While the protagonist is a 13 year old girl of striking intelligence, this is definitely not a book for younger children. In essence, it is about the restrictions of society, the absurdity of conformity, and paints with sympathy a young English girl named Rynn who lives in a rural area with her father, a poet. The introduction of Mario, the young boy whose magic tricks come in handy, adds just the right touch, because it further softens the readers view of Rynn, showing her to be as vulnerable as all of us, reminding us that she is indeed a 13 year old girl. The film, starring a 13 year old Jodie Foster, and Martin Sheen, is a minor cult classic, and the book is beloved by nearly everyone whos ever read it. Five stars arent enough for a read this wonderful.
A spine tingling, edge of your seat thriller- Recently I picked up a book called Paperbacks from Hell, which explored horror novels written in 1970s and 80s. The book spoke of various popular horror novel tropes, with the 'Evil Child' being one of enormous popularity. After all, the opening sequence is set on Halloween night, which also happens to be Rynn's birthday. Rynn is a thirteen -year old girl living in a house at the end of a lane with her father. Mostly, I remember the adults discussing the controversial scenes, which was what I remembered most about the movie, in the years to come. I never realized the movie was based on a book until many, many years later. Shes not nearly as sociopathic as some might think. Even if you have seen the movie- it goes without saying that the book captures the dread and foreboding much more effectively.
Also a 1976 film starring Jodie Foster, The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane is much like a very 1970's version of books such as Let the Right One In. It introduces readers to thirteen-year-old Rynn, a child who supposedly lives with a reclusive poet father (never seen), and her mother is dead... Luckily for Rynn, she's able to find solace in two good friends - Officer Ron Miglioriti and his teenage nephew, a magician named Mario who walks with a limp and earns extra money entertaining kids in town. It's a great love story and drama as much as a murder mystery, and unlike in the film the book gives a bit more context as to who Rynn was prior to moving and includes Officer Miglioriti as more of a front-and-center guardian, which was interesting.
I want to explain why I love this book so much, but I dont know if I can put it into words. This is going to be a long rambling review, which probably nobody will read, but Im compelled to write it. If I had known there was a book, I would have read it. Reading this book now years later, I thought I would feel differently, but all those old feelings came racing back along with some others. Shes so used to being on the defense that it takes her completely by surprise when Mario moves into her lonely existence. Is the book like the movie? To my surprise, Im not sure Jody Foster truly captured Rynn. Yes Jody did an excellent job, but Rynn is so British, and this is such a big part of her character. I realize a book like this probably wouldnt be allowed to be published today simply because Rynn has sex. All in all, I loved this book.
Remembering the movie that seriously creeped me out, I had to read the book. This book is a serious creep-fest just like the movie. Rynn lives in the large, old house at the end of the lane with her poet father. But Rynn won't allow Mrs. Hallet to bother her father. Awesome read for anyone who likes thrillers or suspense.
Although Rynn does horrible things, it was hard for me not to identify with her character--she is cold, loves to be alone, feels alienated from children her own age, hates school, is entranced by words and poetry, has a pet rat, loves classical literature and music, and teaches herself foreign languages.
(En serio, algún día alguien tendrá que hacer un análisis sobre las traducciones de títulos de libros y películas).