I had zero expectations from this film as I paid 10 pence for a brand new copy – to be exact the film cost 10 pence more than the postage costs of a book that I was buying anyway and buying the film meant I didn’t have to pay postage.
Having avoid the lack of buzz when it came out the only film-specific things that I knew were that it was based on a TV show that I hadn’t seen and the jeweller who made my engagement ring had also made most of the jewellery for the film.
Being a Tim Burton film it was almost certainly going to be weird and visually stylish – which is was. It also had some intentional laugh out loud moments, some of which were somewhat ick and I wouldn’t personally have given it a 12 rating.
The plot jumped around like the Mexican Jumping Bean that kept my sibling amused for a whole afternoon summer, it didn’t flow, there were lots of bits everywhere and very little actual resolution but it was fun.
The ending was sudden and almost a let down, but up to that point it had been visually very fun and definitely not boring! So all in all it was a good use of 10 pence.
Charlaine Harris seems to have a thing for writing about young women who are socially isolated and have a power that is more of a curse than a blessing.
Sookie Stackhouse was a fairly accessible character and had some social skills. Harper Connelly is a pretty cold fish by comparison and it is probably a good thing that she only had four books in her series – ‘Grave Sight’, ‘Grave Surprise’, ‘An Ice Cold Grave’ and ‘Grave Secret’.
It isn’t that they are bad books, they have a plot and wander along to a good enough ending each time. It is just that Harper is rather had to empathise with, I suppose finding dead people for a living because being hit by lightening means that you “buzz” when you are near a corpse and then seeing their final moments would make you somewhat withdrawn and less than chatty.
Following the success of ‘True Blood’ there have been some interest in turning this into a TV show, it could work rather well with enough deviation from the books but it wouldn’t be as popular as ‘True Blood’ and would probably be cancelled by the end of the first season.
Part of this will be down to the total lack of sex appeal; Sookie was a bit of a slapper whereas Harper isn’t, however I wasn’t entirely sure why Harper felt the need to share with us that her step-brother’s penis was curved and that is going to be a longer lasting memory than the actual plots.