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Let the Right One In---(or not)

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I was in New York for three days last week, for several meetings: one with an editor, one with an agent, one as part of a board meeting. So I was busy while I was there.  But I also had a few hours free between meetings one afternoon, and I was not far from an art film house that I love (the Angelika on Houston and Mercer Streets); so I went there in hopes of seeing "I've Loved You So Long" with Kristin Scott Thomas.  But I arrived twenty minutes after that film had begun, so I looked through the listings to find out what was showing at a time that worked for me.


Aha!  A Swedish film.  This is good. About a 12-year-old. This is very good. No, wait: it is abut TWO twelve-year-olds. Very very good indeed.  And so I found myself buying a ticket to a movie called "Let the Right One In."

I knew nothing about this film except that it was Swedish and indeed when the little boy, Oskar, who is the protaganist, showed up on the screen, I settled down in my seat with a happy sigh. Oskar looked just liked the little Swedish girl whom I had photographed for the jacket of Number the Stars....well, like her male counterpart. Blond and angelic.

Then Oskar meets Eli, a 12-year-old girl, a hauntingly wide-eyed, pale child with dark hair. Oskar is a shy misfit, often bullied, and this mysterious girl befriends him. It bodes well.  I relaxed for a lovely afternoon at a Scandinavian buddy movie.

THEN IT BECOMES CLEAR THAT ELI IS PALE BECAUSE SHE IS A VAMPIRE AND SHE NEEDS TO FIND SOME HUMAN BLOOD QUICK!

Oh, god. How do I get myself into these things?

I know vampires are in at the moment, but they are not in with me, and never have been, especially not when I have to watch two hours of hemoglobin drainage, plus a female adult spontaneously combusting after she has been clawed by an army of cats, and in addition a male adult whose face is destroyed by acid, though who cares about that after he flings himself from a high hospital window and splats in the snow below.

If I had seen the attached photo and noticed the dark liquid sliding from Eli's lips to her chin, I might have avoided the film....which incidentally (I checked later) has gotten some good reviews.

Do not take your children.

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Annie Monday, 29 November 1999

This is gorgeous! And I'm sure the inside will be just as good. Can't wait to see it in print!

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Kelsey Monday, 29 November 1999

Please forgive me if you've already told us... Is Crow Call a picture book? The ratio of the scanned cover makes me think so. Either way I'm excited - there's so much possibility in just that title and cover!

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pussreboots Monday, 29 November 1999

Beautiful cover art!

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Lois Lowry Monday, 29 November 1999

Yes, a picture book, but with a substantial text. An autobiographical story but with a certain universal quality to it, I think...

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Jenn Bertman Monday, 29 November 1999

Gorgeous! Looking forward to reading it.

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anne Monday, 29 November 1999

I get a bit of an Andrew Wyeth feel from the colors. It establishes a comfortable outdoor space that I recognize and wish to be in. It's not unlike the colors I see outside my window this evening. I look forward to the story beyond this cover.

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Megan Monday, 29 November 1999

I can't wait to read it! I agree that the cover is beautiful. Is that a similar picture to the one in your book, "Looking Back", with your favorite shirt from your father?

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