Friday, February 9, 2007

2007 Reading log, book 5/50: "Blood and Chocolate" by: Annette Curtis Klause

OMG, what can I say about this book? It's amazing. It's classed as a Young Adult novel, but it's so richly textured and just plain wonderful that I can't see any adult turning their nose up at it. It's a coming of age novel about a werewolf named Vivian. This is my current favorite book, and probably in my top five all time ever.

It just deeply resonated with me. To say what it's about without giving the plot away besides just saying it's a "coming of age" novel... It's about the struggle between one's light and dark side. It's about family and about the relationship between mother and daughter. It's about love and finding it in places you don't really expect.

It's about werewolves, but there is such a deep realism to so much of it that you easily forget that. Normally I read a vampire or werewolf book and it's a book that's just 'fun' but I don't take it seriously as great literature. This book I feel differently about. It stands, IMO as something deeply wonderful and "breaks out" of genre barriers to be just a fantastic story.

A movie has been made about it, but honestly I would just skip that. The movie is completely different from the book, not the same story. They've cut out the mother entirely, aged Vivian to in her twenties, took the story to another country and made her a trendy club hopper. And made the hero of the book the villain. They've basically cheapened every layer and nuance of the book by turning it into an all werewolf "Underworld." Do yourself a favor and read the book instead.

However, if not for the movie I never would have heard of the it, and never would have found it. So I'm grudgingly grateful that the movie got made, but deeply disappointed that the novel was so desecrated.

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Edie said...

My library has it and I'm reserving it. Thanks for the heads up!

spyscribbler said...

Wow, I'll have to check that out. Great title!

Zoe Winters said...

Cool Edie! You'll love it! Seriously it's wonderful and you'll probably end up buying it. Let me know what you think of it!

Spy, it really is a great title. Very evocative. Someone made some joke about calling it "blood and popcorn" on someone else's blog and I was like ewwwww lol. Blood and Popcorn sounds so gross, but Blood and Chocolate to me sounds somehow kind of sexy. lol. Let me know what you think of the book when you read it! :)