OK do not judge me but when I saw this book was based on the film from the same director of twilight, I like any other twihard was immediatly excited. Here I thought here was another Book/Film that would capture mine and every other teeneager girls hearts.
For months I watched the trailers that came out and only very near the release date did I find that there was also a book based on this film that had a great reputation even before it's release. I admit I was a bit cautious that this was the first book I have read that was based on a film and not the other way around as I always found that the book is better than film.
The different covers immediatly draw me in and look like any other book that I am attracted. In all honestly I think I was hoping for a book that was a cross between Twilight and The Brother's Grimm.
My first dissapointment was with the main aspect of the story as with the trailers I was expecting this to be book about a love traingle with a supernatural murder mystery in the background. Further in to the book it came aparant that the main plot of the story was the wolf murder's with little time spent on the love traingle. Which I was also found was not a traingle as one of the 'love interests' was no competition.
Although I was highly disspointed in the open ending I must say it is written very well with amazing descriptions of this medival town. It also has a very good story which I know has recently sparked the new phase of dark-like fairytales.
All in all I think the book is an ejoyable read but if tight on cash skip the book and watch the film as this gives you a better ending and more of a romance aspect between the main characters.
I am always on the lookout for a good book, so when my sister said she had been given the book I will now review as a present, then found out it was actually a film at the pictures too, she hurried through it so I could read it before we go to the pictures to watch it!
The book in question is - "Red riding hood - Sarah Blakley-Cartwright & David Leslie Johnson".
Valerie has a always been a bit different from everyone else, always feeling someone who is on the outside of things looking in, with her only really kindred spirit Peter being forced from the village as a child due to a terrible accident.
As life continues on in the village that Valerie lives there is one greater threat than her feeling disconnected from most others, and this is the wolf.
Valerie is he only person in the village who has ever seen the wolf, this is due to her really not wanting there family goat being used as the monthly sacrifice to the wolf, so after dark she went to rescue her pet from the wolf and came face to face with it, this in itself makes Valerie a little ostracised from the fellow villagers, as this village seems to be built on legends and superstitions, so any break from the norm makes her an ideal target when things start to go wrong.
After a very unusual lunar event that only happens every 14 years, making what is deemed as a "blood moon" the wolf seems to be wanting more than just goats or chickens bloods to satisfy it, and after a particularly gruesome murder the hunt is on.
Should the villagers encounter any difficulties finding the wolfs lair, or is it actually living among them?
I have to say I was expecting so much from this book. From the synopsis on the back this gave a real air of a classic werewolf book but with elements of the film "the village", with almost all daily life being set in the seclusion of the village, with any newcomers being viewed as potential threats.
The book is obviously hinted at being a period type book, though no year is ever mentioned, and with many of the traits of the people living there seeming to be quite modern feeling, so this did seem to make a bit more transcendent for a slightly wider appeal.
There is a little reference to the children's book this is called after, with there even being an excruciatingly cringe worthy moment with Valerie's rather eccentric grandmother, who lives alone in the woods being tested by Valerie to see if maybe she is actually the wolf, with a whole paragraph of Valerie exclaiming what "big eye's you have grandmother.....", this to me was needed, and make the book feel a little less serious and more comical from this point on.
This was I am afraid only an "ok" read, with me doubting very much whether I will even bother seeing the film on the strength of the book, but is a good book for a younger reader to start with into the genre of horror and supernatural.
The book (surprisingly!) has very little gore in it, but feels more like a thriller "who dunnit" type read, with the obligatory teenage angst of unrequited love as a back theme, this in fairness is a werewolf Twilight, wrapped up in a children's book overcoat, but unfortunately just doesn't pull it off!
Price wise this is available around the £5.00 mark, via www.amazon.co.uk.
This is an ok read, and as a said previously probably one as a starter book for a teenagers journey into this genre, but for me as a more battle weary horror fan, just not good enough.
Thanks for reading x
And there was me thinking my life was complicated...........
Red Riding Hood is the new dark gothic film from Leonardo Decaprio and Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke. This book is based on that film and is written by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright and David Leslie Johnson.
It cost's £6.99 and I bought it in WHsmith it is quite a short book only 329 pages and it does not reveal the ending of the film so I had to go and see it to find out what happens and I wasn't impressed I had too, so beware to actually know the whole film you would need to see it as the book doesn't say L., although this is I suppose a smart move by the film makers.
The front cover shows an dark almost eerie image from the film as well as telling me that the director of Twilight made the film as I found this in the teen section I can see why this was added. Being a children's/teen book ( I swear I'm not that old) it is written in a style which is very easy to read the font is quite large and there is no swearing etc.
It centres around Valerie who after her sisters death is spiralling out of control, then again living it a village hunted by a werewolf was never going to be easy, to add to that lucky Valerie has two men fighting over her a woodcutter Peter(hmm I remember him) and a local Blacksmith Henry(not so much). Soon though the monthly sacrifices aren't enough and now Valerie is wanted by the wolf for himself......but who is it????
Upon reading it (and seeing the movie) I cant help but think that the writer was trying to hard to copy the Twilight range, indeed it is dark and gloomy A LOT of the time but the resemblances were all too similar things seemed to alter in the movie. Although on a plus side the writing is good in terms that you are kept guessing about who the were-wolf really is. The writer conveys the feelings and interactions of characters well and although it is based on a film you do get a sense of backgrounds also, although I noticed that upon seeing the movie some things were left out if though they were not of a major impact to the film.
I don't really think that this book sticks to closely to the original film as some things are added and some are taken away, whether this was too attract audiences or not I don't know. I will admit that shockingly the film is A LOT better than the book I know that this is just a type of 'extra' to the film but I was honestly expecting more, as it was in the Teen section I was expecting a lot of angst film related content etc but it felt like nothing more than a kind of Twilight rip off, with no real connection to the film.
For £6.99 im not really going to complain I have read better and worst than this and I suppose it worked in the sense that I went and then saw the film.
Overall it was an average book and to be honest I would rather have just seen the movie as it was far more superior and a lot more than I was expecting, a good read if you like early teen books and not knowing the endings ;) I would therefore recommend watching the film instead.