Thursday, November 03, 2011
I was two episodes into Luther 2 on BBC America-when it occurred to me that I had had my fill of serial killers.
Truthfully SKs are not a very interesting lot. Their back stories are always the same. Their little fetishisms, surprisingly alike. Candles, religious symbols, hair, stolen body parts, carved mementos.
Yet writers love to write them. And even more, TV shows love to do them.
Are they easy to write? Sexy? What is it about them that so attracts us? I blame Hannibal Lector for most of this. I do admit to liking the TV series Dexter, but that series is larger than the idea of a serial killer. Or I tell myself that.
Are you attracted to books/movies/TV about serial killers? Is there one that stands out for you?
Or do you think we should put this plot device to rest as we did with multiple personality disorders and various other plot conceits of the day? I've had it. Give me a serial killer I can love. I dare you.