You have been warned.
Continue at your own risk.
You may recall me writing a blog post on "Evil" Characters and now I will add another to the collection of TV-inspired character tips. I'll start with Penny Dreadful since I'm positively obsessed with the show. I mean, it combines Eva Green, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Dracula by Bram Stoker, and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, places them in Victorian London, and has them all interact together.
The first season of the show had beautiful character portraits that had the tagline: "there is some thing within us all." The whole concept of the show, apart from its literary roots, is that humans are as monstrous, if not more so, than the monsters we all know from books, plays, movies, and TV. And, as you watch the show, you'll very quickly learn that while there are some "villains" and maybe one or two "heroes," almost everyone is an anti-hero with enough sins to paint the walls of Sir Malcolm Murray's London home with blood—something like this actually happens in Season 2.
For the sake of efficiency, though, I'll only be talking about the 5 characters shown above: Vanessa Ives played by Eva Green (center), Ethan Chandler played by Josh Hartnett (front right), Sir Malcolm Murray played by Timothy Dalton (front left)—who are all original characters (although Sir Malcolm is tied to Mina from Dracula)—Victor Frankenstein played by Harry Treadaway (back right), and Dorian Gray played by Reeve Carney (back left). The last two are obviously from books, and are in fact, the titular characters of their respective novels.
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