Day 03 – Your favorite series
The Ripliad by Patricia Highsmith. It comprises of five novels The Talented Mr Ripley (1955), Ripley Under Ground (1970), Ripley’s Game (1974) The Boy Who Followed Ripley (1980) and Ripley Under Water (1991).
I picked up Highsmith’s books one by one from my local library as a teenager. It was completely by chance. Look at the cover, look at the blurb. Scan through and I hit home. I read about Tom and Italy. Tom Ripley was the first anti-hero that I genuinely liked. Roger Ebert describes Ripley as “charming, literate, and a monster”. He was amoral and urbane. It was really the perfect combination. I wouldn’t reduce these novels to that awful genre “crime”, rather they are pyschological thrillers (which are my favourite film genre). To top it off, it was set on the Continent. Perfect.
The photo is of Alain Delon from Plein Soleil directed by René Clément in 1960.