It takes a seriously talented author to create a memorable villain but it takes a genius to create a serial killer who is not only interesting but he (or sometime she) is the person you root for! My two favorite killers are Hannibal Lecter and Dexter Morgan. I’ve seen all of the Hannibal movies and read all the books (would love to do a re-read) but I’ve only read the first book in the Dexter series and only watched the first season. Something I need to remedy quickly!
I think Hannibal’s intelligence and Anthony Hopkins’ portrayal of him is what makes him my number one favorite bad guy (although I found I preferred the book version of him more). Can’t say I was surprised in the least when I discovered that he was the #1 villain on the American Film Institute’s 100 Heroes and Villains! It was the TV Dexter that made me want to read the Dexter books. Michael C. Hall walks the thin line between being creepy and interesting- mainly because he’s a serial killer who kills other serial killers.
NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART!
So who is your favorite fictional serial killer? Don’t forget to stop by my review for Dean Koontz’s The Good Guy!