A smile crept along Hannibal's lips as he listened to Maggie speak about her view of his movie. He felt a fondness for her growing in him. He enjoyed the way that she spoke and the way that she saw the film.
"Oh, no, Ms Garcia, I agree with your estimations completely. There is much more going on in those movies than people realize. The issue is that there is even more happening within the pages of the books. Things that the general public did not agree on, it didn't test well, so it was changed.
"In Hannibal, the end is Clarice and I together. Summing up the underlying love story that runs through all of them aside from Red Dragon. This is where the divergence comes in that I dislike. Where, in the film, I supposedly cut off my own hand to save her. Send her on her way, and make my escape. I can promise you, this does not fit with the story. I keep touching on it, which is likely to begin to sound dull to your ears, and I apologize. It sticks in my craw, as they say. I feel that the book's ending was better, not just because there's a happily ever after, but because it's far creepier to imagine the upright FBI agent arm in arm with the cannibal doctor, going to the theater, seen by the ex-orderly."
He gave a little shrug. "But I do love my stories to be complex."