Day: October 6, 2014

The Monstrumologist – Book Trailer

The Monstrumologist

The Book Trailer

I don’t usually like watching book trailers. I find them really cheesy and sometimes they discourage me from wanting to read a book. They aren’t as well made as movie trailers (for obvious reason) and they don’t usually tell me anything about the plot of a book. Sometimes, I’ve found that what I think the book is about (from watching a trailer) is completely different from the book trailer.

I watched the book trailer of The Monstrumologist and found that it was misleading. It’s pitched as a horrific novel when in reality, it’s anything but scary. The doctor and Will Henry are assumed to be creepy but they are completely different.

While the doodles of the anatomy and surgical tools are relevant, I felt like it didn’t really make me feel compelled to read the book. I liked it, but it came off as cheesy. Actually, the entire trailer just came off as cheesy which is extremely disappointing. It’s a good thing that I’ve already read the book because I think that the trailer might have turned me off of reading it.

WHAT COULD HAVE MADE IT BETTER

More blood. Preferably blood that doesn’t look like red paint. More real-action shots. Preferably not blurry. The funny doctor would have made me want to read the book even more. It doesn’t necessarily have to be high budget but at the very least it could have been less cheesy. The trailer also makes Dr. Warthrop sound like he’s going to come onto the scene with a gas mask and a machete to kill all the monsters when it’s actually just a title. But I suppose, they wanted to make the book appear more frightening so that people would be more interested in reading.

I vote that all book trailers have just as much production value as the books themselves. And that they should be run on TV to increase the amount of readers!

Songs and Books

Songs and Books

I don’t know how many of you guys experience this too, but sometimes when I read a book, I end up associating a song with that book. It doesn’t matter if the lyrics end up matching or not, I will have forever attached those two together. And a lot of the times, I end up enjoying it because it either makes my visualization of the scene more dramatic or it makes it really funny.

I know I’m not the only person who has done this. One of the books  I really really want to read is called Since You’ve Been Gone. Sounds familiar? Yeah I’ve seen a large number of bloggers associate that book with Kelly Clarkson’s song “Since You’ve Been Gone” and that includes me. It doesn’t matter if the book has to do with losing a lover, it’s all been linked together.

Recently, I’ve read The Monstrumologist (and I know that all of you guys know this) and I’ve been associating the song “Monster” by Skillet with the book. The lyrics have absolutely NOTHING to do with anything in the book so it doesn’t really match, but again, it’s just one of those surface links because at no point during the book does Dr. Warthrop or any of the other characters say that they feel like a monster.

Another example. In 8th grade, I had to do a group classics project and one of my lovely friends decided that we should read Atlas Shrugged (FYI NEVER READ ATLAS SHRUGGED IF YOU ONLY HAVE A MONTH TO FINISH THE PROJECT). One of the assignments was to use songs to represent emotions that the individual characters all felt. One of the tracks we picked was “Me Without You (All I Ever Wanted)” by All Time Low. And now, any time I hear that song, I am reminded of Atlas Shrugged and the painful relationship between Francisco and Dagny. Guys, just imagine two adults dramatically being separated with punk rock music in the background. It’s kind of awkward but also kind of funny XD

I like the fact that books can be linked to anything whether it be music or life experiences, but I really like that a single song can trigger a memory of a book (Or if you’re a normal person, an actual memory).

The Monstrumologist: Expectations Vs. Reality

Expectations vs. Reality

The Monstrumologist

Expectations

Scary monsters

Creepy, creepy houses

Really creepy scientists

Will Henry to be less spineless

Cooler monsters

For me to actually be scared

More monsters

Work with chemicals

Nightmares

Monster battles

Cool gothic setting

Blood

Dead people


Reality

Scientist with emotional control of a teenage girl

That same scientist is also on the crazy side

Monsters with descriptions that vaguely remind me of vampires

Three floored houses that aren’t scary at all

Shrunken heads

People with daddy complexes

Heavily disguised child labor

Starvation of children

Sleep deprivation (nooooo!)

Bipolar worms

BLOODY monster battles

Jack the Ripper

Human sacrifice

Book that’s about as scary as a chick flick (actually those can be pretty scary when they’re bad)

Jack the Ripper


I know the format of this post is kind of ugly but I will figure out a way to insert a legible table soon.

Anyways, when I first picked up The Monstrumologist, I had thought it would be more eerie. Definitely not the cheerful but gory book it was. I found that it utterly failed at scaring me and I’m a complete wimp when it comes to horror. It was most likely because of the fact that the story talked about emotions quite a bit and that Will Henry was rarely ever scared in the novel.

I also thought that there would be more monsters than just the Anthropophagi and the body-invading worms. Truly disappointing in that aspect. For some reason, the Anthropophagi reminded me of vampires although I know that they are nothing alike. These monsters don’t even drink blood.They were like giant humanoid gorillas with super strength.

And yes! There was Jack the Ripper. Though it wasn’t super obvious until the end. He was placed in the book as more of a side-character.

I have to say that the biggest surprise was the fact that Dr. Warthrop wasn’t creepy in the slightest. I had begun reading the book expecting it to be about a scientist that was experimenting with monsters and had forced Will Henry into being his unwilling assistant. Instead, I read about Dr. Warthrop who didn’t really understand Will Henry’s boundaries and how to raise a kid.

I wasn’t expecting the book to get emotional at all. Dr. Warthrop and Will Henry both had a lot more baggage than I thought they would, considering that the book looks and sounds really creepy. I was pretty surprised when the book started to get into the background of Dr. Warthrop and Will Henry.

So did The Monstrumologist meet my expectations? Kind of. It was good in the aspect of writing and storytelling but I was expecting it to be much scarier.