Sunday, 15 July 2018

Chuckles Chat #73 Scenarios We Love And Hate in Creature Feature

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Over the coming weeks I'm looking at our book buying life. By this what I mean is, what are the scenarios in a book blurb that make us really want to pick up that book and start reading? What do we love about the genre and what puts us off?

This week I'm looking at Creature Feature. Generally this would mean scary monsters but for those of you not into that, for this discussion it can mean any animal you like reading about. 

I totally love horror. I'm addicted to it! Nothing excites me more than getting a new horror book in my paws to get stuck in to! In the last few years I was delighted to find a whole new range of authors who love to write fast paced, high body count monster books. On my shelves I have snakes, spiders, sharks, dinosaurs, a variety of sea monsters, biological experimental animals, bugs, urban legend monsters, Sasquatches, pretty much most monsters you can imagine! I love the expedition to exotic places, the trek into jungles to look for something, the monster island, the escaped mutant animal on the rampage, something lurking beneath the waves waiting to kill swimmers, the monsters in the woods and swamps, caves and caverns with a monster waiting, people trapped somewhere with something trying to eat them...yes I do very much enjoy that kind of book!

When it comes to a good apocalypse or prepper book, I really enjoy it when the people have a faithful dog to share the disaster with-on the condition that the dog does not die or get tortured. I just cannot read animal cruelty and death in my books! Having a lovely beagle, greyhound, german shepherd, spaniel, collie etc is something that I like to see in the genre. I like it if the dog is more than just in the background and plays a bigger part in the story. These books are usually quite obvious as a lot of the time the dogs feature on the cover and the blurb. I do admit that I often care more what happens to the furry friend than the humans!

Are there Creature Feature books that I don't like? No, not really. I'll read about any kind of beast or monster as long as it sounds good. I do have a liking for sharks and dinosaurs in particular but I like most things. I do have issues with bad humans going to islands to kill or kidnap monkeys though-I have issues watching all these remakes of King Kong. Just leave the monkey alone!!! He was very happy until you came to his home and harrassed him! The monkey cruelty also puts me off the newer Planet of the Apes films. I am a total arachnophobe but I still love to read about scary mutant spiders for some reason and it doesn't bother me at all. The only issue I have with these books is that they insist on putting a ton of spiders on the covers and I just can't deal with that. I really want to buy The Hatching but I will not be able to touch those spider filled covers as it just freaks me out!  

I tend to avoid a creature feature if it sounds too much like relationship angst as this really spoiled Steve Alten's Meg for me. I was so sick of hearing what his wife was plotting to do to discredit him that I nearly DNFed the book. I've avoided a few that sound similar. I struggled with Sharkwater Beach for the same reason. I'm not a fan of sex in these books either as I'm more interested in the monster than any of that getting in the way. Fury of the Orcas went down the line of the MCs obsessed with it when they should've been doing their job and saving human lives and the orcas. I don't like it when I hate the characters or if it is slow getting to the main action. I don't generally read historical creature features set in WWII or deep in the past as I prefer a modern setting.

What kind of scary or mutated creatures do you like to read about? Which creatures freak you out too much to read about? Do monsters on covers sometimes put you off reading a book? Do you worry more about the pets than the humans?

10 comments:

  1. I've got the Hatching trilogy omnibus, in ebook, and the cover only shows the 3 books with some spiderwebs. I agree with you about the individual books, I wouldn't want them on my shelf, as they'd freak me out.

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    1. Hmmm, maybe I need to be reading the ebook omnibus then! I know it's daft but if I read a book with spiders on the cover I kind of feel like they might come to life and run over my hand!

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  2. I am not opposed to creatures in any type of book I read but in horror my favorite is ghosts/supernatural beings. I want to read it and the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Creatures are just that - looking to eat you. Very plain to me, but a ghost wanting to haunt or posses you...scary..

    Mary

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    1. Yeah I covered the horror scenarios topic in this series of discussions back in May. Ghosts were mentioned in that post. Creature feature is a different type of horror so I covered this seperately.

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  3. I read a werewolf book recently, but other than that, I haven’t read very many creature books. There are probably some good ones out there that I’m missing. I’m reading an alien book right now, but there’s a lot of romantic angst.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. I always seem to be finding new monsters to read about-krakens, sawfish, tentacled monsters, crabs, snakes, spiders, rats, iguanas, Sasquatches, moon worms, sharks, alien lake monsters...you name it I read it! Ugh who has time for relationship angst when aliens or zombies or something are attacking???

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  4. I'm with you on dogs not dying in an apocalypse...or a zombie...book. The humans can die, but the dog must survive. ;D

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    1. Yes, indeed! I get very upset when things happy to the furry friend!

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  5. I knew Fury of the Orcas might annoy you. I wanted to smack the MC a lot. You know I'm right there with you on the dog aspect - do not kill the dog! I also feel the same about monkeys and had a hard time watching the last Planet of the Apes movie that was released. Also, in the Kong remake, I had to know if he lived or died before I'd even start it so I was scouring the internet for spoilers. Great thoughts.

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    1. Yeah I felt like yelling 'get your mind out of your pants and focus on saving everyone!' I do find it hard to read animal cruelty and the thought of poor doplhins getting hurt bothered me too. I asked my dad after he watched Skull Island if Kong died and he said he couldn't remember. That was a lot of help!

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