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The Last Final Girl Paperback – September 16, 2012
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The slasher is probably one of the most straight-forward, accessible kinds of movies, but this book is told in an experimental style. Others have likened the format to a screenplay, but it's actually more like an overseeing narrator describing the on-screen action of a film as it happens. It's a verbal play-by-play, describing shots, character movements, what the camera (and audience) sees and notices. The narrator is well-versed in the actors, directors, references, inside jokes and tropes of slasher films.
This results in a fun, cheeky stream-of-consciousness running description, complete with winking asides from the characters and sometimes also the invisible narrator letting the reader in on any references they might've missed. Though the story takes place in the present day, these high school kids are very familiar with cultural touchstones of the 80s (the golden age of the slasher film, as well as the coming-of-age era of the author) so that lines from popular movies and other culture from my own high school years pop up all through the story.
In a sense this is less about literature, in the sense of inward reflection, and more about the kinetic energy of film told in written form. It's clever, full of attitude, crafted by a person who clearly loves, values and understands slasher films as a genre.Read more ›
Written with urgency, intelligence, intensity and almost movie-script like brevity, Last Final Girl whizzes past and is over far too soon. Which may be my only complaint. Not that there's a shortage of meat in the meantime. Bare breasts, collapsed skulls, pig fetuses, old farm machinery, multiple villain situations, decapitation, creepy out-of-towner's and an abundance of high school snark made me pause every three or four pages just to laugh, bask in the overwhelming violence, or check that all of my doors were locked.
Though I'm a big fan of his writing, this may be the first Stephen Graham Jones book that I recommend to every single person I know regardless of age, personality, or reading habits.
This book is quite meta, using the final girl trope to build a story on. It's quite fun too. The dialogues are great.
The experimental style, which feels like a movie script meeting literature, made me visualize more of this story than I normally do. At times it slowed my reading down some, when the POV changed in an unexpected way and I had to reorient myself in the scene.
Reading this teen slasher felt like it had been written by the genre itself. There are a ton of references to horror movies and characters. This book is smart. It gives a clever insight in what the genre is about while maintaining a fun story throughout.
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Everything has already been said. I figure, either you dig the style of this novel or you don't. Electing not to read it, though, means you miss out on the incredible narrative,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Trickster-Kat
An excellent novel that plays with all of the conventions of slasher films to great effect. It takes the thoroughgoing irony of meta-horror movies like SCREAM and THE CABIN IN THE... Read morePublished 8 months ago by J. T. Glover
For anyone who watched waaaaay too many slasher flicks in the 80s and 80s, this book is a cyclopedic homage to every movie Jamie Lee Curtis ever starred in, every Jason, Michael,... Read morePublished 15 months ago by David
I should have liked this, but the author made it unbearable to enjoy.
The first stumbling block is the text's presented. Read more
I was practically glomping all over the starting pages. It's so genre-savvy, it hurts. The basic premise is "What happens to Alice after Friday the 13th? Read morePublished 21 months ago by Eric Juneau
Wow. I thought I had some horror chops. Not anymore.
Read The Last Final Girl and be humbled.
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The book reads like a slasher movie. It's campy, self-aware and gloriously ambitious. I haven't read anything else by Stephen Graham Jones, but if this is up to his standard, then... Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by R. A. Harris
I was looking forward to this book but I was left utterly down by it. The premise itself is great. Story starts right in the last moments of the slasher finale where the last girl... Read morePublished on February 4, 2013 by xMort
Very good meta-romp of a novel disguised as a slasher film, chock full of nods to classic horror slashers, and some inventive verbs that movie fans will appreciate (like: the... Read morePublished on January 25, 2013 by Steve Lowe