If you have ever thought to yourself while watching a slightly clichéd but entertaining horror movie, "Wow, I wish I could *read* this slightly clichéIf you have ever thought to yourself while watching a slightly clichéd but entertaining horror movie, "Wow, I wish I could *read* this slightly clichéd horror movie," then this is surely the book for you. It has many of the qualities of your average horror flick: the dialogue is pretty wooden, the characterization mostly shallow and only what is necessary to tell the story, and the plot is intriguing enough to keep your eyes glued to the screen (er, page) for a few hours.
I liked the character and backstory of Okiku, the titular avenging ghost girl from the well who is determined to punish all those who kill innocent children. But unfortunately the book is actually less about her and more about a couple of American teenagers who I just couldn't bring myself to care about very much. I also was distracted by said teenagers' very unusual names. The guy's name is Tarquin (you know, like the Roman emperor, obviously, 'cause that was one of the top baby names in 2002) and the young woman's name is Calliope Starr. There is a serial killer whose name is Quintilian Saetern, but that turns out to just be an alias... his real name is Quintilian Densmore. Good job with that alias.
There are some interesting scenes with creepy, possessed dolls and again Okiku is OK. I think she had the potential to be more than OK and a downright fascinating character if The Girl from the Well was actually about Okiku, the girl from the well. I also enjoyed learning a little about Japanese folklore. But overall, I kind of wish I'd just rewatched The Ring or The Grudge instead. ...more
I really enjoyed this, though I couldn't shake the feeling that I was reading particularly well-written Harry Potter fanfiction. Oddly enough, the stoI really enjoyed this, though I couldn't shake the feeling that I was reading particularly well-written Harry Potter fanfiction. Oddly enough, the story included quite a few common Harry Potter fanfiction elements:
(view spoiler)[ Voldemort's secret daughter(?!) who is very obviously his secret daughter Voldemort's secret daughter's mum is Bellatrix (though maybe this one is pretty plausible, if one accepts that Voldemort did choose to procreate) Draco has a ponytail (even though the HP7 epilogue mentioned he was going a bit bald) Scorpius and Albus are BFFs but their parents (in this case, one of their parents) forbid them from hanging out together Jokes about Voldemort's nose (or lack thereof) Scorpius having a crush on Rose The trolley witch is much more than she seems to be Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon talking in a very un-Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon way...though it was only in dream sequences, their dialogue seemed very "off" to me somehow And, of course, lots of time travel thanks to a "special and improved" time-turner which survived the infamous incident at the Ministry
I suppose we should be glad the story didn't include such beloved HP fanfiction elements as Ron being a Death Eater, a Peggy Sue American exchange student at Hogwarts, Voldemort being casually referred to as "Voldy," or *shudder* Quirrelmort. Not that I have ever read any Harry Potter fanfiction. Or written any. Because I haven't.