Character Study – American Horror Story Edition

CHARACTER STUDY is my feature on the book characters some of my favourite actors have played.

I’m excited for the latest installment of the super creepy American Horror Story anthology which premieres on October 1st. The show is trippy and surreal, and sometimes horrifically absurd in its storylines, but I always manage to get sucked right in.


Jessica Lange should be crowned the Queen of Scene Stealing because she unfailing kills it even if she has a small role in a movie. I have adored all of her characters (most of them devious) in American Horror Story, as she has played them with incomparable elegance and style. There are to many amazing characters to mention, but here area few:

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981) – Cora Smith – Based on the novel of the same name by James M. Cain. This movie is infamous for a very long sex scene with Jessica and Jack Nicholson.

Losing Isaiah (1995) – Margaret Lewin – Based on the novel of the same name by Seth Margolis. I cried a lot during this movie.

The Vow (2012) – Rita Thornton – Based on the true story of Kim and Krickitt Carpenter and their book of the same name. Jessica’s one major scene is the movie brought me to tears.

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Although she didn’t join until Series 3 of AHS: Coven, I was thrilled when Kathy Bates joined the cast because she’s one of those actresses you can rely on for a really good, if not fun, performance. And that’s exactly what we got in Delphine, her despicable Louisiana socialite with a taste for torture and blood.

Misery (1990) – Annie Wilkes – Based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King

Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) – Evelyn Couch – Based on the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg

Revolutionary Road (2008) – Helen Givings – Based on the novel of the same name by Richard Yates

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Relatively unknown to me before AHS: Asylum, Sarah Paulson’s character always seem to be the most annoying, but I admire how her appearance transforms so dramatically, I’m often guessing if it’s still really her. In the upcoming, AHS: Freak Show, she’ll a play a character with two heads!

The Spirit (2008) – Ellen Dolan – Based on the comic book by Will Eisner

Game Change (2012) – Nicole Wallace – Based on the book of the same name by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann

12 Years A Slave (2013) – Mistress Mary Epps – Based on the book of the same name by Solomon Northup

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Playing Tina Turner in What’s Love Got To Do With It probably put Angela Bassett on my radar, but it was her portrayal of Mace, the buff bodyguard wrestling with her unrequited love for Ralph Fiennes in Strange Days that won my heart. In AHS:Coven, Angela is fierceness on legs as the high priestess of voodoo, Marie Laveau. I can’t wait to see who she plays in AHS: Freak Show!

Malcolm X (1992) – Betty Shabazz – Based on the book The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley

What’s Love Got To Do With It (1993) – Tina Turner – Based on the book I, Tina by Tina Turner and Kurt Loder

Waiting To Exhale (1995) – Bernie Harriss – Based on the novel of the same name by Terry McMillan

Have you read any of these books or seen the movie? Are you going to watch American Horror Story: Freak Show?


4 comments on “Character Study – American Horror Story Edition

  1. Cathy746books
    October 2, 2014

    What a great idea for a post! I still haven’t seen Season 3: Coven but I am tempted to skip it and go straight to Freak Show because the trailer looks so damn good!


    • ebookclassics
      October 2, 2014

      Coven was my least favourite. The characters were very interesting, but I thought the storyline went all over the place and then I stopped caring. Freak Show should be fun!


  2. Naomi
    October 2, 2014

    I have never heard of American Horror Story. What does this say about me? But, I love Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett in whatever they are in! Fun post!


    • ebookclassics
      October 2, 2014

      The show has always had a strong female cast. It often goes into bizarre freaky deaky storylines, but somehow the mood and tone seem to fit with this time of year when Fall arrives and Halloween is around the corner.


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