Is Joe Goldberg From Netflix’s ‘You’ Based on Ted Bundy?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Is Joe Goldberg From Netflix’s ‘You’ Based on Ted Bundy?

Joe Goldberg from Netflix’s You might be probably the most well-known fictional serial killer of the 2010s. Prior to the premiere of the collection, Joe existed solely as a literary character from Caroline Kepnes’ novels You and Hidden Bodies. Though Joe does many heinous issues over the course of the You franchise, some followers root for him. Some have even fallen in love with Joe.

Joe’s crimes, unlikely fan base, and connection to Netflix triggered commenters to attract comparisons between him and a real-life serial killer: Ted Bundy. Around the identical time You premiered, Netflix launched each a movie and a docuseries about Bundy. This raises a query: Was Joe in any method based mostly on Bundy?

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What the writer of ‘You’ and others mentioned about Ted Bundy

Joe and Bundy are comparable in sure methods. They are each charismatic on the skin and wicked on the within. Many followers even really feel that Penn Badgley, the actor who performs Joe, bears a big bodily resemblance to Bundy.

Kepnes advised W she didn’t base Joe on Bundy. She mentioned doing so can be “perverse.” She drew a distinction between Joe and Bundy, saying “Joe is fiction. I feel like that’s where—especially living with social media and so many images, it starts to feel like nothing is real. But Ted Bundy is a real person who killed real people—girls, whose families lost them.”

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However, jut as a result of Joe wasn’t based mostly on Bundy doesn’t imply there aren’t any resemblances between them. According to Cosmopolitan UK, psychologist Lee Frost-Facchini sees parallels between individuals who fall in love with Joe and individuals who fall in love with Bundy. “Virtually every serial killer, including Ted Bundy, Charles Manson, and David Berkowitz, have received love letters from large numbers of female fans. Add to this the captivating illusion that their typically feminine qualities will eventually diffuse the man’s aggression to the point that he’ll come to reveal his ‘inner mushiness’ (the norm in romance-fiction plots) and you have a recipe for real-life disaster. It’s also possible that experiences with ‘alpha males’ in the past leads some women to want to correct negative experiences.”

Who or what impressed Joe Goldberg?

Kepnes advised Book & Film Globe she as a substitute discovered inspiration for Joe in different fictional characters. Many followers have seen similarities between Joe and Patrick Bateman, the title character of Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho. Kepnes confirms she was partially impressed by the ebook and she or he needed to duplicate its “feeling” when she wrote You. Like You, American Psycho depends closely on a serial killer’s inside monologue to intrigue audiences.

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A trailer for Netflix’s You

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Arnold Friend, the killer from Joyce Carol Oates’ quick story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” was additionally an affect on Joe. Kepnes was influenced by the story’s theme of “the dangers of craving attention.” Interestingly, Oates is briefly talked about in an episode of You.

Hannibal Lecter from The Silence of the Lambs was additionally an inspiration for Joe. Hannibal famously mentioned individuals covet what they see on daily basis. This impressed Kepnes to have Joe construct his life round Guinevere Beck, the lady he obsesses over. While Joe isn’t based mostly on actual serial killers like Bundy, he owes quite a bit to his fictional friends.

Also see: ‘You’: Mental Health Experts Say Penn Badgley’s Joe Is Not a Psychopath

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