|Reviews for Let Me In 2|
| Sk8ernv chapter 16 . 1/27
This is without a doubt one of the most powerful stories I have ever read on this site. While part of me, the hopeless romantic, hoped at the end of the American movie that eventually Abby would turn Owen. The way you portrayed the real struggle that must be waging within her mind. Without a doubt you gave life to these characters in what I can only describe as one of the most realistic fan fiction of this particular story. Thank you for sharing your work.
| Guest chapter 16 . 1/17
Thank you and I cryed all the though chapter 16 , it's very good and you get to now the characters much more a speacialy Abby . This should be the new film!
| Andrew chapter 16 . 1/17
I just finished reading the story, very we'll written and probably one of the best story's I have ever read
| iMakram chapter 16 . 1/13
Pfft i'm mad! Why Abby had to die?
| SniperX15 chapter 16 . 1/5
This was a very interesting story to read and it is extremely well-written and detailed.
I really liked the character of Alvirez, his sophistication, methods, and motivations. You didn't describe what he looked like but for some reason I keep imagining him as looking like Christoph Waltz (without the German accent though)... The way he plays other people and extracts information from people are just GEMS. Alvirez knows a little TOO much about psychology and forensics though. Have you actually studied those fields (just wondering)? It's interesting but I think the character of Alvirez kind of changed very dramatically in mid-story. He remains consistently intellectual, clever, and somewhat manipulative throughout the entire story but at the beginning (and maybe this is just me not catching some clues), I did not have the faintest clue that he could plausibly ''turn to the dark side.'' It just seemed to me like this was a hardened, no-nonsense FBI agent who wanted to accomplish his mandate (catching Abby) at any and all cost. You even hinted that he was somewhat of a careerist (keeping certain details from his partner, emphasizing how he kept calculating how careers could be made or destroyed, and how this case could ''make his career''). My early impression of him was that this was a ruthless but highly methodical and intellectual careerist who wanted to further his own career and reputation at any and all cost but who consistently justified this with his charge to uphold the law. However, this Lawman personality seems to completely vanish mid way in the story. In fact, Alvirez seems to disappear for a couple of chapters (it was almost as if you had forgotten about him). He then returns out of the blue and all of a sudden becomes this creep who wants to discover and understand Abby at all cost. I might add that a few chapters later he does another turn and suddenly becomes this Father Figure. Alvirez has remained consistently interesting but to me he just seems to change rather dramatically over the course of the story. I just didn't see him turning from the typical FBI agent into an over-curious pseudo-psychological creep and then into a father figure/emotional adviser/Dr. Love.
I loved all the little episodes though. Owen in juvie, setting up the prostitution system, and especially the temporary stay in Marlyand with the secret society exploding. All of it seemed cannonical; your planting of violent moments throughout (the vampiric attacks, Owen biting off someone's neck etc) were all well-timed and so well-executed. They completely made this seem in sync with the canon and feel of Let Me In.
I was disappointed though that the Dark Thriller feel of the first half of the story disappeared by the second half of the story. Now that I've read the story in its entirety I understand what you were trying to do with the story; the focus was meant to be on the relationship and figuring Abby out on a psychological level. This was well-done but maybe it's just me... I would have preferred if you had taken on and run further with the Dark Thriller angle/feel to it. Maybe it's just the horror fan in me... It was another direction and one where I thought the story was headed (there was a consistent atmosphere of being chased, darkness, violence, and unexpected enemies/resolutions throughout the first half) and it saddened me that this seemed to largely disappear in the last few chapters.
For me the absolute high point of the story was in Maryland. I loved the uncertainty of the situation and the delicious suspense. You've done a good job illustrating how uncertain, difficult, and risky Owen and Abby's journey had been thus far and so it made sense that Alvirez could lure them in with the new lifestyle at the facility. I was so excited to see what would happen with the mad scientists, the secret society, and what Alvirez was REALLY up to. I could totally imagine it all and it seemed so canonical and epic. The progression of the story was just so great... the murders, the stay at the juvie, some dating, some running from the cops, and then this new episode at the facility with this secret society. It had all the makings of a great dark thriller in a very horror story style vein.
But it is your story and you chose to do something different...
I just wish you could have done more with the conflict, group dynamic, politics, and uncertainty between Alvirez and the mad scientists. When you introduced Maklenburg I was so excited. I was even anticipating that he might become a major antagonist later and that Alvirez might sacrifice himself to save Owen and Abby or something... I was imagining fires, Abby slaughtering the scientists etc... But now that I think back, it might not have made sense to have Maklenburg play a bigger role since he was introduced so late in the story.
But yeah... not the direction you chose. Also, what happened to Lucy? ( You went for a psychological puzzle flashback angle/love tragedy and not for the cult classic horror angle with a touching relationship... (
The ending made sense and is beautiful in its own way and the story was well-written. I also like your take on Owen, having him mature into a practical but always compassionate youth with relatively high end intellectual capabilities and a thirst for knowledge/learning. It's an interesting take on the character and it is something new that we don't see in the movie...
| Lee Kyle chapter 15 . 12/12/2013
Let Me In 2 completed two years ago today.
The basic narrative challenge of Let Me In continues to preoccupy me: how to grant Abby and Owen a happy ending without using a deus ex machina (i.e., without changing Abby into a Twilight vampire). Remain faithful to the movie, keep Abby trapped (can't eat animal blood or banked blood, can't find a cure, can't commit suicide, can't stop caring about her victims) - that is the necessary starting point. Hold fast within these merciless confines, then let the characters drive the story. Totally In Canon. That is LMI2.
To respond to a frequent reader question, I had the ending of Let Me In 2 in mind from the moment I began writing (indeed, the entire novel was outlined). I did not simply get tired of the story and decide to conclude it. On the contrary, from the beginning constant foreshadowing is provided. I appreciate the notes from those who went back and read the book a second time, and realized how everything from the start drove toward this one specific conclusion. Given all that happened in chapters 1-14, there was no other way the novel could end.
I wrote LMI2 in an insane, 3-month burst of creative mania. I did not choose to write it. I was with book, as a woman is with child. The novel had to come out, and I was helpless until it was finished. It is a character-driven story, in that I lost control of the plot from the very beginning. Owen and Alvirez became real people, making their own decisions. I simply showed the reader what they did. They continue real for me. I miss them.
Many readers have asked me to write a follow-up. But the very qualities that make LMI2 interesting make a good sequel impossible. The key changes that Owen needed to experience have been experienced. The core unresolved question from the end of the film has been resolved. Matured, decided, concluded, consummated. If you don't hold back, if you leave it all on the field, then by definition there is nothing left for another story. Readers want more of the same. But more of the same is impossible. There won't be a sequel because there can't be. At least not one worth reading.
When I wrote Let Me In 2, I was late to the game, posting the first chapter almost a year after the movie's release. A "Let Me In Fandom" remained active at the time, however. Such no longer seems to be the case. Today there are 73 LMI fanfics posted; Twilight has over 200,000. I wish LMI would once again stream on Netflix. That was how I first saw it. Let Me In might become a cult classic, but I think it has to stream in order for that to happen. I would love to see the film endure. I have done what I could to make that happen.
| starly chapter 5 . 11/6/2013
just finished reading chapter 4, owen such a bada*s...
| mytraipm chapter 1 . 10/31/2013
Strangely, this chapter seems less edited than any of the others. I think you wrote this chapter first, then decided this book actually had promise and got the other chapters edited. You know you always could go back and get this chapter edited. I mean, why not? The book is so awesome it deserves an improved first chapter.
Alvirez developed in interesting ways. Starting with an original character is atypical, but it works. You summarize the content of Let Me In well enough that readers who have not seen the movie can pick up and go. That is almost unheard of in fan fiction. Which makes me curious: do you even understand the fanfic world, or are you going at this blind?
Oh, Alvirez. Such a beautiful mind you have. How painful that it's going to bite you in the ass. But in the meantime, such brutal brilliance.
| darck ben chapter 16 . 10/26/2013
great story i hate twilight but you still made a good story
| Kid Rock Girl chapter 16 . 10/23/2013
Even better than the movie. Haunting, lingering, releasing, disturbing. I though Let Me In changed me. But now I'm a different person. Fanfic never does this. I want to understand why I'm changed for reading this story. I'm new, but I don't know why. Now I can explain why stories are worth reading. LMI2 shows why fiction makes sense.
I'd say keep writing, but I'm no fool. LMI2 can't be matched, let alone exceeded. You will never equal it. Nor will anyone else. How can you survive that? You've maxed. That's a heavy burden. God have mercy on your soul.
| Guest chapter 16 . 10/11/2013
This is an amazing story. Although i cried..im soo impressed. I hope they can film this, same casts.. it'll be a hit. Watching mcphee and moretz reuniting again.
| Nicholas Babura chapter 16 . 10/10/2013
I just finished reading the book, and I can say with complete confidence that I loved it to death.
I still feel heart broken as of now because of the ending. it was put together perfectly, very powerful and it made me want to cry because of how much I loved the movie and was hoping they would have a happy ending. I do believe this is the better ending but that does not mean I have to like it.
The book in all was amazing, but the only thing I did not like about it was that you were never told what lisa wrote in her note to Owen. I know its just part of the mystery but that's one of those things that I just wish I knew.
This has officially just become one of my top 10 favorite books. Thank you so much for writing it.
| Travers Alvirez chapter 16 . 10/9/2013
The story... It shattered my heart...
Though all stories must come to an end, however, this ending is tragic. And I could compare this ending to Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid" ending - perfect, beautiful, but rather heart breaking.
I don't know if they ever consider looking at this and make it a movie, but I would raise my hand any day in the week, any hours or minutes, agreeing that this should be made a sequel to "Let Me In" (2010).
I do appreciate how the author included the feature where Abby was known to face a monster inside her - it exploit the matter of fact that there are those who can't figure out what is happening to them, what to do to those sudden changes and how to live with it everyday and consider that a living.
Overall, "Let Me In" might have not been as genuine as we wished, but from my point of view, the story is as good as ten times better than the original story whether if it was the movie (and the movie's script) or this sequel.
I cannot tell the author how big my appreciation to the latter is, but the author can rest assure that all efforts are appreciated.
| HaloMerk chapter 16 . 10/9/2013
I've got just the worst book hangover ever from this. So sure there's your prequel, but it's incomplete and you haven't posted in awhile and, well, don't mean to be rude, but it's not Let Me In 2. What is? Curse you. You've ruined me on other books, even your own.
| gfowler9035 chapter 6 . 9/22/2013
Finally kissed her