These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Red Dragon
Alas, Poor Scrappy: Freddy Lounds is a (intentionally) completely unlikable character, but he certainly didn't deserve to be set on fire by Dolarhyde.
The recording of Lounds forced to deliver Dollarhyde's message is the point where the investigators realize that they've been underestimating their unsub. Tooth Fairy? Who's that?
Lounds: I have had a great privilege. I have seen with... wonder and awe the strength of the Great Red Dragon. He has helped me to understand his splendor... and now I want to serve him. He knows you made me lie, Will Graham. Because I was forced to lie... he will be more merciful to me than to you.
Broken Base: Manhunter (1986) vs Red Dragon (2002); which is better?
Harsher in Hindsight: Watching Lound's in the 2002 version dying becomes a lot harsher when his actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman died.
Magnificent Bastard: If anyone can be considered one, it's Lecter. He only appears in one chapter as well but his presence is felt throughout the entire book as he still manages to fuck with Will's and Crawford's minds.