With the streak of a tear, Like morning dew
I finished The Silence of the Lambs last week
So, did you empathize with Buffalo Bill? =)
and started on Hannibal. I know people were disappointed with the book and the movie (I’m one of the rare folks who liked it), but I’m enjoying it so far.
Yeah, as one sympathetic to the devil I liked the book and thought it would have made for a more congruent, if not worthy, sequel to Lambs had the original production team been involved. I mean, they made changes anyway so it's not like Tally, Demme and Foster couldn't have done so as well (won't discuss specifically since you're in the middle of reading it). Anyway, you can't do much better than the top notch mercenaries De Laurentiis brought in to replace them but it's still jarring, though certainly cements the film's different identity and completes a sort of incredible, though uneven trilogy starting with Manhunter. I just always wonder how a Demme/Foster version more in the vein of their Lambs might have turned out.
I don’t think I’ll read Hannibal Rising when I’m finished, though. Harris wrote it under pressure from the studio that owned the rights to Lecter, and I’ve heard it’s pretty bad.
Yeah, it basically became franchise IP at that point, they just happened to have the original author on the hook. It's tough to demand assembly line pulp out of a guy that would otherwise write a novel once a decade.