Monday, June 21, 2010

Cannonball Review #3: Little Women and Werewolves by Louisa May Alcott and Porter Grand

"Little Women and Werewolves" is a bastardization of the original. Except people keep referring to it as a "monsterization" which sounds a lot more exciting than it is. This all follows on the trend started by "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies." I googled this sort of thing and there are a literally (not literally) a million of these type of books out there. There's even one about Little Women and Vampires. I don't know about you guys, but I'm starting to get a little monstered out.

The story is relatively the same, if you know it...The March family were once well-to-do, but have fallen on hard times due to the philanthropic tendencies of the parents. Their are four daughters who are growing up with Father away, battling during the Civil War, along with doting neighbors the Laurences. The story follows the injustices, struggles, joys and delights of their childhood and early adulthood.

Much the same is going on in the retelling except almost everyone is a werewolf. At first we are introduced Laurie and Mr. Laurence as werewolves. As if this wasn't distressing enough to someone who revered the classic, nearly everyone else is a werewolf as well. Friends and family are all in peril from the Brigade who hunts not only the wolfs but their sympathizers as well.

In introducing these elements many parts of the story were glossed over or forgotten, making all of the girls seem vapid and spoilt. Also there are some entirely creepy moments later in the book with Beth and Mr. Laurence, which were completely irrelevant and made me feel...a little nauseated to say the least.

I threw this book down many times in disgust, and finished it disgusted in myself. I really want to like some of these re-imaginations, since I like the classics, and hell, monsters are always cool...but it this just feels like they are destroying both elements.

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