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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Who hates scary movies? by Kristin Wallace

Can you believe it’s October already? Before you know it, we’ll be knee deep in Christmas decorations, if you’re not already buried in tinsel and holly. But we’ll stick with October (for this week at least), and more importantly...Halloween. The theme on Romancing the Genres is actually “Why I read scary books/Watch scary movies.”

Well, the truth is, I don’t do either. I don’t watch horror movies or read scary stories. (My one exception is seeing a few movies based on Stephen King novels, including The Shining and Carrie (and I’ve actually only seen the end of Carrie). I did see The Exorcist once and that freaked me out. I think the only scary/horror book I’ve ever read was Amityville Horror, and that was enough for me.

I grew up in the heyday of Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street franchises. Jason and Freddie Krueger were pop culture icons, but I couldn’t bring myself to watch them. I just can’t get into blood and gore, and extreme violence, especially stupid violence. If you hear something in the basement, why would you go down there? I do remember a time when I was in junior high and had a sleep over with my friend. She wanted to watch one of the Friday the 13th movies. I don’t remember which one…could have been 3 or 5 or 6…as they were pretty much the same. Start with 6 pretty teenagers and by the end there are 6 dead pretty teenagers. Or maybe one does finally get away. I didn’t want to watch it, but my friend insisted…then spent the entire movie covering her eyes and asking me to tell her what was happening. Mostly, it was a STUPID movie. It confirmed my firm belief that I don’t like those kinds of movies.

Give me a romantic comedy or a drama any day. You can take your scary movies this month and I’ll just wait for the Hallmark Channel Christmas movies to start. It should be next week, right?

Kristin Wallace is the USA Today Best Selling Author of inspirational and contemporary romance, and women’s fiction filled with “Love, Laughter and a Leap of Faith”. Look for her latest releases FALLING FOR YOU AT CHRISTMAS, which is part of SWEET CHRISTMAS KISSES 3, a box set featuring 17 holiday stories by NYT, USA Today & national bestselling authors for only 99 cents, including. For info & buy links, visit Kristin's Website


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2 comments:

Sarah Raplee said...

It really annoys me that holiday decorations, etc., are pushed on consumers months ahead of each holiday! I'm with you there, Kristin.

I don't like slasher movies, either. I think many people who do like the special effects or the emotional roller coaster, knowing they are safe. Just a guess on my part.

My all-time favorite scary movie is an old one, The Woman in White. It is not very violent - but talk about scary! It's a who-done-it? ghost story with a spunky young protagonist, terrifying plot and a satisfying ending.PG-13 rating.

Diane Burton said...

I never got the appeal of scary movies/books or roller coasters. Maybe I'm just a wimp. Some of those slasher movies are funny for their over-the-top spewing of blood & guts. I'm with you about decorations up too early. Halloween candy in August??? Christmas in September? Nuts.