THE ART AND MAKING OF HANNIBAL: THE TELEVISION SERIES

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THE ART AND MAKING OF HANNIBAL: THE TELEVISION SERIES

There have been times with Hannibal where it has been a victim of style over substance with some of its episodes. That said though, when your style looks as good as it does in Hannibal, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. So with this in mind, it’s with great anticipation that you pick up a copy of The Art and Making of Hannibal. The cover is wonderfully enticing; a clean white cover with a bloody heart on a plate. It’s gruesome, classy and oddly beautiful to look at. It’s a shame then that the actual content of the book is more “making of” than “art of”.

For the most part, the “making of” stuff is pretty standard affair, with behind the scenes photos and stills from episodes. All of them feel posed rather than like they have caught a candid on set moment. This being a book about Hannibal, they don’t shy away from the murders depicted in the series and fill the book with plenty of lingering shots on many of the series more gory deaths.

Jesse McClean has put together a pretty comprehensive book on the making of the series, incorporating interviews with the cast and crew, profiles of the characters, set design maps and more. There are a couple of interesting bits about the series hidden in this, but the whole thing reads a little like a publicity interview for the series, rather than an in depth making of.

That said, if you’re a fan of just the series, this book probably has everything you could want and more. For me, as a fan of the franchise as a whole, the book barely acknowledges the previous movie adaptations of Thomas Harris’ novels and it’s an oversight that left me wanting more from the book. Admittedly it is probably unfair to knock a book about the Hannibal TV Series for not covering the previous films, but given the influence they have clearly had on elements of the series, it would’ve been nice to at least acknowledge them.

INFO: THE ART AND MAKING OF HANNIBAL: THE TELEVISION SERIES / AUTHOR: JESSE MCLEAN / PUBLISHER: TITAN BOOKS / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW

 


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-1 #4 wayne 2015-05-15 10:29
I just realized you're probably the moronic author of this fluff himself, since probably no one reads this rag. Are you mad since I called you out, huh? No worries. You can still go and fuck yourself.
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0 #3 wayne 2015-05-15 10:26
Quoting Will Graham:
You are a moron and a terrible commenter.

Literally every criticism you have of this review is answered in the same paragraph you're whining about. 'Acknowledge what exactly?', you ask. 'The influence they have clearly had on elements of the series,' the reviewer says.

Whether you agree with the reviewer or not (I actually don't), he very clearly states the problems he had with the book. He even admits that it's 'probably unfair' to knock the book for not comparing the TV series to the movies himself!

Also, you're rude and Hannibal would eat the fuck out of you for Sunday brunch.


And you're an even bigger moron. Him stating his 'problems' with the book doesn't make him even less of an idiot for comparing a book exclusively dedicated to the show with the previous series of movies. And your attempt at wit is pathetic so fuck you and the hole you came from you stupid cunt.
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0 #2 Will Graham 2015-05-14 06:40
You are a moron and a terrible commenter.

Literally every criticism you have of this review is answered in the same paragraph you're whining about. 'Acknowledge what exactly?', you ask. 'The influence they have clearly had on elements of the series,' the reviewer says.

Whether you agree with the reviewer or not (I actually don't), he very clearly states the problems he had with the book. He even admits that it's 'probably unfair' to knock the book for not comparing the TV series to the movies himself!

Also, you're rude and Hannibal would eat the fuck out of you for Sunday brunch.
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-1 #1 wayne 2015-05-13 10:46
You are a moron and a terrible reviewer. So you want from a book dedicated specifically to the art and making of the TV SERIES to 'acknowledge' the previous movies? 'Acknowledge' what exactly? Maybe it should've 'acknowledged' all movies and tv shows ever made by your idiotic logic.
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