My friend Shane once described the Universal Movie Monsters canon in its entirety while we waited for a bus.
I understood this much:
Universal Studios keeps resurrecting popular, public domain creatures that live in a shared film universe…or something.
They tried remaking The Mummy to jumpstart the franchise once again…and they FAILED.
We see the Universal Movie Monsters every Halloween and Witty and Sarcastic Bookclub used them to create a spooky book tag!
A book with a charismatic villain
I just rewatched The Golden Compass with Daniel Craig as Lord Asriel and Nicole Kidman as Mrs. Coulter.
Not only are they both SUPER HOT, but they’re INCREDIBLY charismatic both onscreen and on the page.
You’re right, Marisa, free will is bad!
Yeah, Lord Asriel, kill that kid! Destroy heaven!
The Invisible Man
A book that has more going on than meets the eye
There’s a Transformers joke in there somewhere…
So I am not an Emma Mills fan.
I expected her books to be fluff-fests.
Mills’ first YA book, First & Then, was…not what I expected.
I wasn’t ready for Foster’s abandonment issues.
Also, the love interest was a jock, a character type I normally see as a villain or false love interest.
A complicated character
I heart the tile character in Queenie is very complicated.
I probably won’t read this by the end of the year, but it’s on my radar now.
A book with a misunderstood character
Cracked Up to Be capitalizes on the late-2000s’ trend of Unlikeable Female Characters.
Courtney Summers SUCCEEDS in making Parker Fadley hard to like.
Parker is suffering from PTSD and depression, so her attitude is understandable.
Unfortunately, she uses the phrase “creamed herself” MORE THAN I WOULD LIKE.
The Bride of Frankenstein
A sequel you enjoyed more than the first book
The subsequent Harry Potter novels are FAR superior to the first one.
I reread the first Harry Potter book recently and I surprisingly didn’t like it!
I remember the other books, particularly the writing, being much, much better.
I should reread the third one. That’s one of my favorites.
Creature from the Black Lagoon
An incredibly unique book
Heather McElhatton wrote Pretty Little Mistakes as an adult Choose-Your-Own-Adventure novel.
I was fascinated by the concept. I still am.
I didn’t like the book, but great idea!
A book that wraps up nicely
I’ve never (to my knowledge) read Slaughterhouse Five, but I’ve heard the final line quoted everywhere.
Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt.
That’s it!! Those are the monsters!
I don’t know HOW IT’S ALREADY THE ELEVENTH OF HALLOWEEN, but I better catch up on spooky content!