31 Days of Halloween, Day 3: Book / Movie Pairings

31 days of Halloween, day 3: book/movie pairings

I don’t know anything about pairing wine with my meals, but I do know how to pair books with movies! Sometimes a movie has the same flavor as a book, or maybe you saw the movie first, the book has a similar taste. Here are just a few YA horror books and their horror movie matches.

Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young / Level 16 (2018)

I watched “Level 16” only a few weeks after reading the awesome Girls with Sharp Sticks, and the similarities nearly bowled me over. An exclusive school for girls that teach them antiquated etiquette. A dark secret kept by the school’s strict teachers and doctors. While the movie had a different twist, I couldn’t help but imagine the main character as the one from Sharp Sticks. I mean, even the covers look similar!

Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett / Children of the Corn (1984)

When you’re in the mood for corn-based cults, you really can’t go wrong with “Children of the Corn.” I mean, there really aren’t many other options. But if you’ve gone through all the “Children of the Corn” movies and you want more, give Blood and Salt a try. This corn-cult isn’t limited to just children, but there is human sacrifice!

Dreamfall by Amy Plum / A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Nine, ten, never sleep again… The teens chosen for a sleep study in Dream Fall don’t have that option to escape nightmares as deadly as Freddy. They’re given a sleep-inducing drug, but when a power surge messes with the equipment, they’re trapped in a cycle of nightmares that include plenty of old-school favorites.

And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich / The Others (2001)

Okay, so this pairing might be a bit spoilery for either, because they have similar plot twists. But also similar is the setting of a truly creepy tone. These are both haunted house stories, and haunted people stories, set in time that is somewhere in the past and feels timeless.

Ravenous by Amy Lukavics / We Are What We Are (2013)

If stories about families dealing with cannibalism are up your alley, check out this pairing. Both of these deal with sister relationships, but The Ravenous has some zombie action while “We Are What We Are” deals with religion. Either way, there’s meat on the table!

I may have a few more book/movie pairings for you before the end of the month, so stay tuned!

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