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Anyone else have a weird fascination about this fictional character?

I just finished "Hannibal Rising" and now feel the need to re-read the other books that include him.

I have an extensive imagination, but I marvel at the ability of authors' like Thomas Harris and others, in creating such an out of the ordinary characters the likes of Hannibal.

I always did like "strange" stories like those often featured in the "Twilight Zone" or the "Alfred Hitchcock" stories.

Ohhh, and Edgar Allen Poe's "the Pit and the Pendulum"!

And the movie "Se7en".

Any one else like this kind of stuff?
 

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I have to admit that I do. For me, the fascination is trying to discover what made these types of people the way they are. Was it nature, nurture, both, neither, genetics, lack of genetics....

For me, it is serial killers. And I don't know why. Fascination with the gruesome. I know it's not good for me, nor wholesome to read.

DH says I should have been a criminal psychologist.
 

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While I like mystery and suspense type things..........the gruesome I can do without. I liked the movie "Silence of the Lambs" a lot, speaking of Hannibal. I have not read the books and did not like the other Hannibal movies. I'm sure the books are much better than the movies, as is usually the case. The mind of the author intrigues me...........how they build and create such multi-layered characters. Of course, that's what they do, isn't it?

As far as the fictional characters go.......I usually like the good guys.....Kay Scarpetta in the Patricia Cornwell books........Alex Cross in the James Patterson books.
 

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Best and most unusual movie I have seen in a couple decades is : Perfume............A totally original plot!(Original is NOT what they are making these days!) Watch it and let me know what u think!
 

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I read Silence of the Lambs after seeing the movie. The movie was pretty true to the book, as movies go, but the book was a good read with more depth. I like reading about serial killers, too. But, I like any kind of psychological explanations and who-done-it.
 

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I will give you that "Silence of the Lambs" was good--could only watch it through once though, I'm not hot on gratuitous cruel gore, just skip those parts. My favorite part was when the girl in the well snagged the killer's poodle :D hahaha! Also enjoyed Jody Foster--thought that movie had interesting character stuff. But it seemed like the sequels were just how gross can it get.

Seven was also a really good movie, only could watch it once because of the awful cruelty, but the story was real good.

What's weird is I can take "real life" gore(like war movies), but the intentional torture cruelty make a serial killer happy stuff I can't take--and I dont' think that is such good stuff for people to watch. Just like how watching a lot of porn is bad for your psyche and relationships.
 

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I read Silence of the Lambs after seeing the movie. The movie was pretty true to the book, as movies go, but the book was a good read with more depth. I like reading about serial killers, too. But, I like any kind of psychological explanations and who-done-it.
Before there was a term "Serial Killer" there was Ed.
Ed is often called a serial killer despite his conviction for only two murders, though he indeed provided an influence for several fictional serial killers; Norman Bates from Psycho, Jame Gumb from The Silence of the Lambs, and Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Before Dahmer, before Gacy, there was Ed Gein..
Ed Gein (August 27, 1906 – July 26, 1984) was an American murderer and grave robber. His crimes, which he committed around his hometown of Plainfield, Wisconsin, generated widespread notoriety after authorities discovered Gein had exhumed corpses from local graveyards and fashioned trophies and keepsakes from their bones and skin.
 

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the thomas harris books are favorites of mine and they have done a good job with turning them into movies manhunter is a good one also if you want tot go back the the earlier and red dragon am a big fan of this type of crime ed gein was a very interesting story there are so many true ones a russian cant remember his name also a canadian i think i also am a fan of King's books have read almost all of them only one series i couldnt get into the dark tower set am working on duma bay now
 

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I read Silence of the Lambs after seeing the movie. The movie was pretty true to the book, as movies go, but the book was a good read with more depth. I like reading about serial killers, too. But, I like any kind of psychological explanations and who-done-it.
But then the movie "Hannibal" was different from the book.
I liked the book better.

It wasn't a gruesome story, but I really liked the book, "The Bridges of Madison County".
After imaging myself as a character in that story, I was disappointed when I saw the movie.
The story that I played in my mind while reading the book, was much more interesting than the movie.

And, I was surprised when my twenty+ year old DD expressed the opposite thought, thinking the movie much better than the book.

But then...........I remembered, I was reading it as someone more the same age as the farm wife in the story.........someone who had been married (with children) for many years.
Even though DD felt she was an expert on love and romance, she was still single with not the extensive experience for which she was giving herslf credit.
 

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Jeffery Deaver’s “The Bone Collector” kept me up at nights….
I just got hooked on Stephen King’s book also….I just wished he cleaned up his language alittle…
 

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I will give you that "Silence of the Lambs" was good--could only watch it through once though, .

I've watched it 3 or 4 times.
And everytime I watch it I see something that I had missed previously.


Another movie I needed to watch a couple of times was "Sixth Sense".
After I saw the ending, I had to re-watch it, just to see how they alluded to the ending with out me catching it.

And then there is "the Illusionist".
Another one that needed to be watched again, after seeing the ending.
The climax was awesome!
 

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I've read or seen most books and movies listed here...another one that was good is The Others,,,I've got most of S. Kings books..haven't read them all yet..I do like the wierd off the wall stuff..but reading lately is ahead of movie watching..(I tend to go to sleep while watching movies..at home or theater),,
 

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Kathy in MD......I read Stephen King years ago and really enjoyed his stories, I just skipped over the bad words, until one day I started a new book and he used the F-bomb 4 or 5 times in the first half page. I suddenly thought " If Jesus returns at this very moment, I don't want to be reading this book" I've never read another of his books since then. There are so many good books to read I'll never live long enough to read them all anyway. Ha
 

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Best and most unusual movie I have seen in a couple decades is : Perfume............A totally original plot!(Original is NOT what they are making these days!) Watch it and let me know what u think!
I look forward to seeing it!
 

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Best and most unusual movie I have seen in a couple decades is : Perfume............A totally original plot!(Original is NOT what they are making these days!) Watch it and let me know what u think!
Is is based on the Patrick Suskind book?
 

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But then the movie "Hannibal" was different from the book.
I liked the book better.

It wasn't a gruesome story, but I really liked the book, "The Bridges of Madison County".
That was a good movie. A nice laid back kinda movie that you felt like you were right there. I also liked the movie "To Dance With The White Dog"a heart warming story"

Now back to the gore, I liked "Silence of The Lambs" and "Red Dragon" also like Cannibal,and werewolf movies

The best one to me(but to much blood) was "Walking Tall" with Joe Don Baker. Every county in America needs a sheriff like the one he played.
 

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What a coincidence. I watched Hannibal Rising last night. I've seen the other two movies and liked the first one especially. I was disappointed with Hannibal Rising. If it wouldn't have been for holding out hope that Gong Li would get naked at some point I would have turned the channel long before it ended.
 

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I like the good guys - like Dexter ;)
 

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I love to read the suspense mysteries, and I read Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal Lector years ago - good reads. I read all the Scarpetti books, and I LOVE James Patterson's Alex Cross books. Of course, I'm a big reader anyway, so name a mystery series or writer, and if I haven't read them, I'll be looking for them in the library next visit! Any thing from hard core to cozies and don't even get me started on Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, lol.

What I can't do is watch the movies made from these stories. Don't know why, but it just totally turns me off to watch them. :shrug: Weird, because the movie that runs in my head when I'm reading a novel is more graphic than what's on the screen.

Never really got into Stephen King, though....
 

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What a coincidence. I watched Hannibal Rising last night. I've seen the other two movies and liked the first one especially. I was disappointed with Hannibal Rising. If it wouldn't have been for holding out hope that Gong Li would get naked at some point I would have turned the channel long before it ended.
Can we take it that she didn't? Well can we? No need to blow that two hours unless we have to. LOL Eddie
 
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