Saturday, October 1, 2011

Let the Right One In

One of my English seminars this semester is "Vampire Narratives." It's really interesting; we're studying everything from Dracula and Nosferatu to Twilight and True Blood. I've never been all that big on the vampire genre explosion, particularly not when it comes to Stephanie Meyer creations. One vampire movie that I really like, however, is Let the Right One In. It's Swedish, and based on a book of the same title. I already own the movie, but in the interest of a potential paper for my class, I read the book and watched the American remake, Let Me In.

So here's my recommendation: Watch the Swedish, original version of the movie; read the book (it's long but worth it, and a fairly easy read); skip the American remake.

You don't have to be a huge vampire fan to enjoy this story. It's mainly about a young boy who is bullied in school, and then befriends a young girl who turns out to be a vampire. Be warned, however, that the book delves much deeper than the movie into some heavy topics such as pedophilia. The Swedish movie was a great, faithful adaptation of the book and has a great mood. The American remake was basically unnecessary, in my opinion. You can check it out and form your own opinion, of course, but definitely make sure you check out the book and original movie first. You'll thank me later.

Has anyone else seen the movies/read the book?


  1. thank you for the tip,it really seems an american version downgrades the original.

    xxx love P&C

  2. I haven't read the book or watched the movie..but i dooo lov vampire stories!

  3. Yeah, I definitely agree. It wasn't entirely a shot-for-shot copy, which I was afraid of, but the things the American movie added/left out seemed to take away from the story rather than add to it.

  4. Feel What's Real: Definitely check it out! I think both versions are on Netflix, and it's a really interesting spin on the vampire genre.