SM - "Prom Nights From Hell" SPOILERS...Book Discu

Discussion surrounding Stephenie's submission to this anthology organized by Meg Cabbot.
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Post by nyaa-chan »

I haven't read "Hell on Earth" yet... *gets shot*

However, I do like the other stories. "The Corsage" creeped me out, and I just loved "The Exterminator's Daughter". I thought it was very good.
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Post by Stellar »

I could have sworn I posted here.

Anyway, I read Stephenie's and Meg's and I loved Meg's. I didn't really like the way Stephenie portrayed demons. I thought Meg's was much better, though many would disagree because they are biased about the other types of vampires.
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nyaa-chan wrote: However, I do like the other stories. "The Corsage" creeped me out, and I just loved "The Exterminator's Daughter". I thought it was very good.
Yeah. I agree. They are really good. I liked them too.
I love " The Corsage ". It´s really sad and it creeped me out too. I can imagine how the girl felt... It´s scary... So, as the author said... you have to be careful what you wish for... :shock:
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Post by impulsive666 »

I have read Prom Nights From Hell. IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!!! I especially loved Stephenie Meyer's story and the one called Kiss And Tell about the girl named Miranda with all the superhuman powers. :D
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Post by SaranethSama »

So y'all are going to hate me for this, but...I didn't like Stephenie's story much at all. *hides*

I just didn't find it that well-written, to be honest. The characters were so one-sided, which I suppose is the point of them being angels (all good) and demons (all bad), but that kind of thing just doesn't appeal to me because it makes the characters rather boring. The premise was interesting, but I also found it somewhat hard to follow at points.

It's been awhile since I read the anthology, but overall I wasn't terribly thrilled by the collection as a whole. I've never been a fan of short stories, though. I liked Meg's story, but I think the best-written of all of them was Lauren Myracle's, creepy though it was. Madison Avery and the Dim Reaper confused the heck out of me. Kiss and Tell was okay.
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Post by Stellar »

SaranethSama wrote:So y'all are going to hate me for this, but...I didn't like Stephenie's story much at all. *hides*
I'm agreeing with you. ;]
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Post by scelestus fortuna »

I loved The Exterminator's Daughter, then Stephenie's came in a close second. I didn'treally like the other ones, and The Corsage just crepe me out, I hate itwhen they leave scary stories open ended like that. It leaves too much to MY imagination, which is not a goo thing when it comes to stories like that. I madea point to read it and finish it during the day. :oops:

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Prom Nights from Hell Review

Post by Ruby Diamond »

I just wrote a book review (which kind of turned into a rant) that I'll post below. Since it's a review I did, it's spoiler free and assumes you know less about the book. It's kind of long, but hey.

This book is a compilation of 5 stories from various YA authors. They are tied together by two threads: 1. They're all about prom night. 2. They are all, in some way, paranormal or supernatural.

The 5 stories take up around 300 pages, so they are roughly 60 pages each. Not exactly a short story -- probably more like a novella. Actually, I don't know what a novella technically is. But I'm stickin' with it! The featured authors are Meg Cabot (author of the Princess Diaries series), Kim Harrison, Michele Jaffe, Stephenie Meyer (author of the Twilight series) and Lauren Myracle (sounds like a pen name to me!).

Overall, the book was fun. The variety in the stories was pleasant. And the continuity between stories was nice too. Despite the compilation's very foreboding title, none of the stories were scary enough to give me nightmares. As per an evaluation for the book overall, I'd probably say 3.5 stars. A fun read, but not monumental.

The paranormal/supernatural themes were as follows: Vampires (by Meg Cabot not Stephenie Meyer, in case you wondered), Mystical Objects (a new take on The Monkey's Paw), Grim Reapers (and the mystical objects they posses, and being alive after you've died), Super powers (strength, speed, future seeing etc.), and lastly Angels/Devils on earth (a twist on C.S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters, if you will). A nice variety, no?

Three of the five stories had female heroines (not surprising as the book is about Prom and written by 5 women), the other two were omniscient and included some refreshing male POV. All five stories had someone who was fairly boy-crazy in them. 4/5 had at least one kiss.

some spoiler-free bashing:
I personally found that while all of the stories were entertaining enough to keep me reading, some of them had little details that grated on me. I think that mainly it was just stereotyping. Teenagers can't have vocabularies? They have to rebel? True, the stories didn't really push these stereotypes, but some of them just took them for granted. I would have to say that the absolute worst part of the book (don't worry, I'll keep it spoiler free) is when someone says "Don't say it, [teen girl protagonist]!" and I'm thinking, "what?" and then she blurts out whatever it was that she wasn't supposed to say. If I was yelling at someone, and they yelled back "Don't say it!" I'd yell back "Don't say what?!" C'mon.

And also, why on earth would you feel the need to make two of your minor characters homosexual? Their orientation has no bearing on the story. It just totally distracts you. The story would have been much better served if the issue was left out of it. Some stories would not work or would not be the same without homosexuality, in which case, please, by all means, include it. Not the case, here. It just came off as the author of the story either trying to sound "up to date" or pushing a homosexual agenda. Keep your agenda out of the story!

One last thing: The whole "I'm in High School and I've only ever kissed three boys" thing. Why is that sad? Why is that to be pitied?? It's really not so abnormal for a girl to have only kissed three boys by the time she's a junior or senior. In fact, I venture to suggest that it is rather unhealthy to have kissed that many by that time. Sigh. But I guess not everyone waits until they're 16 to start dating. What can I say? They should. However I'm not so far from my teenage years and I know people my age, and older, who have never been kissed. Should they be ashamed? Wallow in self-pity? NO! no, no, and no. Do I wallow? Haha, no, and I've only ever kissed one boy -- my husband. The idea is absurd.

So I guess my message is, "YA authors! Break free of the shackles of stereotype! Do not perpetuate lies amongst your impressionable readers!"

Phew. Anyway, the book was alright, just don't take it too seriously.
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Post by EmmaBiteMe »

I found SM story confusing :S :? :? but i have olny read it once so i will go read it again. yeah i needed to post that.
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Post by blondebookworm1 »

I loved every single one of them. SM's was the best, though the Corsage was a close second. That story really creeped me out.
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