Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
I came across the Swedish film, Let The Right One In, a couple of years ago or more and thoroughly enjoyed it. A much different take on the vampire story and an entertaining horror film. (I enjoy such films but not so much slasher films.) Sometime later I watched the American version, Let Me In, based on the book and the Swedish film and found it entertaining also though with less suspense since I knew most of the plot.
Somehow it never occurred to me that this was based on a book and when I did discover that a short time ago I was anxious to get that book. I could have waited or never read the book and been just as happy.
The beginning of the book was slow and it took quite some time before it began to speed up. It was also very convoluted at times and as the end of the book drew near I was ready for it to end. I finished it as I do some books, just because I’ve started it and want to see it to the end.
There were many differences between this book and most vampire books, especially Stoker’s classic, Dracula. Most of the differences are hardly an improvement on the classic vampire tale and one of the few positives about Lindqvist’s characters is that none of them glittered or sparkled. Other than that, I don’t have a lot of positive thoughts about this book; either film was much better.
The films were far more straightforward but were still suspenseful and had a good amount of horror without being melodramatic. They told a story of love, even if that love was quite young, bullying and revenge.
Lindqvist’s story is filled with more pedophilia than vampire horror and he even throws in a pedophilia monster, more concerned about molesting a child than killing them or drinking their blood.
Stories with pedophilia can be more than uncomfortable to read and some can be great literature. Note Lolita, and to a lesser extent, some of the works of Anne Rice. Lindqvist’s work isn’t great literature. Some of it is decent – but hardly great – monster mash, yet it’s greatest creepiness has to do with an adult wanting to be with a child.
Normally at some point in my reviews I’ll say READ THE BOOK! I will make no such suggestion but will leave that to do or not to do up to you. Just remember, Oskar and Eli are not a match made in heaven.
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