For those of you who follow my blog, you know I’m a fan of pretty much anything paranormal. My latest obsession is ABC’s 666 Park Avenue, a television series that’s part The Devil’s Advocate (my favorite movie), and part Rosemary’s Baby.
Okay, so there was clearly no way I wouldn’t love this show!
Even though 666 Park Avenue takes its title from a book written by Gabriella Pierce, I haven’t found the plot to be anything like the book. The series revolves around the residents of a building (technically 999 Park Avenue) and its mysterious owners, the Dorans.
From what we’ve seen so far, Gavin Doran (whom you Lost fans might recognize as Terry O’Quinn) is most definitely a paranormal type of villain…perhaps even the devil himself. He handpicks the residents of the building and makes devil’s bargains with them. In the very first scene of the premiere episode, we learn that he made a deal with one of the building’s residents, a violinist. The violinist received ten years at the top of his field, in exchange for (presumably) his soul. Gavin Doran calls the violinist to tell him his time is up, and when the violinist tries to flee the building, he’s sucked back inside, never to be seen again.
Even though Gavin Doran is clearly a villain of sorts, I can’t help but like his character the most off all. He’s charming, you see, utterly suave…and outwardly even kind. He admits when he’s wrong, and even when cashing in on his bargains, he remains the consummate gentlemen. Even though the series’ heroes are the new co-resident managers, Jane Van Veen and Henry Martin (at least, I think they’re the heroes), I’m far more intrigued by Gavin Doran. The villain has stolen the show.
Okay, since I love to know these things, do any of you have a beloved movie or book where the villain absolutely outshines the hero? Or maybe he’s got a hint of vulnerability and you just can’t help but fall for him? If so, please share.
Author of the Demons of Infernum Series