Tuesday, August 10, 2021

The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix Review

“Men don’t have to pay attention the way we do. Men die because they make mistakes.
Women? We die because we’re female.”

I read this with the Book Lovers Club on Discord.

I thought this was a pretty cool concept. Women are often victims, in the real world and in fiction, but in slashers, there is often The Final Girl. In this book we meet six women who survived massacres that we readers will recognize as Friday the 13th, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween, Scream, Nightmare On Elm Street and Silent Night, Deadly Night. But here those things happened, and THEN they got movie franchises! Years later, life is still hard for these final girls, and they have had a support group for years. But the nightmare isn't over yet..

It was a little hard for me to keep track of who was who. Not only the final girls, but other characters too. They're not very deep, this book is inspired by slasher movies after all. Lots of action, and you sit there screaming at the stupid things they do. I liked the references to classic movies and other cultural stuff though. There are also funny bits! I did find the thing with the plant really weird throughout the book. The little extras between each chapter were pretty neat.

There were some points I lost interest a bit, but I'm not that much of a fan of slasher horrors. Overall I did enjoy it, and I can definitely see myself re-reading this at some point.

The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix Review

“Being a teenager isn’t a number,” Maryellen said. “It’s the age when you stop liking them.”
“You don’t like the girls?” Patricia asked. “No one likes their children,” Maryellen said.
“We love them to death, but we don’t like them.”

“He thinks we’re what we look like on the outside: nice Southern ladies.
Let me tell you something…there’s nothing nice about Southern ladies.”

I read this with my book club on Gothy Discord.

I can't believe I was hesitant to read this book when I first heard of it. It's incredible. It's funny. It's shocking. It's disgusting. It's terrifying. It will take you on an emotional rollercoaster!

Who the vampire is was obvious to me from the get-go. He is incredibly creepy, the way he just sneaks in to everyone's lives, charms the husbands and the children.. leaving the housewives, but at first only Patricia (and her senile mother-in-law) to be suspicious of him.

Around the midway point is where the steep ride towards the big climax begins. It's really well written horror! Grady Hendrix did a great job with the story arc, providing comedic relief, but also portraying vampires again as disgusting monsters who are also charming. I got so anxious and horrified at several points throughout. This is not a book for the squeamish! But the badass housewives come together to use each of their strengths and resources to save the day. Picture Desperate Housewives fighting Dracula! You don't fuck with housewives when it comes to their children.

There are also some cool extras in the back! Definitely pick this up - if you dare...

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