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I spent yesterday feeling miserable and mildly ill, and had so little sleep last night that I heard far too many plays on Radio 7 (though I did not listen to Treasure Island which I have always disliked.) I got up this morning feeling tired and miserable and little inclined to even look at the Internet, let alone make a post.

A couple of days ago, I did a search on Amazon to see if the fabulous Swedish series Wallander (being repeated on the BBC at the moment)had been released on DVD. (It has, but the prices are too horrendous to contemplate.)

The result, this morning, was an e-mail saying "You looked at a Swedish DVD and therefore we think you will be interested in these..." one of which, as I bet some of you guessed, was Let the Right One In in which I was disappointed enough to sort-of liveblog in my last post.

The result of this is that I have left my first review on Amazon for years. Anger will do it every time.

I feel much better now!

Incidentally, while the reviews on Amazon are overwhelmingly favourable, those people who didn't like it, didn't like it for the same reasons as I didn't like it, which was gratifying.
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If you want to see a movie about lonely childhood angst - which is what this is - then it should be sold as one.

I was of the impression that it is sold as a movie about lonely childhood angst (+ vampires of course).

I would recommend that you read the book the movie was based on, but I think you are probably going to be disinclined to do so based on your experience of the movie. But nevertheless, I should point out that unlike the movie which devotes most of its running time to the relationship between Eli and Oskar, the book explains the media reaction to the discovered bodies, the reaction by the police, fleshes out the various characters, explains what the deal is with the man Eli lives with and explains why Eli has a scar instead of genitals.

I don't generally read horror novels. Not my thing. I have no doubt that, on its own terms, it's a good book, as a number of people who agreed with me about the movie say the book was much better.

However, a movie has to be judged as a movie. Sure, if you're familiar with a book/TV series/actual history you may quarrel with the screenwriter's choice of what to leave in or take out, but the movie has to work on its own terms.

I don't think this does. (Neither, as it happens, does Ina - for once we are in complete agreement about a movie, and that doesn't happen that often. It does mean that in this case our copy is likely to end up at a boot sale.)


I don't generally read horror novels. Not my thing.

I'm not sure that I do either. (Though actually now I come to think of it I remember Segei Lukyanenko's "Night Watch" books being in the horror section - so perhaps I do.) Rather like the movie, it's only really horror in the sense that there's a vampire in it (or so it seems to me).

However, a movie has to be judged as a movie.

Oh, I wasn't suggesting that you'd change your mind about the movie. I just felt like recommending the book because it's a good book. (I saw the movie first while Nonsecateur read the book first.)

I keep meaning to write some reviews on Amazon. I actually take notice of other people's reviews, so it would be like putting something back.

A minor hobby of mine is finding something that is very well-regarded, and trying to find the nuttiest negative review. If I get around to it sometime, I'll put some of the better ones up on LJ.

I've only written about five reviews, and the other four(ish) are for books I adore (Zelazny's Amber, Terry Dowling's Blue Tyson books and Peter David's collection of comic book industry essays, But I Digress) but which, at that point, didn't have reviews.

I do have a tendency to rate recommended stuff that I don't own but loathe as one star in an attempt to stop Amazon putting them on my rec list. It works a lot better than "Not interested."

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