Im looking forward to reading this. I saw the film last night and I have ALOT of unanswered questions.
"Let the Right One In" is an unforgettable story. A truly unique face of how one brilliant mind breathes life into vampires in light of modern society, its people and their struggles. A great blend of powerful imagery, believable dialogues, and a one-of-a-kind relationship that is profound yet innocent and honest. One of my favorite books to date. I recommend you read it and enjoy it immensely.
I haven't seen the film yet, but I found out immediately after finishing the book more than a year ago that the story was already adapted in film in Sweden, JAL's mother country. From then on, I prayed the story would be adapted in the US so I could watch it. I hope the film could reach this part of the globe :D
I'm in the very same boat as you, I really loved the movie and i know that the book will still have alot of greatness that they had to leave out of the film.
I just finished the book. I really loved it. I saw the movie first, didn't realize it was adapted from a book. I had to read it because of all the unanswered questions I had also. And most of the questions were answered, so i highly recommend the book.
The movie does have a subtitle version available. But an american film company has already bought the rights to make an american film, but I am afraid they will ruin it like they do most foreign films they attempt to remake. I love how closely the book and movie followed the same story line
The book will answer most of any questions you might have, and it takes the movies a step to two farther.
I think you will find that most of the questions from the movie will be answered by reading the book. But there is plenty of good stuff that wasn't in the movie at all. I should mention that the book is a little bit creepier too.
When I first saw the movie, I adored it. After reading the book, I still have love for it, but it just isn't the same. So many CRUCIAL events are left out completely, and there really is no room in the film for Eli's story, or Hakan's.
I think you will be pleasantly surprised with the novel, and all of your questions will be answered. However, I still have questions after reading it, because the events that are left out are so relevant to the book that you will be asking, "Why didn't they put this in the film?"
To give some credit, the film-makers did try to get most of the points across inside the short time period of the film, to a degree. They used more visual techniques to show who she is and what her life is like as well as they could. That being said, I really don't think ANY film remake would do it justice unless it was of a longer length. One and a half hours doesn't really leave much room to tell the story, so I'd definitely be willing to sit through a 3 hour version as long as it was true to the novel.
Outstanding film, the best Sweden have produced in many years. The film is actually equally excellent as the book which is rare.
If anyone doens't know this already there is a plan to make another version of the book in the US, so lets hope they get some of the points missed in the 1st one.
But the director they gave it to it awful in my opinion! Clover Field was just terrible. He said that they didn't do a good enough job the first time, which is an insult to the writer, as he helped with the making of the first film. I thought it was wonderfully executed the first time and that they are making a mistake letting it get re make, especially in the US. I live there and I think that foreign films are always so much better.
I actually thought Cloverfield was pretty fun...
That's not to say that I'm very optimistic about the remake. I'm troubled about statements being made to the effect of "we're going to make it more accessible", which frankly seems like it means they're going to tone down or alter Eli's backstory.
Making it more accessible is code for dumbing it down.
I feel rather touchy about the remake. The first movie, as much as was left out, was still brilliant and daring. I feel as if an American remake *shudder* might just appeal to the "Twilighters" and then it won't be special anymore.
Whenever a book I love so dearly is made into a movie, I get an anxiety attack. The American film industry has a habit of not translating the heart of the book over onto film. If I had it my way, of course, I'd have Mr. Lindqvist have some say in the script. I feel that is the only way the book will have justice.
Like the rest I've had some great hesitance about the American remake, but having recently seen the trailer (I know, trailers can lie) I'm more excited for it. I plan on seeing it whether it is a flop or not because I need to judge it. There is also the fact that I enjoyed Cloverfield.
But, the director states this is not a remake of the film but an adaptation of the book, and he only accepted the position after having read the book and being enthralled by it. He also fought to keep the characters ages (people wanted to raise their ages, thereby making them more proper for the twihards) because he knew that the innocence was important. I think that shows more than anything how hard he is trying to stay to the book, even if it needs to be "dulled down" so that people can tolerate it.
I'm hoping it will still be a great movie that will draw more in the US to read the book to discover the true magic Lindqvist made.
Just bought the book, halfway thru already...seems great so far.
I decided to take the time and read the book after I saw the movie. I am very glad I did. The Eli fans out there will appreciate the extra background which adds a whole new dimension to understanding the relationship between the two adolescence.
In your opinion, does Eli really like Oskar, or is it just her plan for him to be Hakan's replacement? I found it really hard to reach a definite conclusion at times, but in the end, I let the romantic in me decide she really wanted his friendship.
I believe she really wanted his friendship and never even questioned it. I don't think she thought that Hakan would be caught, at least not so suddenly. She hasn't planned on it. Also, it'd be quite unintelligent of her to find a replacement in a small child who couldn't help her out like she needed. She picked Hakan for a reason - he could do the dirty work both in being stronger and having a strong drive to do it for Eli - but Oskar couldn't do that no matter how much he wanted to.
I think it doesn't take a romantic to decide she wants friendship. ;-) Even vampires get lonely in all their 200 years?
Honestly, I think she truly did want his friendship. She seemed to be cool and distant even upon first meeting Hakan. With Oskar, she seems to have this curious attachment to him.
In the movie version it is harder to tell except in the final scene when Oskar looks at her and she smiles to him. In the book it is more obvious that what they have transcends normal love into something different. Also Eli is somehow attracted to these darker sided people. Oskar has all the makings of a serial killer and Hakan was a pedophile. The American movie is where it looks like she is looking for a replacement since they made it that she met Hakan as a child. In the book and Swedish movie, she is using Hakan and not really that nice to him. Oskar becomes more of a true friend.
Personally I think Oskar is just the new Håkan. She'll use him until he grows old and then find someone else.
I think Eli is shocked by how much she likes Oskar. I do believe it is a real, deep friendship...she never led Hakan on, was very real about what she wanted him for. They served each other's needs...
I feel like Eli really wanted a friend, at least by the end. At first Eli was distant and it seemed Oskar was an object of curiosity for Eli but over time Eli began to remember a human part that had been buried and really developed feelings that went much deeper than love or normal friendship.
I never once thought that Oskar was supposed to be a replacement for Hakan. Not sure why but it really never entered my mind while I was reading it.
Loved the book. First fell in love with the strange, other worldly film, until I discovered that the book would fill me in on the questions I had in my mind, and the intense hunger for more of these characters and their stories. :)
Is this book good? I need a book to read and I saw this somewhere and read the back. I just want to make sure before reading it.
Disturbing in a sick sort of way. Slow-paced. Could have been written by someone for a high school creative writing class. Extra credit.
What a subtly elitist way of saying that a book is too simple for your advanced tastes. I disagree with you, good sir.
I loved this book and I want to ask, Is there a book following this one? A sequel, if so what's the name of it? Thanks, Sarah