Monday, May 14, 2012

Well That's Familiar

Over the weekend I went to the movies with my sister and the theater was strangely empty. About 8 people including us. It was about 10 minutes into the movie that I realized "This isn't The Avengers!" No wonder it was empty.

Turns out the movie was The Raven; which is good because that's the one I paid to see.

I actually had no intentions to go see The Raven, once it ended I have no idea why. It was good, for only 8 people in the audience it deserves more.


But this isn't a review so that's all I'll say about the actual movie.

What I think was stopping me from wanting to see it was most likely the plot.
Nevermore (Supernatural, #1)


To me it seem awfully similar to the the plot of the Supernatural based book Nevermore by Keith R.A. DeCandido
Quoth the Raven, anyone?



Synopsis for The Raven:

Edgar Allen Poe joins forces with a young Baltimore detective to hunt down a mad serial killer who's using Poe's own works as the basis in a string of brutal murders. When a mother and daughter are found brutally murdered in 19th century Baltimore, Detective Emmett Fields makes a startling discovery: the crime resembles a fictional murder described in gory detail in the local newspaper - part of a collection of stories penned by struggling writer and social pariah Edgar Allan Poe. But even as Poe is questioned by police, another grisly murder occurs, also inspired by a popular Poe story. Realizing a serial killer is on the loose using Poe's writings as the backdrop for his bloody rampage, Fields enlists the author's help in stopping the attacks. But when it appears someone close to Poe may become the murderer's next victim, the stakes become even higher and the inventor of the detective story calls on his own powers of deduction to try to solve the case before it’s too late. 

Nevermore:
Sam and Dean have hit New York City to check out a local rocker's haunted house. But before they can figure out why a lovesick banshee in an '80s heavy-metal T-shirt is wailing in the bedroom, a far more macabre crime catches their attention. Not far from the house, two university students were beaten to death by a strange assailant. A murder that's bizarre even by New York City standards, it's the latest in a line of killings that the brothers soon suspect are based on the creepy stories of legendary writer Edgar Allan Poe. Their investigation leads them to the center of one of Poe's horror classics, face-to-face with their most terrifying foe yet. And if Sam and Dean don't rewrite the ending of this chilling tale, a grisly serial killer will end their lives forevermore. 



In both stories murders inspired by the work of Edgar Allan Poe take place, only real difference is one the Winchesters are trying to solve they mystery and the other Poe himself.

The Raven is better if you're curious. But if you saw the movie and like Supernatural you should give the book a try.

Anyway my point is basically what I said in a previous post, and that is: that somewhere down the road a story is going to repeat itself. There are very few that can go into the "original" category. 
I say this because I've read so many reviews complaining that a book is just a "rip-off" of another book, I always want to tell them "No, it's really not."
That just happens. 

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