Thanks so much for including me on your blog visits today. I'll be catching up with you all weekend long. The first draft of my latest project is almost complete and I'm grateful because it's sucking all my creative time and energy. (in a good way tho!)
But not so much I forgot about L day! And your villain today is ...
DR. LECTER, of course. AKA HANNIBAL THE CANNIBAL
One of the greatest villains of all time. We love to hate him, and may even hate to love him, but he's so darn fascinating we can't help ourselves. Purely demented, but with an appreciation of fine arts and cuisine, as well as proper etiquette, Hannibal is nothing short of a psychopathic genius. Once he gets into your head, your only hope is to treat him with polite respect, in hopes he'll avoid eating your liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.
We met him first in Red Dragon, then got a better taste of him in Silence of the Lambs (pun intended!) and roamed freely with him in Hannibal, while witnessing the hardships he endured as a child in Hannibal Rising. We know why he's bad. The loss of his parents and demise of his poor sister Mischa were enough to challenge anyone's sanity and dredge up a bit of sympathy from us.
Hannibal was perfectly creep-tastic in all Thomas Harris's books, and of course, delightfully repulsive on film from Anthony Hopkins's stellar portrayal.
Makes me want to craft a villain all my own, and make up an entire story around him. What an awesome project that would be.
Of course, this is not the first time I've posted on Dr. Lecter. Last time I posted on him, I included a bit about Buffalo Bill as well, from Silence of the Lambs. A debate ensued in the comments over who was the real antagonist of the story. Buffalo Bill? Or Hannibal Lecter?
My viewpoint was, Buffalo Bill was the true antagonist of the story and Hannibal Lecter was a side character, although perfectly villainous all the same. Some disagreed with me and found Hannibal to be the real antagonist.
How about you? Remember that topic? Any opinions? Please share ...