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Let the Right One Inby John Ajvide Lindqvist
This is one of the best vampire novels since Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire. Although the author wrote the screenplay, too, there's still a lot that didn't find its way into the film. If you read one bloodsucking book this year make sure it's the right one!
This book is not only creepy but also much more violent than the film. The film plays up the romance between the two little kids, which is kind of downplayed in the book. What makes the book so disturbing is the fact that this little girl is a bloodsucking fiend whose childlike innocence is being taken advantage of by her elder male companion. To say their relationship is inappropriate would be an understatement.
I love the Swedish film for this novel, but there are a few scenes in the book that are absolutely terrifying! Additionally, the strange androgynous relationship between Eli and Oskar is more fully developed in the novel, which is also fascinating! I highly encourage you to read this excellent book.
This book is a reminder that good and evil are choices we can all make. What neither film adaptation of this novel truly captures is the overwhelming creepiness of all the characters. From a young boy's fantasies about murder and revenge to the horrors of neglect and poverty, Let the Right One In will take care of the heebies and the jeebies and throw in some mayhem and gore for the fun of it.
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Let the Right One In Takes Top Honors at Tribeca Film Festival!
It is autumn 1981 when the inconceivable comes to Blackeberg, a suburb in Sweden. The body of a teenage boy is found, emptied of blood, the murder rumored to be part of a ritual killing. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last — revenge for the bullying he endures at school, day after day.
But the murder is not the most important thing on his mind. A new girl has moved in next door — a girl who has never seen a Rubik's Cube before, but who can solve it at once. There is something wrong with her, though, something odd. And she only comes out at night.... Sweeping top honors at film festivals all over the globe, director Tomas Alfredsson's film of Let the Right One In has received the same kind of spectacular raves that have been lavished on the book. American readers of vampire fiction will be thrilled!
“It's easy to compare Lindqvist to Clive Barker and Neil Gaiman.” Dagens Næringsliv (Norway)
“Sweden's Stephen King...a classic tale of horror.” Tucson Citizen
“A brilliant take on the vampire myth, and a roaring good story.” Kelley Armstrong, bestselling author of Haunted
"Absolutely chilling. This page-turner grabs you from the onset and just won't let go. Vampires at their Anne Ricean best!" L. A. Banks, author of Bite the Bullet and the Vampire Huntress series
About the Author
John Ajvide Lindqvist is a Swedish author who grew up in Blackeberg, the setting for Let the Right One In. Wanting to become something awful and fantastic, he first became a conjurer, and then was a stand-up comedian for twelve years. He has also written for Swedish television.
Let the Right One In was a bestseller in Sweden and was named Best Novel in Translation 2005 in Norway. Having written what is clearly a classic in the making, Lindqvist has burst upon the scene an instant star. Let the Right One In is his first novel.
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