The duo behind the book Wherewolves are yet another of my first Twitter followers, so I decided to give it a read.
I’m somewhat of a novice to the horror genre, and perhaps this wasn’t the best introduction.
Wherewolves was apparently adapted from a screenplay. Perhaps the story works on-screen, but ultimately a book must stand on its own merit.
Wherewolves struggles and ultimately fails to break free from the shackles of its screenplay origins. The characters are almost cookie-cutter stock slasher-movie stereotypes, with little fleshed out to expand upon that. They were established just about enough for me to be completely non-invested in what happens to them, even with around half of the book dedicated to setting them up. The plot, such as it is, may be better suited to the big screen. It just wasn’t enough to build a book around without significant character work which just felt absent. It was straightforward with no perceptible twists to it.
Even the werewolves themselves weren’t much to write home about. There wasn’t much to separate them from a more natural animal attack, if anything at all.
The present-tense narrative made it read like a screenplay and the onomatopoeic growls and screams just ripped me from the already unsteady flow of the narrative and came across as comical. Perhaps this is supposed to be a tongue-in-cheek take on the concept of werewolves. Having read nothing else in the genre perhaps I missed the joke, but I feel as though the more likely explanation is simply that it just reads like a screenplay. The dialogue came across as clunky in general, and didn’t seem to fit the characters in places.
Overall I’d say it’s probably better to try and find the screen adaptation if it exists, it probably has a better chance of showing the intended story in a way the novel just hasn’t managed to capture.
This finishes up a batch of introductory works that I added to my reading list a while ago. For the near future I will now be reading some books by more established authors, however I’m always interested to find new and interesting things. If you’re a fellow indie author, or know one who has written something, let me know. It seems I’m generally more into Science Fiction and Fantasy but I’ll give any genre a go.
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