once you close the book. So well written I thought he was real!
(wikipedia says not)

Shelly said...

I remember trying to get through the Hannibal Lectre series. Personally, I was too horrified to finish them. However, I could handle the movies. Love Anhtony Hopkins.

William Kendall said...

I haven't read the Larrson novels or seen the films, so I can't comment on the character.

Lecter, of course, is one of the all time great characters. Profoundly evil, and very, very compelling.

Donna Yates said...

Interesting choices. They are both too much for me. I can't read the books or watch the movies. I choose Neville Longbottom from the HP series, because he starts out with all kinds of quirks and ends up a hero.

Susan Roebuck said...

I thought the movie Silence of the Lambs was very true to the book. You're right, two very flawed heroes and both begin with "L"!

Johanna Garth said...

Lisbeth looks like half the people I see on Portland streets and what about Lolita? Poor little girl wasn't so lucky to be discovered by Humbert Humbert.

Cortney Pearson said...

I haven't read either, but I'm familiar with both characters. Good points on both of them!

Cassie Mae said...

Oh Hannibal gives me the creepazoids. *shivers*

I haven't read GWDT yet, but it's on my list!

Carla White said...

Excellent "L" characters - in both book and movie form, and interesting to note that both had unlucky upbringings that shaped their adult characters, yet with entirely different outcomes.

The most unlucky characters I've encountered so far in my book reading days are the Beaudelaire orphans in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. Across 13 books, these kids just don't catch a break even though they are good people and try to do everything right. It's sad and maddening as the helpless reader.

Kern Windwraith said...

Lecter was unlucky, but not quite as unlucky as his victims. :) I agree with you that he's a great character--more complex and ultimately far more terrifying than the average fictional serial killer. Silence of the Lambs (the book) gave me the creeps for months after I finished it.

I've only read the first "The Girl with..." book. Not my favourite, but I'd put Lisbeth Salander right up there with some of my other favourite fictional heroines (anti-heroines?).

Great post--will be back for more!

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Wonderful post albiet different.
Great L letter.

Yvonne.

Nick Wilford said...

Agree it was Lecter's intelligence that made him so scary.

I think Lisbeth's hard luck life was a bit over the top, and other aspects of the books were slightly ridiculous, but I definitely was rooting for her by the end.

Roger Lawrence said...

If Hannibal Lecter had been a raving maniac instead of just so cool, he'd have been a real let-down. Good choice.

Fiona Faith Maddock said...

I love your blog design and your theme for the A to Z Challenge is great, because it's different.

Jennifer Ruth Jackson said...

I love Dr. Lecter, I bought the movie for my family recently... the original.

I haven't seen "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" but I want to.

Savannah Chase said...

Lisbeth is a fave of mine. I loved the Dragon Tattoo movies (the original ones), and the books are really good as well.

Leslie Rose said...

I watched Silence of the Lambs through the holes of the afgan that I was hiding under.

James Garcia Jr. said...

Hi, P.K. Great choices here. I recently answered a poll on favorite literary villians and I had to go with Lecter. That character was just brilliant!
I saw The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo a couple of weeks ago and thought it was very good. It did have those few moments that were very tough to watch, however.

-Jimmy

Jaycee DeLorenzo said...

Gah, Lecter is so creepy! :shudders:

Cally Jackson said...

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was a bit too much for my tastes too but I agree Lisbeth was extraordinarily unlucky in life.

By the way, I tagged you in a game and gave you an award on my blog. I won't be offended if you don't 'play', just wanted to let you know. :-)

Sarah Pearson said...

I agree with you totally about Lisbeth. I do like the changes to her character over the period of the three books- the progression seems reasonable and natural given the events that are occurring.

Christine Rains said...

I find Dr. Lector fascinating, and Lisbeth unsettles me.