Let The Right One In – Maven

How does the Swedish film compare to the American remake? To the book?

About Maven of the Eventide

7 comments

  1. I haven’t read the book, but I love both films.  I have a slight preference for the American version, but that may be partially because I saw it first and in a theater.  I would argue though that both films leave the future of the two’s relationship ambiguous, you can choose to interpret it as going down either of the paths you mentioned.

  2. Technically that would make her/him an enuque

  3. Oh good, the other vids to watch section is gone. Thank Michaud I guess.

  4. I think he is just ignorant in trans questions.. I am readin his latest book at the moment.. and he refers to a possibly transgender prostitue as a transvestite.
    And yea his female characters aren’t the greatest… He is kind of like Lovecraft in more ways than one.

  5. You were reviewing a book? Well, not really. I’ve never really seen that here. It was more of a comparison. It was still unique. Yeah, this did seem too serious.

  6. Hi Maven,

    I’m writing this because I’m a little concerned.
    I usually love your videos, but I watched about half of this one, and I couldn’t watch any more. I moved on your Nosferatu video instead.

    The reason was this: you described a young boy getting sexually mutilated – tortured and abused (or did his sire have the grace to use anaesthetic?), and all you could get out of it was a long discussion of trans rights. Now, of course, you’re perfectly entitled to do a long video about trans rights; I’m not disputing that. It’s what was left out that worries me.

    Maybe I missed it, maybe it slipped my mind (this was yesterday I started to watch it) but in the half I watched, I don’t remember one thing saying what a vile act that was; instead, you only focused on the boy as an ex-boy now-girl.

    (If you put something in the second half, it needed to be highlighted a lot sooner. At least a bit of an ‘I’m getting to that’. If it *was* in the second half, maybe this whole comment isn’t needed… maybe.)

    The message I got because of your omission was ‘nothing that happens to you matters as long as you remain male’. I’m sure that’s not the message you were *trying* to send, but it’s the one that got through.

    I wish I could take it for granted that a person on the internet in 2017 thought that kind of assault on a male was vile act. But I can’t. After commenters like ‘thefatman’ (I won’t call that one ‘handsome’), after growing up under an emotionally-abusive older sister while my parents turned a blind eye (my mother still does, though my sister treats her like garbage too), after being raised to believe men are monsters and abusers (the irony is no longer lost on me) until I’d rather die than become one – and I have the scars on my wrists to prove it – I can’t take that for granted.

    I was going to let it slide; just keep watching your show (which I’ll still do) and not comment, but then I remembered something that added an extra layer of horror to the proceedings.
    You are the mother of a young son.

    Please, Maven*, please do not pass that attitude on to your son. For his sake. Search yourself; find that attitude within you and get rid of it. Don’t raise him to believe he’s worthless because of his gender. Don’t just tell yourself ‘he’s got a father, so that’s okay’, or that you’re not doing it (my mother has told me she thought she was trying to avoid teaching me men are worthless; I shudder to imagine the version where she didn’t try to avoid that). Work at it. Every day for the rest of your son’s life, if necessary.

    Sorry to rant.

    ~ LM

    * I’m sure I’ve heard your real name, and probably your son’s, too, but I want to make sure you don’t in any way see this as threatening: so I’m not trying to remember personal details, and I’m not looking them up. Plus, I don’t live on the same continent as you anyway.

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