Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
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Let the Right One In Takes Top Honors at Tribeca Film Festival and is now an Award-winning movie in both the U.S. and Sweden!


It is autumn 1981 when inconceivable horror comes to Blackeberg, a suburb in Sweden. The body of a teenager is found, emptied of blood, the murder rumored to be part of a ritual killing. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last---revenge for the bullying he endures at school, day after day.

But the murder is not the most important thing on his mind. A new girl has moved in next door---a girl who has never seen a Rubik's Cube before, but who can solve it at once. There is something wrong with her, though, something odd. And she only comes out at night. . . .Sweeping top honors at film festivals all over the globe, director Tomas Alfredsson's film of Let the Right One In has received the same kind of spectacular raves that have been lavished on the book. American and Swedish readers of vampire fiction will be thrilled!

Following the success in Sweden, this movie was remade starring Kodi Smit Mcpheem, Chloe Grace Moretz and Richard Jenkins under the new title Let Me In. The story has continued to reach new viewers in a London Musical and the book remains a vampire favorite among its readers.

 

About John Ajvide Lindqvist

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John Ajvide Lindqvist's debut novel, Let the Right One In, was an instant bestseller in Sweden and was named Best Novel in Translation 2005 in Norway. The Swedish film adaptation, directed by Tomas Alfredsson, has won top honors at film festivals all over the globe, including Best Narrative Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival. An American remake, Let Me In, written and directed by Cloverfield director Matt Reeves, was released in October 2010 to rave reviews.  Lindqvist grew up in Blackeberg, a suburb of Stockholm and the setting for Let the Right One In. Wanting to become something awful and fantastic, he first became a conjurer, and then was a stand-up comedian for twelve years. He has also written for Swedish television. He lives in Sweden.
 
Published October 28, 2008 by St. Martin's Griffin. 479 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Romance, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Examiner

Based on the same-titled book by John Ajvide Lindqvist, who also wrote the screenplay, "Let the Right One In" won a multitude of awards in 2008 including: Most Promising Filmmaker (Chicago Film Critics Association) and Best Director (International Online Film Critics' Poll) for Alfredson, Best F...

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... In the Stockholm suburb of Let The Right One In, terrible things can ... working
from a novel and screenplay by John Ajvide Lindqvist, does go ...

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The Telegraph

Its name comes from a song by Morrissey (“Let the right one slip in/ And when at last it does/ I’d say you were within your rights to bite/ The right one and say,/ What kept you so long?”).

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Pajiba

It’s gory and descriptive and it’s probably wise if you don’t eat while reading, because it really put me off my lunch.

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Denver Post

But Reeves doesn't do much with these gestures, except to make clear that once Owen learns his new friend and neighbor is a vampire he has to grapple with the grays of reality.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

At once quietly complex and profoundly creepy, this extraordinarily resonant work, a much-discussed hit on the international film festival circuit, manages via the inspired deployment of singular writing, impeccable production and the firm coaxing of delicate performances, to breathe life into th...

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The Sydney Morning Herald

Let the Right One In was one of the best films of 2008, so why remake it?

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We Love This Book

Set in the 1980s on a run-down suburban sink estate in Sweden, Oskar is a lonely, bullied 13-year-old who one day meets Eli, a girl about his age who recently moved into the apartment complex, whom he soon realises is a vampire that has been killing residents in town.

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Boston.com

It’s perfectly fair to ask: Why a Hollywood remake of “Let the Right One In,’’ the cult 2008 Swedish film about a bullied boy who makes friends with the vampire girl next door?

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Starburst Magazine

Swedish horror author John Ajvide Lindqvist answers these questions and more in Let the Old Dreams Die, a book of haunting, romantic, funny and chilling short stories which reacquaints us with old characters and introduces us to creations new.

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Time Out New York

And for a film that takes time to embrace small, tender details, especially in relation to Oskar’s sexual awakening, it does precious little to flesh out the bleak context of his relationship with Eli, when eccentric side characters (including a cat lover who is brutally mauled by his own cluster...

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Red Room

Meanwhile, in the movie world, a different kind of monster was becoming popular – the human monster – thanks to movies like Halloween, The Last House on the Left, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and so on.

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SFX

Eli is a monster, but even after you’ve seen her tearing out throats and snapping necks (and witnessed the grief of those affected) it remains impossible not to be moved as these star-crossed teens tap out Morse-code messages to each other on the wall that divides them.

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SFX

Like its Swedish forebear it’s stylish, it’s character-lead and it’s as much the tale of a bullied young lad in a snowy, parochial, working class small town (albeit in New Mexico this time) as it is about the vampire who moves into the flat next door.

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The British Fantasy Society

In the titular story we get a glimpse of Oscar and Eli from ‘Let The Right One In’, and in ‘The Final Processing’ we catch up with some characters and get the epic ending we all wanted to Lindqvist’s thoughtful and beautiful zombie novel (How often do you see that phrase?) ‘Handling The Undead’.

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OneMetal

Stockholm is very much a character in this book, more then a setting it is given a real presence, and almost feels as much a victim as the other unfortunate souls contained within it.

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HitFix

Jenkins is one of the greats, a character who knocks it out of the park, time after time, film after film.

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Variety

Greig Fraser to composer Michael Giacchino offering same-but-different contributions, “Let Me In” is so similar as to leave some wondering, “Why bother?” Reeves’ remake seems to exist solely on the assumption that a large, subtitle-averse aud somehow wasn’t served by Alfredson’s original (the R ...

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Ken Greenleaf

Discriminating horror-movie fans rejoice: Tomas Alfredson's Låt den rätte komma in, with a script from his novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist, is a remarkable vampire film, as raw and frightening as it is tender and intelligent.

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Campus Circle

Those bullies were just trying to protect the story [from] being picked on by Hollywood.” Unwilling to draw comparisons between his film and the original, even though Let Me In is garnering mighty praise, Reeves simply says, “No matter what anyone thinks of [my] film at the end of the day, that...

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Greig Fraser to composer Michael Giacchino offering same-but-different contributions, “Let Me In” is so similar as to leave some wondering, “Why bother?” Reeves’ remake seems to exist solely on the assumption that a large, subtitle-averse aud somehow wasn’t served by Alfredson’s original (the R ...

Sep 11 2010 | Read Full Review of Let the Right One In: A Novel

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