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Final Destination III: The Movie Mass Market Paperback – January 3, 2006
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The only complaints I can think of is that pretty much every woman in the book is surprisingly beautiful, no matter how old they are. That gets a little repetetive after a while. And just about EVERY man is a fat slob who wants only sex and beer.
Other than those nitpicks, a great book.
This lady knows how to bring a movie script to life. She takes what was, for me, a run of the mill horror MOVIE and makes a solid, enjoyable, fast-paced horror NOVEL! I give it my highest recommendation. Faust breathes life into the characters, all of them! They become real people you like and dislike and, thus, you care what happens to them. They aren't just fodder for fate/devil/death. No one-dimensional types in these pages.
Like her incredible double horror shot in the Twilight Zone book from Black Flame, Faust has pulled off another winner. If you've read her award winning novelization of Snakes on a Plane, then you know what I'm talking about.
Disregard the background of this one. If you see a copy, grab it! Black Flame is no more and Christa Faust's work for them is getting harder and harder to find. She has become a crime novelist of note and has a bright future ahead of her. You'll see why once you've finished this one. If you're a horror fan, then this one is for you. It will not disappoint.
The story concerns a group of graduating high school seniors. The author begins by stripping away the layers of teen stereotypes --jock, brain, popular girl, etc.-- to reveal the more intimate goals, wishes and aspirations of each. The teens are poised on the threshhold of adulthood and faced with important choices concerning their future -a future that is fated never to arrive. As in other installments of the series, the characters have escaped certain death, and now Death itself stalks unseen about them, hunting them down. The teens are in the palm of the Grim Reaper's hand, helpless as the bony fingers begin to close about them. Also worth noting is the undercurrent of sexual tension between the two lead characters as they struggle against their doom.
The older I get, the more it pains me to read or hear of the death of a young person. In Final Destination 3, Christa Faust takes a B-movie horror flick and makes of it a tragic tale of young life plundered and looted by an inscrutable and malevolent Fate.
As with any book based on Final Destination, whether it be the series or the novelizations of the screenplays, there's obvious problems with the editing, which, despite it's annoyance at times, I was able to look over and easily figure out what the writer meant (although, I will say the editor might want to be much more careful in the future).
This is basically the movie with, as I said before, a different ending, a variation on one of the death scenes, and another death scene that they changed completely from the movie (which I'm glad about... the death was WAY out there, and despite it being cool, there's no way it would or could ever happen in real life). Unlike the movie we also have more character development, and, unlike Roryman seemed to realize, books go through characters feelings, hence the reason it's a book, the author just can tell what they're feeling at the moment, and not everyone cares to overlook it.
Much like you'd expect, the death scenes, despite the things I said before, are very cool. The one that they changed from the book was probably changed for fear of seeming to similar to one of the deaths in the earlier films (I won't say what happens or who it happens to for those of you who haven't seen the originals). As before, there's the Rube Goldberg-esque things leading up to the death sequences, which to me, are just as cool as the deaths themselves (this, in my opinion, is where just as much creativity comes out as does with the deaths themselves).
Overall, a good book, with a bad ending (if you like the book but don't like the ending, go ahead and go see the movie, the ending they have now is alot better), but it still comes out as strong as the film, if not just a bit stronger because of the actual character development, as well as some scenes that set up things you won't be able to see in the film.
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