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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 ›
The story is, of course, a slasher flick. With a twist.
"Lindsay's right," Izzy says, collecting the leftovers. "Billie Jean is coming back for her. With a little help from his friends."
"So . . . so is this a horror movie now, or a teen comedy?" Brittney says.
"It's an afterschool special," Izzy says, Hoddering her head over to study Billie Jean. "Know what the take-home message is? Don't **** with Izzy Stratford."
Lindsay, the "Final Girl" in the movie that ended in the opening chapter, survived an encounter with a slasher-killer in a Michael Jackson mask. Now as homecoming queen, she's going to lead her high school in a celebration of life and survival, and she's chosen a handful of other very special girls for her court.
They're all Final Girls who survived their own teen bloodbaths.
Since this is a slasher film, and Stephen Graham Jones is not going to neglect a single trope, even Izzy, the confused odd girl out, knows that a homecoming game with a cast right out of every scary movie ever can only end in blood.
The Last Final Girl is fun, if you find movies like Halloween and My Bloody Valentine and Nightmare on Elm Street fun. And it tries - it tries so very, very hard - to be clever.Read more ›
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I really liked the authors other book Mongrels and I love slasher flicks so I was pretty excited for this, but man was it a bummer. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Amy
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 11 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 14 months ago by J. T. Glover
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 on April 24, 2014 by Eric Juneau
The story starts with a final girl and her horse Wildfire facing off with a serial killer wearing a Michael Jackson mask. There's also a longsword. Read morePublished on July 15, 2013 by Raf
Wow. I thought I had some horror chops. Not anymore.
Read The Last Final Girl and be humbled.
Damon good stuff
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