Thanks for your input.
I haven't seen the film, but it is of interest to us of course.
Fate is definitely something we need to discuss, I hope somebody will take the bait.
In the novel, Chigurh is not mentioned as unwilling to watch his victims die, he just seems to be totally unfeeling.
I agree that "gleeful" would characterize Lecter when committing a crime, whereas Chigurh remains impassive.
Now your idea about Lecter's charisma... Does he fascinate us more than Chigurh?
Or let's put it this way: Do you remember a French villain called Landru who killed many women after World War I (and was immortalized by Charlie Chaplin in "Monsieur Verdoux")?
When Landru was put behind bars, his adoring female fans went on writing love letters to him (this is fact, not Chaplin).
So my question is: if this was real life, would adoring fascinated women write to Lecter in jail? Would they write to Chigurh?
And why be sexist: would men write?
And about Anton Chigurh being a mythical character for you, can you explain?
And now, jcd: welcome to Booktalk!
Would you like to write an introduction to tell us a little about yourself, in the "Introduce yourself" threads?