Thursday, January 9, 2014

Please Pass the Chianti!

by Alan

Everyone probably has a favorite detective, but who is your favorite fictional murderer?

Ah, so many evil criminals to choose from. But if I’m going to go dark, I might as well go big and select one of the most diabolical, twisted—and formidable—villains ever created: Hannibal Lechter.

Let’s face it. You liked him in Red Dragon. You loved him in Silence of the Lambs. Of course, if you’re like most of the reading population, you really loathed him in Hannibal (and loathed the story, too; it was the one book I actually threw across the room in disgust when I finished). And after reading Hannibal, you probably avoided him altogether in Hannibal Rising (I know I did).

He had it all. A brilliant mind. A refined elegance. A very warped sense of morals with no reluctance to act on them. And when you’re ranking bad guys, cannibalism counts for a lot.

So to recap: I’d choose Hannibal Lechter as my “favorite” murderer.

But I wouldn’t invite him over for dinner.


Meredith Cole said...

Ha! He definitely doesn't pass my dinner party test, Alan...

Susan C Shea said...

No one's mentioned my favorite yet, Tom Ripley. Maybe what made him my favorite was Patricia Highsmith's elegant premise and her ability to carry out her story so well. I liked the movie too. Thought Matt Damon got it just right.

Paul D. Marks said...

More importantly don't go to his house for dinner, especially if he's serving fava beans with that Chianti. -- Paul D. Marks