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Ju-On

by Kei Ohishi

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The author's GRUDGE against women WARNING: THIS BOOK CONTAINS SCENES OF GRAPHIC VIOLENCE AND RAPEI know that seems kind of silly for a horror novel but, this book seems to revel in the way it tortures the women in the book as if this was a sick fantasy for the author.The story itself is terrible as, after you get the main story of Kayako, it just keeps repeating that narrative in some form or fashion through out the book with all the characters.Everyone dies save one person, but you expect this, however they all die the same way. Over and over. So basically once you have the story of Kayako, that's it. That's the whole story. Just insert all the new characters into the framework and bam.One top of all this is the misogyny, where once strong women do a 180 and are reduced to simpering piles. Every woman's looks is described over and over and the brand items they carry are name dropped like the author didn't have any idea how women act, dress or view themselves.Really I think the author has a Grudge against women and it really shows. I know Japanese horror has a thing for vengeful women, but I don't remember the movie being this terrible. ( )
  Maverynthia | Jul 27, 2017 |
This is one of the better "film adaptation" novels I've read to date, namely because it reads like source material rather than an afterthought.

Oddly enough, the novel is told mostly from Kayako's viewpoint, with vaguely related introductions in most of the chapters (historical facts, international ghost tales, etc). We're given a more personal look into the woman's upbringing, her college obsession with Kobayashi, her introduction to her future husband Takeo and the disintegration of her marriage. The depths of her obsessions are chilling, yet they pale in comparison to those of her husband.

It's really rare to get a grasp of the ghost this deep in an onryou-style story. Highly enjoyable, and possibly a re-read for me at some point soon. ( )
  JackFrost | Apr 10, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 159582071X, Paperback)

In Japan, ju-on is a deadly curse that takes on a life of its own. Always seeking new victims, it's a grudge that doesn't stop-it can't be stopped. Anyone unfortunate enough to meet up with a ghost killed by the grudge is then killed-and so it spreads. When a senior citizen outreach volunteer goes to work in a house in a quiet residential area, she soon starts to hear odd noises. As the strange events get more and more ominous, she discovers that some acts of violence can attach themselves to a house and that some evils can reach out and touch you-even after death. Few stories have influenced modern horror as much as Ju-on. The Japanese films set a new standard for horror filmmaking and storytelling with their blend of slow-burning terror and nightmarish imagery. The novel is just as chilling-and just as unforgettable.

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