Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Favorite Fiction Character--Eli


Favorite Fictional Character is a weekly event created by Ryan at Wordsmithonia.

I decided to write my FFC about a character from my favorite read of 2009, Let Me In (or Let the Right One In) by John Ajvide Lindqvist.

Eli moves in to the same apartment building as Oskar and soon the two strike up a friendship.  But Eli has a secret...she is a child vampire and this soon brings certain challenges to the friendship.  The reason I like Eli is because although she was turned against her will as a child centuries ago, she still has the compassion and capacity for love that a child possesses.  She befriends Oskar, a lonely child who is the victim of some serious bullying from his peers.  Her loyalty to, and protection of, Oskar is partially because she cares for him, but also, ultimately, to gain a companion to take care of her.  This could be interpreted as pure necessity on her part, but I chose to look deeper and saw the loneliness that Eli so fiercely tries to hide.  This novel is one of the best in the horror genre I have ever read and the character development, especially of Eli, is part of the reason that it is such a great book.


Eli in the motion picture, Let the Right One In


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  1. I have been dying to read this book and see the movie. I can't wait to do either one.

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  2. This sounds like a fabulous character! I have not heard of the book or the movie. How did I miss this one is beyond me. Great pick this week. I am going to have to check it out. Thanks!

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