Hey guys! I’m going to take a bit longer on updating The Ripper and The Fisherman.
BUT DO NOT WORRY! I AM POSTING TWO CHAPTERS WHEN THEY COME!
Someone was talking about on my dash, so I started thinking about it.
When it comes to fiction, I have no doubt what he would like. Something that is very sensorial in its description, filled with imagery and beauty, but not conventional beauty. Think Edgar Allan Poe or the Bronte sisters. It’ll be dark, supernatural and psychological. It’ll question God, and show the darkness in human kind. A lot of romantic/gothic novels he probably enjoys.
But remember that author is more than fiction writer. Hannibal is a VERY knowledgable man. He’d probably read more books than you can begin to think of, and most of them are theories and studies. I don’t know much about this area, so I can’t really say.
But back with fiction. It’s complicated, as again he’s an incredibly smart man, and I have not researched nearly enough to know these things. I don’t see him as a fan of Existentialism. A book like The Stranger or Catcher in The Rye (as much as it pains me because these are some of my fav books) he would find foolish. In the scene with Bedelia on the season finale he is very aware as to where he comes from and where he’s going, thus this brings no interest to him. Of course it would interest him as it is a common thought, specially in young minds.
I think it would stay within the Romantic authors. It is too broad of an era to not consider it. Or maybe I think this because it’s what I’m mostly being taught. Still, I don’t see him reading 1984 for pleasure.
I could go into every single major literary movement, but I’m on my phone, and I can’t cut this.
Jack is forced to accept the truth about his wife’s disease, and we delve into their past and the beginning of their relationship.
Okay, I know this is cannon, but only after *spoiler if you haven’t read the books* Dolarhyde turns him into a Picasso. But I think from before that, he had already developed the habit. We know, through jokes that Jimmy Price is also keen to have a few drinks, but who wouldn’t after seeing the things they see? And specially Will.
It helps him soothe his thoughts, and calm his nerves. He’s well aware of when to take his drinks though. Because of his awareness in social situations, he’s not a social drinker. He’ll have one whiskey and water it through the night, if he ever really goes out, though that really NEVER happens.
He began drinking at an early age, probably around 14. His dad would pop a beer after a long day of fishing, and let Will have a few as well. It’s not heavy drinking, and he never gets hammered, but he does become a lot more calm. He does drink more than he should, but he’s thankful he is a sleepy drunk.
His favorites are gin and whiskey. They have a nice richness, and is aware how much he needs to drink to get to the state he wishes to be.
I know on the show we get very few references to Will drinking, but in Red Dragon there are a few mentions of Will enjoying his alcohol, and one time he gets flat out drunk.
Will spends a lot of time reading, I mean, of course, he’s a teacher. But he doesn’t just read cases and studies. Will has boxes and boxes, in one of the rooms upstairs in his little house, filled with books. They are thick and old, and a lot have broken bindings. His book collection all comes from yard sales, used books, and gifts from students, though these were a rarity. To him, much like dogs, books provide a companion without the downside of social interaction. On winter nights when he can’t go fishing, or have long walks with his dogs, he’ll sit and have whiskey as he reads the first book he finds, usually set in the south as he can identify well with these characters.
He loves Mark Twain. The author shows the duality of his struggle: seeing everything that’s in front of you, and being unable to find the beauty of it, yet having this incredible admiration towards nature. Even in its horrors, he’ll see the beauty in it. Also, there is no question as to why he identifies with Huck Finn. He had traveled many a times through the Mississippi with his father, and there was always an adventure that came with it. “Two Ways Of Seeing The River” was always kept at hand also. Swamps, and boats, and fishing. It was his pleasures put into paper.
He also loves that Mark Twain lived in Hannibal, Missouri.
Hannibal Lecter learns the importance of communication.
Currently working on the 7th chapter, it’s coming soon I promise!
I find it interesting and exhilarating that we're talking about Hannibal's sexuality because of the way Mads brings this human side to him throughout the show versus the creepy psychotic killer aspect that Anthony Hopkins showed while playing Hannibal in the films which didn't give us much to ponder. I'm gonna add to convo by saying I think Hannibal is probably aesexual or has no desire for sex with someone else. He may have some relationship with Bedelia, but I don't think it's sexual.
See I agree with this more. I think within the context of the actual show he couldn’t be less interested in sex. Now I know Alana mentioned him having an affair, but Hannibal lies so much he could have just said that’s what happened. It’s even possible he was just out with Bedelia or another female and Alana assumed and Hannibal never corrected her.
I don’t think he’s interested in sex at all. If he does have sex with anyone it seems more to me that he’d use it as a tool, in order to manipulate. Hannibal is not normal, a psychopath but not exactly. He understands emotions, but really only his own. He’s egocentric, and he’s not guilty for any reason. Any apology he has made was because he was sorry for himself.
Such as when he apologized to Alana he was SORRY he got caught. When he apologized to Abigail he was SORRY things didn’t go how he wanted them to. It really had nothing to do with being sorry towards them. Everything he does, every emotion he shows, is to manipulate other people into thinking he’s not a psychopath.
He’d also be smart enough to know that sex is a powerful tool. That it would force a connection to him, loyalty, maybe even love. I’m sure he could fake love just fine as well. Psychopaths are experts at mimicking behavior. He would never actually feel love. Doesn’t mean he can’t go through the motions of sex, or pretend it means something. If he were to do this with Bedelia or Alana it would be for personal gain. To keep Bedelia lying for him or to have Alana loyal to him and make sure she never listens to Will.
Mads is a very sexy man. Hopkins was too. I’m sorry but I was very attracted to Hopkins as Hannibal (still am). Anyway, being that Mads is younger than Hopkins was and yes I will admit, far more physically attractive, there is this transfer of sexual association from the fans of him. Plus the sex scenes in movies he has done, don’t help disassociate that he is a sexual being.
Hannibal, himself, is most likely asexual, he just knows how to behave so it appears he isn’t. I would imagine actual Hannibal Lecter would find the act of sex crude, messy, even disgusting and pointless. So if we go with the reality of the Hannibal universe. No he’s not at all interested in sex.
Fan fictions are EXTREMELY fun to write though, as well as Roleplays!
Agreed. Mads himself said that Hannibal was probably asexual.
I agree that Hannibal is likely ace but I don’t agree with the idea that Hannibal would find sex crude and disgusting. Hannibal is a very, very sensual person and sex is a sensual act. He loves beauty and sex is just another beautiful thing. It’s a curious thing as well.
Hannibal wouldn’t be interested in the acts themselves, but in the way that his partner responds. A lot of barriers fall away.
He wouldn’t be the type to fuck for the fun of it. He’d be selective of his partners and sometimes he would be opportunistic. Can I use sex as a tool to better manipulate this situation? Could also simply be, this is a beautiful person and I’m curious to see what this beautiful person can look like in the throes of passion.
I don’t think he’s asexual though. He has no need for it, but I believe that’s just something that has happened through the ages. Seeing as he had a certain attraction to Lady Murasaki in his late teens/early adulthood, I do think he does have sexual attractions towards people. Also, I do believe the affair was real, because Fuller said he actually rarely lied on the show, it was always a matter of rhetoric.
Add to that his love for the human body and its functions, his fascination with its beauty. And if I remember correctly in the books it’s mentioned he had a fling with a model, also Sucliffe said he would use his magical nose powers to flirt with the nurses. So maybe he’s not active now, but he definitely had an attraction his youth, but I do believe maturity is a big factor, and while he doesn’t NEED to have sex, no one really NEEDS to.
He now practices as a psychiatrist, with no secretary, so it’s a very lonely job actually. When he was younger and practiced as a surgeon he had nurses and other doctors around him, and a lot more people to wonder what they would do under those circumstances. He’d find the whole thing beautiful, unless his partner started moaning like a pornstar, in that case he would find it unnecessary and pretty banal, since he will take it as feigned pleasure, and therefore it would be incredibly rude. And you know where that gets you.
Also he’s the sexual partner that would play classical music and smell you a lot during intercourse. He also does it with the lights on, and has wandering hands. He would make sure all his senses are well covered, and if he didn’t like the noises you make, if you’re into it he would most likely gag you. (And I do believe he’s into these sort of things, since a lot of them increase sensibilities.)
And he’d probably be on top, mainly because aerial shot of Mads Mikkelsen’s bare back.
I’ve been thinking of sharing my headcanons about Hannibal, because I just adore the characters so much, so I’m going to share a couple that I’ve got whenever they pop into my head.
Hannibal tends to touch things, making sure they are in the right place, usually in the center, and in line with whatever edge is around him. Though most people think this is due a slight OCD, I have a different theory.
Hannibal Lecter learned etiquette with Lady Murasaki, the wife of his uncle, Robertus Lecter (which is a fucking bad ass name). She was obviously educated in Japanese culture and had great knowledge of their traditions and rituals. A big part of Japanese culture is a big regard for symmetry and beauty. In a video Meg Turney from SourceFed explains different things she found out about Japanese culture while she was there, and she said they pour glasses of water up to three quarters because that is what they find beautiful.
We have seen Hannibal’s love of beautiful things. Food, art, music. But I believe he also picked up that idea of symmetric beauty. Where he goes he makes sure books are properly aligned, and pencils all point one way because he wants to fill these rooms with a little bit more of beauty.
Doing research on encephalitis, blood during infections, and the general changes of the body with disease for the next chapter of the Ripper and the Fisherman.
If anyone knows approximate numbers that would happen if someone’s condition got too bad, please help. Or help me find the dialogue where Hannibal talks about Will’s blood cell counts because I have been unable to.