1Keeping in mind that "average" is a misnomer at best. What I mean is people for whom this is the closest to horror they like to get, which includes the girl who got me into it in the first place. (Hi Gothie! *waves*)
( Spoilers, Y'all! )
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When the young, handsome Dorian Gray meets Lord Henry Wotton, he adopts a philosophy of constant pleasure and style, and a life of hedonism and excess. But he also makes a terrible oath involving a stunning portrait done by the painter Basil Hallward, an oath that costs him his humanity and ultimately his life. Before vampires arrived in popular culture to make immortal damnation sexy, there was Dorian Gray and his cursed portrait.
( So you think that it is only God who sees the soul, Basil? Draw that curtain back, and you will see mine. )
The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
Nobody Owens is orphaned as an infant, and the residents - meaning dead folks - of a nearby graveyard take him in and care for him. You've heard the phrase "it takes a village to raise a child" - in this story, it takes a graveyard. But of course, there's a reason that Nobody's family was killed, and the man who did the deed knows his work isn't finished yet. Now a Newbury Winner for children's literature.
( The dead should have charity. )
Battle Royale, Koushun Takami
Anyone who's been following my Halloween Candy comm lately knows the basic plot of this story: in the not-so-distant future in the Republic of Greater East Asia, a horrible rite of passage is placed on the nations youth: to be unwillingly taken to a remote island, armed to the teeth, and forced to kill each other over a period of 24 hours. If anyone tries to escape, that person dies. If they try to remove the electronic collars around their necks, they die. If there's more than one survivor after the 24 hours are up, they all die. Why? Read on to find out.
( We won't stop till we win. )
Hunted, P.C. and Kristin Cast
The fifth book in the House of Night series, Hunted is the one that finally reaches the real plot. It's easy to be hooked by the premise - a Vampyre finishing school that's part coven lair, part Hogwarts, and part ancient pagan community - but this is where the story really gets rolling. Neferet, the High Priestess and leader of the school, has turned to the dark side by summoning an ancient evil: the fallen angel Kalona, a demonic and enthralling being that was once held captive by a tribe of Native American wise women called the Ghigua. And now, not only is he back to start a reign of darkness with Neferet at his side, but he wants our narrator, Zoey Redbird, to join him as his consort. So it's up to Zoey and her talented friends to stop him.
( I'm seventeen! I can't save the world--I can't even parallel park! )
QUEEN OF THE
Inspired by Cleolinda's "Movies in Fifteen Minutes"
Author's Note: I'd like to preface this by saying that, while scandalized by how poorly (oh, so poorly) this adaptation went, I was thoroughly and consistently entertained by this movie. I had hoped to be distracted enough by the eye-candy that whatever egregious changes were made to the story, I wouldn't mind too much. Yeah, that didn't happen. So I felt I had no choice but to snark the hell out of it, and perhaps earn some laughs at the filmmakers' expense.
My problems with it in a nutshell: No Louis, No Twins, No Gabrielle. Oh, there a couple of thrown-in-because-we-had-to bits to explain who exactly the titular Queen is and why she has a jones for Lestat (although, to be fair, every one in this series has a jones for Lestat), and to reestablish the Rules of Vampirehood in case any one didn't watch the other movie, but it's all horribly cobbled together and not in the least bit accurate. The thing that really, really bugs me is that most of the stuff that was cut/changed seems to have been erased solely for gay and/or incestuous overtones. And that's pretty much the only reason. I don't really miss the incest, to be fair, but honestly.
Disclaimer: This is NOT fanfiction; it's a recap of a movie based on a book (sort of) but written in such a way as to poke fun at both.
I'm trying my hand here at putting together a little fanfic community - Ghosts, Glitter and Gore It's for Twilight fanfic, but not the romance/drama/angst kind. Since dark fantasy and horror is what I write, and what I like to read, I have to assume that there are others in the fandom who feel the same way. So I'm trying to gather them here. Still hacking my way through the format, though, and I'm not sure how to get people's attention, but I'll figure something out. I'll start by posting the Jasper fic that's on my FF.net page, at least the first couple of chapters, and see how that goes.
Wish me luck - and please comment!