Friday, April 29, 2011

Beware the Blood Moon

Red Riding Hood

Written by: Sarah Blakley-Cartwright based on a screenplay written by David Leslie Johnson.

Released: January 25, 2011 by Poppy

Summary: The blacksmith would marry her.
The woodcutter would run away with her.
The werewolf would turn her into one of its own.

Valerie's sister was beautiful, kind, and sweet. Now she is dead. Henry, the handsome son of the blacksmith, tries to console Valerie, but her wild heart beats fast for another: the outcast woodcutter, Peter, who offers Valerie another life far from home.

After her sister's violent death, Valerie's world begins to spiral out of control. For generations, the Wolf has been kept at bay with a monthly sacrifice. But now no one is safe. When an expert Wolf hunter arrives, the villagers learn that the creature lives among them--it could be anyone in town.

It soon becomes clear that Valerie is the only one who can hear the voice of the creature. The Wolf says she must surrender herself before the blood moon wanes...or everyone she loves will die.

Save your money and just go watch the movie on cheap night. Seriously, aside from a very few added scenes this is a verbal regurgitation of the script. Hell, even the description of the scenery was taken directly from the sets used. So as a novelization of a film it was pretty well done. As a book in general it was completely plagiarized.

And yet, I enjoyed reading this – aside from the fact that I stupidly had to go online to download (for free) the final chapter. But when you stop to think about it, as stupid as it was it was fairly smart in a business sense. It created publicity which would have brought in the film, which probably didn’t hinder ticket sales. I don’t think it would have helped with book sales, though. I know several people who didn’t buy the novel when they found out it wasn’t complete.

I find it hard to rate this book. It screams Catherine Hardwicke (even though she just wrote the introduction) and I love her films. I really got into the book and I loved the movie. So, I’m going to rate it the same as I did the film; 8/10. It does the film justice but that’s about it.

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