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A new Hannibal Lecter prequel?

Permanent Link by bootlegga on Wed Sep 20, 2006 12:45 pm

Reuters is reporting that author Thomas Harris has written a new book featuring fictional serial killer/cannibal Hannibal Lecter, famously played in films by Anthony Hopkins.

The book, "Hannibal Rising," will be in stores on December 5 with a first printing of 1.5 million copies and just in time for the Christmas sales season, Delacorte Press, an imprint of the Bantam Dell Publishing Group, said on Tuesday.

Lecter first appeared in print in Harris' 1981 book "Red Dragon" and then in 1988 in "Silence of the Lambs."

In "Hannibal Rising" readers learn about Lecter's early life in Eastern Europe from age 6 to 20, following the death of his entire family during WWII.

A film version of the new novel, currently titled Young Hannibal, is expected to be released on February 9, 2007. Harris wrote the screenplay.
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Re: A new Hannibal Lecter prequel?

Permanent Link by Dayseed on Fri Sep 22, 2006 3:54 pm

Thomas Harris ultimately fails each and every time he pens something to do with Hannibal Lector. The basic problem is that Harris has imagined a character too smart for him to make real. That is, Thomas Harris doesn't have the smarts necessary to imagine what somebody supposedly as smart as Lector would do.

Case in point, in Red Dragon, Hannibal Lector shines the FBI on about how he knows what motivates the Red Dragon and why he does what he does. The actual knowledge is never revealed. Not once. The narrative leaps away from an explanation of the Red Dragon's motivations and into a cliched climax. The reason? The intellectual limitations of Thomas Harris.

Now, if somebody like Neal Stephenson were to author the next Hannibal Lector book, you may have something. But Harris writing the next one is like letting George Lucas direct another Star Wars film. (Revenge of the Sith excluded...)
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