Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Seasonally Creepy: October Media Picks

It’s the middle of the week—what have you got going on?

I am halfway through The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan. Let’s just say I’m not wowed. It’s supposed to be more literary than the young adult fantasy that’s currently outselling everything, and I guess it is—it reads like a comprehension essay—but I don’t consider the story to be very interesting. The plot revolves around the narrator (the literal last werewolf) approaching his impending death, but his voice is all snark and no wit, and at this point I’m ready to kill him myself. Another reviewer described the book as “if Bret Easton Ellis had written a book on werewolves,” and I say that’s a reasonable comparison, if you’re into that kind of thing. Also, this review makes the book sound interesting and good—don’t be fooled!

Sunday night JP and I watched Scream 4—just in time for Halloween! It’s entertaining yet not gory enough to make me vom, i.e. my perfect horror movie. Set 10 years after the initial trilogy, this movie emphasizes the “meta” ness of contemporary culture and creates “new rules of horror” to accommodate the massive media overhaul that’s taken place since 2001. Although I kind of felt clobbered over the head by the message—so many scenes of just texting!—I give it credit for being a neat idea.  Also, Hayden Panettiere is my new lady crush. She’s so cute!

On the television front, you need to watch Revenge. Now. It is the best guilty pleasure show. It comes on Wednesdays at 10 on ABC. It is trashy and great. Watch it and we will discuss.

This week’s post is seasonally creepy. What are you read/watching this time of year?

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