Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
There’s wisdom in leaving to your imagination the idea of what your favorite literary characters look like. But the people at The Composites blog decided that it was more fun to run the descriptions of some beloved characters through police composite-drawing software. The results are…mixed.
It is kind of fun, though. The roster includes figures such as Tom Ripley, from The Talented Mr. Ripley, Dr. Jeckyll (and Mr. Hyde), Sherlock Holmes, Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling, Julia from 1984, and a host, as they say, of others.
Overall I’m a little disturbed by these images. They don’t look real enough to be convincing, yet they’re unreal enough to pass for what the mind might come up with as it contemplates the features an author emphasizes in descriptions. Kind of spooky.
First prize to you if you can guess who that is above (without looking it up on the blog!). Here’s a clue: She’s from a classic American novel from the early ’60s.