Hannibal for Dinner

Essays on America’s Favorite Cannibal on Television

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About the Book

NBC’s Hannibal only lasted for three seasons but became a critical darling and quickly inspired a ravenous fanbase. Bryan Fuller’s adaptation of Hannibal Lecter’s adventures created a new set of fans and a cult audience through its stunning visuals, playful characters, and mythical tableaus of violence that doubled as works of art. The show became a nexus point for viewers that explored consumption, queerness, beauty, crime, and the meaning of love through a lens of blood and gore.

Much like the show, this collection is a love letter to America’s favorite cannibal, celebrating the multiple ways that Hannibal expanded the mythology, food culture, fandom, artistic achievements, and religious symbolism of the work of Thomas Harris. Primarily focusing on Hannibal, this book combines interviews and academic essays that examine the franchise, its evolution, creatively bold risks, and the art of creating a TV show that consumed the hearts and minds of its audience.

About the Author(s)

Kyle A. Moody is an assistant professor of communications media at Fitchburg State University in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. He explores online communities, information sharing practices, user generated content in games and social media, and the convergence culture of information production.

Nicholas A. Yanes examines the entertainment industry as an academic and corporate consultant. As a freelance writer he has contributed to CNBCPrime, Casual Connect, GameSauce, Sequart, MGM’s Stargate Command, and ScifiPulse.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Kyle A. Moody and Nicholas A. Yanes
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6642-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4162-1
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“A deep rumination on a show I’m really proud of. For fans or new fans, these essays will make you think about what the show’s storytelling and representation really mean. Fannibals or even those new to Hannibal will find analysis and commentary that makes them think differently and more deeply about the show. A lot to savor here.”—Martha De Laurentiis, executive producer of Hannibal