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The Silence of the Lambs Hannibal Lecter The ultimate villain of modern fiction Read the five million copy bestseller that scared the world silent The Silence of the Lambs A young FBI trainee An evil genius locked away for unspeakable crimes A plunge into the darkest chambers of a psychopath s mind in the deadly search for a serial killer back cover One of my favorite books and film too This is the second novel in the Hannibal Lecter book series GAME CHANGER Back then, in 1991, I didn t know that Silence of the Lambs had been first a book, and even less that it was actually the second book in the literary series, butI knew that the film adaptation became, in an instant, one of my all time favorite films A game changer indeed that swept away with the 5 most respected awards by the Academy best film, best script, best directo One of my favorite books and film too This is the second novel in the Hannibal Lecter book series GAME CHANGER Back then, in 1991, I didn t know that Silence of the Lambs had been first a book, and even less that it was actually the second book in the literary series, butI knew that the film adaptation became, in an instant, one of my all time favorite films A game changer indeed that swept away with the 5 most respected awards by the Academy best film, best script, best director, best actor and best actress that you can t diminish since this particular combination of these 5 Oscars, had been only accomplished three times in the history of the Oscars, It Happened One Night 1934 and One Flew Over the Cuckoo s Nest 1975 , along with the said film.A curious thing is that while Dr Hannibal Lecter became the lead character of the book series generating adaptations of each book along with a TV series inspired in the said characterfor me, my attachment to Silence of the Lambs was the young FBI trainee Clarice Starling, since she was a formidable character facing overwhelming challenges dealing with disturbing interviews with the insidious Dr Hannibal Lecter, an unwilling pawn of FBI Special Agent Jack Crawford, and having to face the insanely dangerous Buffalo Bill.Clarice Starling is a beacon of light in the middle of a hopeless world of darkness She is smart, intuitive, resourceful and brave THE END JUSTIFIES THE MEANS Hardly, anyone thinks himself as the villain, each character real or fiction thinks that they are doing the right thing and that the end justifies the meansand young FBI trainee Clarice Starling is the means for Special Agent Jack Crawford to get the insight of Dr Hannibal Lecter about the case of the criminally insane one known as Buffalo Bill , so exposing an unexperienced Starling to the wicked cunning Dr Hannibal Lecter, is justified if that can accomplish the arrest of the wanted serial killer.This kind of justified manipulation isn t strange to Crawford since he has done it before with Special Investigator Will Graham, that not matter his natural talent to get to know how the serial killers think, Graham was already a fragile character looking for peace of mind when he was persuaded to become involved once again in a serial killer case and getting inside the world of Dr Hannibal Lecter again with disastrous outcome.Now, it s turn for young Clarice to become a pawn of Jack Crawford that while his intentions are good in the angle that he genuinely wants to arrest criminals, he s leaving collateral damage in the path of those manhunting crusades.Clarice may not fall nowbut she s already in the watch of Dr Hannibal Lecter and it was Crawford who put her there SERIAL KILLERS WORLD IS SO SMALL It seems that the serial killers world, at least in the literary universe created by Thomas Harris, is so small that a character like Dr Hannibal Lecter, where you have to take in mind that he was a renown psychiatrist too, well, it isn t that hard to notice the particular M.O.s of each criminally insane murderers, and soon enough knowing who in the middle of that twisted club is the designer on each killing spree.And Dr Lecter knows that.He knows that he is a necessary evil for being able by the forces of the law to catch other menaces of this same kind of wicked breed,And of course, Dr Lecter has a plan.He is patient There is not hurry.He already got his payback to his accidental captor.Now, it could be good to get his freedom back.Since after all, the world is just too boring without him there.And that fool Jack Crawford keeps sending him the tools to get what he wants.Dr Hannibal Lecter is ready to eat the whole world once again.Be afraid.Be very afraidand turn to look if somebody is following you, ready to take you for dinner Why Many years from now, historians will look back on this story and wonder why it was so important And believe me, my friends, important it was Today, most thrillers and police procedurals gets measured against it.For this review, I will refer to TSOTL as the story, because I m going to talk about the book, movie, facts, fiction and some of my own opinions.TSOTL was the second Dr Hannibal Lector story It was also the second movie adaptation wait just a damn moment, you might be saying to Why Many years from now, historians will look back on this story and wonder why it was so important And believe me, my friends, important it was Today, most thrillers and police procedurals gets measured against it.For this review, I will refer to TSOTL as the story, because I m going to talk about the book, movie, facts, fiction and some of my own opinions.TSOTL was the second Dr Hannibal Lector story It was also the second movie adaptation wait just a damn moment, you might be saying to me, Red Dragon was the first book but it was made after the TSOTL movie was so successfulCorrect.However, there was an attempt at a screen adaptation of Red Dragon a few years before TSOTL, called MANHUNTER It was directed by Michael Mann To the best of my knowledge, it was a flop at the box office.There are a few things TSOTL had going for it that counted in its favor By all means, Thomas Harris is a brilliant writer if you ve read any of the books you will know this But most movie freaks and geeks will agree with me that the story is probably one of the best adaptations from book to screen ever.Then you look at the cast Jody Foster managed to play a vulnerable yet strong female IMPORTANT lead You know she is intelligent, yet she knows that she has no chance against the superior intellect of Dr Hannibal Lector In comes Anthony Hopkins, whose portrayal of the psychopathic genius is so convincing, it catapults him to one of the biggest super villains of all time, yet he is so charming that the audience can t help but like him.And, of course, Buffalo Bill is played by Ted Levine, who is utterly convincing, even if you ve seen him as the cop in MONK.With a strong cast and story, this movie became an unlikely contender at the Academy Awards And they won a few Right, lets take a step back, to the research phase of this story.Thomas Harris, in the early 80 s, were doing research and was fortunate enough to get involved with criminal profiling, which at that time had been an unproven and highly speculative science It was during the time when they were on the trail of one Ted Bundy If you know a bit about this famous serial killer, you will probably know that he used to fake injuries by wearing a cast and asking victims for their helpDo you remember how Buffalo Bill got that girl in the back of the van And while Bundy was incarcerated on death row, he was willing to help the police do a profile on another serial killer of the time, The Green River Killer I believe Bundy told them not to remove a body when they discover it, because the killer will go back to his treasure something that was later confirmed to have happenedRemember that agent Sterling asked Dr Lector for his help And then there was the killer Ed Gein, many decades before, who robbed graves and ultimately killed people to make himself a female skin, which was apparently hard to sow without tearingNeed I explain this one The fact of the matter is, while some things may have seemed preposterous to us in the early eighties, like they could only happen in the movies, there were some truly messed up people out there who were doing some truly messed up things wow, it s been a while since I ve kept a sentence PG like thatI will accept your applause humbly.Also, there was and, unfortunately, still are some stereo types about women in the FBI Harris took the opportunity to make a statement, maybe very subtly, but still very important, about power vs emotion At no time does this story feel like a Hollywood blockbuster, where the star is cocky and always has a way out of a sticky situation, where it s all guns and fire and explosions, etc No, this story was meant to cut close to home, to show the possibilities, for we are all vulnerable in this world Agent Clarice is scared, she fears for her life, she doesn t know if she will survive, but she fights the big, bad Goliath killer And she wins.This story is also important from a psychological point of view Whatever your feelings about profiling may be, they have discovered so much and found impossible connections through their research, and we will never know how many lives it has saved It s a kind of Paying it forward thing By doing what they do, they prevent things that may have been inevitable in a different world.I once saw something I can t remember exactly where about some research they were doing on inmates They took brain scans of a number of them, and noted that those who were certified as psychopathic, had an underdeveloped area in a certain part of their brains If I can remember correctly, it had something to do with the mother producing too much serotonin during pregnancy, or some such scientific thing.How is this helpful, you may ask Well, this is my personal opinion, so if it offends you, stop reading Casey AnthonyIs she a psychopath who got away with murder Yes, when I look at the facts of the case, and the things her attorney s did to get her free, I m sickened to think the jurors couldn t believe a mother would do that to her child Nobody LIKES to believe it, but I wish I could have seen a brain scan of her compared to those other psychopaths I wish there was a psychologist who could have explained it to them.But enough about that.This book is, was and always will be important, because it brought certain realities home to the world we find ourselves in.If you haven t read it but managed to get through this long review what s the matter with you But I am not trying to convince anybody of my point of view, so feel free to disagree 3.5 STARSBe very careful with Hannibal Lector Dr Chilton, the head of the mental hospital, will go over the physical procedure you use to deal with him Don t deviate from it Do not deviate from it one iota for any reason We both know you have to back and forth a little in interviews, but you tell him no specifics about yourself You don t want any of your personal facts in his head Bet you thought I was never going to write this review, huh Well, it turns out I just needed a good lo 3.5 STARSBe very careful with Hannibal Lector Dr Chilton, the head of the mental hospital, will go over the physical procedure you use to deal with him Don t deviate from it Do not deviate from it one iota for any reason We both know you have to back and forth a little in interviews, but you tell him no specifics about yourself You don t want any of your personal facts in his head Bet you thought I was never going to write this review, huh Well, it turns out I just needed a good long pause to toss around my thoughts before attempting to wrangle them on paper There s a lot of pressure diving into a book that has been deemed a modern classic, and you never know what side of the spectrum you ll fall on once you ve experienced such, but I m pleased that overall, this was a really enjoyable experience for me While I ve seen the movie over the yearstimes than I can count, somehow it didn t ruin my experience or opinion of the book Below, there will be quite a few spoilers and discussion pertaining to specific plot points and comparisons from the book to film adaptation, so if you haven t read the book or seen the movie and desire to know no specifics, please stop here.I m going to start with all the things that I loved Obviously, the book is way better than the movie, due to the amount of detail and characterization that is lost in translation when you must condense a 400 page novel into a 2 hour film production The characters are richly developed, flawed, and their decision making process and solving of the cases in general are quite progressive considering this book was published in the 1980s The Silence of the Lambs is a wonderful example of how, we can see glimpses of the villain throughout the book, and still garner the compulsive pacing of a whodunnit One thing that felt odd to me was reconciling the fact that, for the time this book was published, the story is so progressive in some aspects and terribly disappointing in others If you ve seen the movie, then you probably are aware of how, at best, the movie is borderline transphobic, and this is due to the fact that they left out some crucial scenes from the book While the movie implies maybe once or twice that Jame Gumb is not really transgender, they don t do a full job of explaining the why or how behind his choices in fact, the movie leaves out his backstory entirely, as well as a scene that was filmed but cut from the final production portraying the investigation into the transgender clinic In the book, it is clearly shown how transgender people are a peaceful group, and how our villain is someone who IS NOT transgender, and was rejected for reassignment surgery based on multiple red flags that occurred during the initial application Also, the doctor that the FBI initially tries to coerce into giving up personal information regarding his patients not only defends his patients, but goes on the offensive to protect the minority group I really loved how the book handled this SO much better than the movie.The one thing that REALLY bugged me though, is how you can have a novel written in the 80s that was LGBT forward, but unrealistically fat shaming women from start to finish I figured I ll be ripped a new one for this and deemed a sensitive snowflake, so I decided to mark specific passages for reference One particular example is in chapter 34, where Starling is poking around in Catherine s apartment after she s been abducted On page 242 in my copy , there s an internal monologue where Clarice is flipping through her closet, and notes that at almost 6 ft tall, Catherine has sets of clothes in 2 sizes large and crisis fat It s stated that the first set are when she is 145lbs and the second at 165lbs For reference, I have a friend who is 6ft tall and was constantly asked if she was anorexic, and she weighed 185lbs I understand that point is that Buffalo Bill is kidnapping full figured women to fit his long term outcome, but I had a hard time stomaching that we are told somewhere between 15 20 times throughout the book how OMG THESE GIRLS ARE SO FAT SO FAT SO FAT UGH DISGUSTING DON T THEY HAVE ANY SELF RESPECT AGAIN SO FAT, and yet, according to the specific height and weight details we re given, they are medically and even socially NOT FAT We even get a few inner monologues where Catherine knows her full figured body is attractive, but we re immediately reminded afterwards to NOT FORGET SHE S FAT AND UGH SO GROSSdeep breathAlright, I m done beating that to death Lastly, aside from Jack Crawford s character, I felt the movie was mostly cast well, with the best being Ted Levine as Buffalo Bill Jody Foster as Clarice was a bit of stretch for me, as the Clarice in the book isn t quite the pushover we see on screen, but still not a bad choice I can wholly see why this is the book most refer to that initiated the mainstream craze for forensic crime scene novels, as it is a really well written procedural, and manages to feel realistic but not lose the page turning quality of suspense that it carries Overall, I m so glad I read this one and look forward to circling back around to Red Dragon an odd case in which the book is not better than the movie in fact, it is much worse.

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