Contributor’s spotlight: Samantha McLaren / TheMeatIsPeople
How did you become a Fannibal?
I shamefully avoided Hannibal entirely until the end of the second season, because I’m a big horror fan and remakes of iconic horror franchises tend to be… not so fresh. Eventually I succumbed and watched and episode on the recommendation of a trusted friend, and I was hooked. I ate up the first two seasons in a matter of days, and took to Tumblr to see if anyone else loved this weird, wonderful show as much as I did. Turns out, they did. And I never looked back.
What do you love about the Hannibal fandom?
Everything. I love the creativity, and the fact that it encouraged me to pursue new creative endeavors. I love the enthusiasm, and the generosity, and the impeccable sense of humor that runs throughout. But mostly, I love that it really is like a family to me.
When I arrived in New York last year knowing no one, the community here made a place for me. I’ve made friends in this fandom that I can no longer imagine life without, and I’m doing things I never imagined I would do. It’s beautiful.
How would you like to spend a day with Will Graham?
If I were a good friend, I’d hold an intervention for him… But in reality, we’d probably sit around drinking whisky, eating ice cream, and gossiping about what Hannibal is like in bed. Maybe we’d get drunk and I’d sketch him nude, who can say?