16 November 2015

I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan

Title: I Know What You Did Last Summer

Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Summer-Turtleback-School-Library-Binding/dp/0606151575

Genre: Thriller, Mystery 

Pages: 200

Status: Finished

The movie I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER came out in 1997. It was bloody, gory, filled with violence, and had Freddie Prince Jr. Sarah Michelle Gellar, and other young stars of the time. A typical slasher movie that was followed with bad sequels. Lately I learned that Lois Duncan hated the movie, as it had very little to do with the book. Turns out there was no fisherman killing the teens, who had done something irrevocable during last summer. There was no blood in the book, and no gore. And no depth. It was very short and very seventies.
The author’s bio says she has penned more than 50 books, and is famous for her young adult suspense novels. Her books have been banned and awarded, and she’s one interesting person to follow. Today this story won’t impress anyone. There are thousands of new mysteries, thrillers, detective stories, each more complicated than the last one. But I can see why, thirty years ago, this kind of YA suspense novels would be of great interest. A remake of the movie is coming up soon, so the interest is still there. See what a good plot does? I think that original ideas never get old. Maybe Lois’s books aren’t those I’d recommend to authors writing in a second language, but her ideas are creative and become interesting books.
I Know What You Did Last Summer has been updated, which I found absolutely unnecessary. I don’t know why the author and the publisher would do that. Adding computers and cellphones won’t make the book more appealing to today’s reader. We still read the books from the seventies and sixties, and those written centuries ago.
I will continue to follow Lois on her social media and might check something else by her. I think new authors have a lot to learn from someone who’s been around for so many decades and still produces interesting stories.

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