The Book vs the Movie: Let the Right One In


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Book written by John Ajvide Lindqvist, 2004

Movie directed by Tomas Alfredson, 2008

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It is autumn 1981 when the inconceivable comes to Blackeberg, a suburb in Sweden. The body of a teenage boy is found, emptied of blood, the murder rumored to be part of a ritual killing. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last—revenge for the bullying he endures at school, day after day.

But the murder is not the most important thing on his mind. A new girl has moved in next door—a girl who has never seen a Rubik’s Cube before, but who can solve it at once. There is something wrong with her, though, something odd. And she only comes out at night….


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Which I Viewed First: The original movie.

Which I Enjoyed Most: The original movie.

Out of 5 stars, the Book Gets: 4 stars.

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 4.5 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: More information, more character depth.

Things the Movie Did Better: Plot moved through smoother, certain characters were a bit more likable, great cast.

Verdict?: The movie.

Why?: While I enjoyed both, the book was a little disturbing because of the pedophilia. While the movie hints at it, the book goes into enough detail that it made me a bit uncomfortable. I liked the movie better because the plot moved along better. It seemed to drag a bit over certain parts in the book.

Should the movie be re-made?: It’s already been re-made. While the remake was okay, I think the original is best!

What do you think? Agree, disagree? Would love to hear your thoughts!



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