“The Silence Of The Lambs” Offers Everything A Critical Reader Could Want


“Silence of the Lambs” is such an engaging film, it made me wonder how much better the book would be.  However, this was the first time a book didn’t bring anything more to a movie, which surprised me.  Everything about the book, the back story of the characters, the realistic narration of agent Starling, the detailed and complex writing, and perfectly timed plot, were all completely captured in the movie.  I had no idea how close to the book the movie was, and in that sense, the book was a little disappointing because it didn’t offer anything I hadn’t already gleaned from the movie.  One major difference I noticed was that the screenwriters change the famed line so that Dr. Lector eats his fava beans with Chianti, not the author’s choice of liquor.  I was disappointed that Harris hadn’t written more books, because he has a wonderful way of telling a story in an exciting and manageable way.  The book was just begging to become a movie, it had every element moviegoers have come to love.  The novel was really great, and I would recommend it to anyone particularly interested in the movie, with the caveat that the book won’t really offer anything more than the film due to the amazing adaptation.

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