Even psychos get fan mail
I was enjoying Thanksgiving dinner with Katy King (she informed me last week that I should refer to her as the Princess Consort) and her family. A propos of nothing, Katy asks her sister, Sally, “Who was your favorite character in ‘Crashers?’”
Sally, who makes me laugh like no one else on Earth, says, “Hmm … Dennis?”
Are you old enough to know what I mean if I say, “Danny Thomas Spit-Take?” Katy and I both performed perfect spit-takes of champagne across the turkey and stuffing.
Dennis, of course, is the sociopathic villain of “Crashers.” No spoiler here; Dennis is revealed as the baddie in Chapter 1.
In the five months since the book was released, Sally is the first person to list Dennis as a fave character. He’s just such a sick, sick bastard. It’s fascinating to me which characters people cling to. For some, it’s Daria, the ex-pat Israeli spy. For some, it’s the über-cool politico Susan Tanaka. Ray Calabrese, the FBI Boy Scout, gets under some people’s skin.
But Dennis? Really?
I’m still thinking I should seek psychological help for even thinking up such a twisted sicko. Come to find out: He’s got a fan-base. Didn’t see that one coming.