Let The Right In

Gentle reader,

It’s 3am here, and today (yesterday, rather) I woke up sick as a dog and slept most of the afternoon, and now I can’t sleep, so I thought I’d write y’all a post. Hopefully it won’t sound like some cray-cray fever dream… I’ll be sure to proof read it again when I wake up! ^_~

So, as I’ve mentioned, I’ve been on a bit of a reading binge lately, largely since my craft projects have mostly been packed up. But, I’ve also just been super lucky to have such an awesome line up of books. I’m on a roll! I’ve already talked about Cold Mountain and True Grit, and I recently finished World War Z, which I’ll save for another post. Now I’m reading Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist.

Let The Right One In - Book Covers & Film Posters

I had seen the Swedish film adaptation of this novel a year or two ago and was completely amazed by it. I’d looked for the book a few times but ended up putting it back because of the somewhat unappealing cover of the Australian edition. I know, you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover… but books are so expensive here that I usually jump on any excuse not to spend (if only I were such a thrifty-nickel in other areas…). Usually it’s in the “Paranormal” section of the bookstore and is surrounded by a bunch of tween-y paranormal romance stuff, but don’t let that or the cover put you off (though other editions seem to have awesome covers).

Also, I didn’t realize that the “Paranormal” section was a thing until recently; I thought this stuff would be either in the “Horror” or “Sci-Fi/Fantasty” sections. For some reason it made me feel old… But I digress.

Then, recently, my inestimable friend, Marelle, borrowed it from the library and thought it was such an neat read that on one of our Sundays at work she dashed down to the book store and bought me a copy (friends who buy you books? BEST. EVER. Keep them around, y’all!). I’m about three quarters of the way through, and I have to say, I don’t even need to finish it to be able to recommend this book to you.

If you love a book that is beautiful and dark, and uncomfortable in all the right ways, or you’re looking for the vampire antithesis of Twilight, then definitely put this on your reading list. Lindqvist manages to cram a whole bunch of characters into the novel, but he weaves them all together just so, and it never feels crowded, with each character given a distinct personality and internal narrative no matter how briefly they appear. The two main characters, Oskar and Eli are exceptionally written, and they counterpoint each other in quite a profound way, and if you’ve ever been an outcast they will resonate with you on some level.

I’m also really keen to see the American film adaptation, Let Me In, because it’s been quite well received too, and I think Chloe Moretz is a crazy good actress (Did you see her in Kick-Ass? Oy.). I’ll wait ’til I’ve finished the book though.

Also, are you on GoodReads.com? Do you like it? Enjoy it? I’ve just joined there and have found it quite useful to figure out what to add to my reading list. Feel free to befriend me there!

I do apologize sincerely that my posts haven’t been too crafty lately. My creative endeavors have come to a screeching halt, what with this whole packing and moving caper. But, I assure you that I have barrels of fun planned once I’m in my new house, including videos and interviews with some of my crafty friends and all sorts of things… (maybe some giveaways…? Ooooh!).

In the mean time, my posts will be a bit less craft related, I guess, but I hope you find them fun and interesting anyway. Just bear with me for a bit. We’ll have fun anyway, ‘kay? Great!

– R

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6 thoughts on “Let The Right In

  1. Moving makes craftiness pretty much impossible! We’ve been in our new place 2 months and we are only just getting back into the rhythm of making things now. I love hearing about what people are reading. I haven’t been reading much at all in recent years and I really want to change that and get back into the habit. There is nothing better than snuggling down with a good book. I only wish I had more hands and maybe an extra eye, so that I could crochet and read at the same time…

    Katie x

    • I know! I know of people who can knit or crochet and read at the same time. In my years of crocheting, I’ve never managed that. I’ve gotten crochet and watching DVDs down which I guess is on the way.

      How’s Jane Eyre going? ^_^

      • Sorry for the slow reply! I am not nearly clever enough to crochet and read at the same time, haha! Finished Jane Eyre a few weeks ago and loved it! Though haven’t had a chance to pick up another book since… Sigh.

        • I haven’t started anything since I finished Let The Right One In; all my books have been packed. I just unpacked them the other day, so there’s hope for the near future. ^_~

  2. I have been on goodreads for a while now and just sent you a friend request. I loved Let the Right One In – so haunting in that Swedish landscape and it stayed with me for days. I thought the characterisation and the subtleties of the cinematography made it such a beautiful film – and the gory parts were contextual within the plot rather than just graphic for the sake of horror. I haven’t seen the American version and I’m fairly certain that the nuances are replaced by underlined obvious scenes – but I’ll stand corrected on that point if they’ve gone against the mainstream! I haven’t read the book as yet – and didn’t realise that there was a paranormal section in bookshops either – which is weird considering how I love trawling through them.
    Don’t apologise for non-crafty posts. Film & book talk are soul-food too!!

    • From all accounts that I’ve read, the American adaptation eschews the usual pitfalls and dumbing-down of most English-language remakes, and was quite well received by critics and, more importantly perhaps, by John Ajvide Lindqvist himself, so, I have high hopes that the film will be worth the watch. ^_^

      I’ve always loved horror films, but this emerging tradition of torture-porn is not really my thing. It was shocking and original with the first Saw film, but after that it just became gore for gore’s sake. It takes a lot more talent to build a terrifying atmosphere without gore, and only showing the blood and guts when the context calls for it, which I thought the Swedish film does so deftly.

      I suppose the Paranormal section has arisen from Twilight and True Blood and the like. To me it just makes things more difficult to find. If I’m looking for a vampire or zombie book, is it in Paranormal or Horror? It seems vampires are paranormal and zombies are horror. Go fig!

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