If you ever catch yourself thinking that your fanfic premise is too stupid to actually write, remember: Thomas Harris, author of The Silence of the Lambs, recipient of multiple prestigious literary awards both American and international, and widely regarded as one of the finest suspense writers of his generation, once wrote a book about sexy teenage Hannibal Lecter killing Nazis with a katana.

The resulting film adaptation made eighty million dollars.

This is your standard for comparison. Now: is your idea really that stupid?

Between ministrations to Starling, he sits in his armchair with a big pad of butcher paper doing calculations. The pages are filled with the symbols both of astrophysics and particle physics. There are repeated efforts with the symbols of string theory. The few mathematicians who could follow him might say his equations begin brilliantly and then decline, doomed by wishful thinking: Dr Lecter wants time to reverse no longer should increasing entropy mark the direction of time. He wants increasing order to point the way. He wants Mischa’s baby teeth back out of the stool pit. Behind his fevered calculations is the desperate wish to make a place for Mischa in the world, perhaps the place now occupied by Clarice Starling.

Hannibal as Told By People Who've Seen the Show
  • Regular people:Wow, this show is really weird and dark but it's really cool and different, I want to keep watching it.
  • Art lovers:The cinematography is perfect GIVE ME MORE.
  • Drama lovers:THE ACTING GJSBFWEBFAKJEF
  • Music lovers:It sounds like someone through a xylophone down the stairs one scene and had a master play the next but I still want to hear more.
  • Fellow writers:THE STORY TELLING THE STORY TELLING TH-
  • People who like hot people:TJHRBFKEJBFKEJRB
  • Purists from the original content:Different, but good!
  • Fannibals:I CANT EVEN- THIS SHOW- IT'S RUINED MY LIFE- OH GOD LOOK AT- IT'S SO PERFECT
  • High profile critics:15/10 would watch again.
  • NBC:We're cancelling Hannibal.
  • Everyone:
  • Everyone:What the fuck.