Hey book lovers!
Challenge: A Book That Became a Movie
In 2012, I saw the movie trailer for John Dies At the End and it piqued my interest. But I wanted to read the book first. Two years and a thesis later, I finally got to read it. WHY LORD, did I do that to myself?
SPOILER-FREE: I don’t think I could describe the plot properly if it wasn’t.
Synopsis: STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don’t put it down. It’s too late. They’re watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you’ll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it’s too late. You touched the book. You’re in the game. You’re under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why? You just have to trust me.
The important thing is this: The drug is called Soy Sauce and it gives users a window into another dimension. John and I never had the chance to say no. You still do. I’m sorry to have involved you in this, I really am. But as you read about these terrible events and the very dark epoch the world is about to enter as a result, it is crucial you keep one thing in mind:None of this was my fault.
If you’ve been reading my blog, semi-reading my blog or just stumbled upon it, read through some of the posts and thought ‘huh, she’s a paranormal fan’, then you would realize that I am a paranormal fan. I like when things get real creepy, real fast and the shockers turn my bones to mesh.
But I think I met my match with John Dies at the End. The blurb warns you; it does a valiant attempt to warn you but you have to read it because forbidden fruit is the most tempting. Please remember, the author warned us it was going to be messed up. But I’m a little rebel soldier.
The plot is about two guys, John and David, who fight paranormal evil with a lot of guerrilla warfare, which is a nice way of saying: while they’re winging it. Think of the Ghostbusters without the cool gadgets and the Hollywood conviction. They don’t seek the crazy. Shit just ends up at their doorstep.
The book lords over the fact that nothing is ever as it seems. There are some seriously mind-bending revelations, some ‘what the f…?’strange-ass moments that can only be described as a well-written cacophony of weird. This book would make the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland hiccup ‘But, why??’ in his tea.
It all started with a drug called soy sauce. You couldn’t have been surprised by that. If you do end up reading this, what else can it be? I’m pretty sure there are people in Amsterdam right now living through a John Dies at the End experience because of some new, experimental weed brownie.
And John, lovely John, somehow complements the weird factor.
How do you describe John, David Wong’s best friend in the novel? Well, he’s not the greatest person in the world but he’s there when it counts…and when it doesn’t…and when he happens to be on your couch passed out from drunkeness or a drug high. Either way, he’s there and he’s the only other person who sees the crazy so, he has to help. Plus, he’s hilarious and if you don’t go through this novel smiling, you’ll just end up contemplating the horrors of life.
…I don’t want to relive those memories so I’m cutting this review short. If you still want to read this novel, go right ahead. But, don’t take the movie shortcut. It’s not that fulfilling. Man up. Read the novel for the full experience.