This week I saw the movie “The Cabin in the Woods” at the dollar theatre and I loved it. It’s a horror film about 5 college students who stay at a cabin over the weekend to party. Does the plot sound familiar? It probably does. You’ve probably seen countless horror films with the same plot. But the movie takes a few unexpected plot twists that would make M. Night Shyamalan salivate with jealousy. The other question you’re probably asking is, why is The Book Monster writing about a movie? To answer that question I have to take you back a few weeks.
I think it was after I had published Vol. 2. My wife had just read it, and she asked me if I would ever write a negative book review and bash on a crappy book. One book in particular popped into my head–“The Hunger Games”, By Suzanne Collins. Katniss may have been a prisoner of the system in a cruel-dystopian world, but as I read the first book in this series I felt like a prisoner inside her muddled teenage brain. All I wanted to do was view the games from a different POV (I loved the plot). I finished the book but it was torturous for me. Katniss Everdeen was a terrible narrator to say the least, and she ruined the book for me, and subsequently the entire series.
“The Cabin in the Woods” was the solution to the problematic Hunger Games Series. I don’t want to spoil the movie so I won’t say too much. This horror film shared a number of parallels with the Hunger Games and threw some punches at these books too. If you had a problem with “The Hunger Games” I recommend “The Cabin in the Woods”, because sometimes the movie is better than the book.
“All my friends are dead.” by Avery Monsen and Jory John: It’s cute, it’s morbid, and whether the character’s friends are dead or bread, all the characters are having serious problems with their friends in one way or another. I’m not sure you’ll want to read this picture book to your children, but who says adults can’t read picture books? Whatever you do with this book, one thing is for sure, it will make you grateful for the friends that you do have. I found this gem of a book at a gift shop in Sacramento 2 years ago. My wife and I read a few pages in the store and after laughing like idiots we decided we had to bring it home.
The Indiana Review: This literary journal that is published by the University of Indiana features a mixture of short-stories, poetry non-fiction essays, and artwork. The IR caught my eye because the first story in the Winter 2011 issue is called “The Stolen Cloned Mammoth” by Shane Castle. The title was beyond intriguing so read it and Shane Castle delivered. The story chronicles the path of the mammoth and the havoc that follows it from community to community while integrating all of the latest technological trends into story such as blogging and Facebook. So I kept reading this issue of the IR and it was filled with top-notch poems and essays and stories. If you’re looking for a smattering of all types of literature the IR might be just what you’re looking for.