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Shelves: retellings , disappointing-books , covers-i-love , should-have-loved-it-but-didn-t , reads , could-have-been-better Red Riding Hood, a tie-in novel to the movie of the same name, tries to be many things: a love story, a fairy tale, a mystery, and a thriller.
The trailer for the movie is beautiful and seductive -- but does the book hold that same allure? The movie trailer held the promises of danger, secrets, and seduction. Quite honestly, this book made me see red. I usually give novels about one hundred pages to grab me before I set Red Riding Hood, a tie-in novel to the movie of the same name, tries to be many things: a love story, a fairy tale, a mystery, and a thriller.
I usually give novels about one hundred pages to grab me before I set them to the side and promptly forget about them. After the page mark with this book, I was ready to give it up, but I was just so frustrated by it that I was stubbornly set to finish it and give it a slamming review. Not to mention the fact that the story is like the bastard child of The Village and Twilight with some splashes of the original Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale thrown in as allusions.
It all just made me so dang annoyed. As far as the writing itself goes -- everything about this book was inconsistent. Whether it be characterization, prose, writing style, or simple plot, none of it was at the same level throughout the entire novel. Sometimes I really liked the writing for its fairy tale-esque simplicity. If a script is a story laid to its barest bones to clock in under a time limit, then a novel has endless ground to expand upon said story.
The expansion here, however, was really quite underwhelming: too much tell and not enough show, too much lax hold with the pseudo-limited omniscient style, too many scenes that seemed ripped out of a script with only filler bits sprinkled around them. At best, it was a story with too little real emotion. At worst, it was an overlong read with next to no substance. I also really hated the heroine, Valerie. She was the most inconsistent character of the bunch.
Even Edward and Bella talked a bit before they admitted they were in love with each other. There was no build-up to the romance. Romantic tension! Heated kiss! Yawn, yawn, yawn. It seemed more like a cheap marketing ploy than anything else, produced to give more buzz for the movie among the young adult set of paranormal romance fans. I think this book would appeal to people who liked The Forest of Hands and Teeth, actually -- yet another young adult novel that seemed largely inspired by the movie The Village.
I can almost guarantee than any fan of the Twilight movies will flock to see the movie and then possibly read the book afterward or vice-versa. There was no passion, no heart, no true goal in mind for the story. What was I supposed to have learned?
That love lies? That scared group mentality will override morality any day? That villages in books and movies are doomed to be the center of dystopian and horror stories for centuries to come? I was not impressed, and I doubt others will be either. Then the ending is so shoddy and ambiguous that you will hate the book for it even if you liked the story before that point!
My verdict? Skip the book.
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