Wednesday, 15 June 2016
Hell Reviews - Supernatural: War of the Sons - and I guess bit of a small rant.
Synopsis: This is a Supernatural novel that reveals a previously unseen adventure for the Winchester brothers, from the hit ITV series! Twenty-three years ago, Sam and Dean Winchester lost their mother to a demonic supernatural force. Following the tragedy, their father taught the boys everything about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners of America...and how to kill it. On the hunt for Lucifer, the boys find themselves in a small town in South Dakota where they meet Don - an angel with a proposition...How far will the boys go to uncover the secret Satan never wanted them to find out?
So here we have a time travel novel mixed in with the Supernatural verse, and compared to the few episodes we've been given over the years that involved canonical time travel...this book really didn't keep up with them.
Unfortinately Rebecca and David just didn't catch the Supernatural feel in this novel.
Now I'll be the first to say that this isn't the worst in the series, hooboy no...we'll be getting to that one soon enough, but I did find some issues with this one and it sticks out as a serious 'meh' one.
I have been with the series since it premiered in 2005, I'm pretty (read as a lot) obsessed with it, but not to the point where it takes over my life and I don't particularly partake in the fandom much. Sure I write fanfiction and kind of throw that out there for people to consume if they wish, but I don't run a dedication blog to my favourite character, heck aside from one small site I check I don't really pay attention to the actors themselves.
However, I am also not one of those fans that will blindly give something a good rating and five stars purely because it is Supernatural related and I can be critical. Heck...I'm still worried I made someone take down their own Supernatural story from Amazon for giving it an average review (I'm sure it was just legal stuff, but it's still kinda funny how it was up until I wrote the first review and then they both disappeared.)
Just because you like it, doesn't make everything associated with it good.
This is one of those novels that falls in line with deserving a more critical look despite the brand name.
This book doesn't do the well established characters justice.
By this point the show was on it's fifth season and neither authors seemed to pick up on Sam and Dean's personalities at all.
Sam is a complete non entity, I know it's something he seems to suffer from in some later seasons. Honestly they completely obliterate their characters later on (looking at you season eight, with Sam being weird and...just what was that Amelia shit?...Sam had good hair though) but it's all put down as 'character building.
Dean seems to be the main focus of this novel and that'd be cool...if they hadn't ruined it.
Yes I know Dean is into the ladies, but never have I come across him being as...I guess misogynistic as he seems to be in this particular book.
We know the older Winchester is bit of a lady killer, but this book takes it to a level that I feel even Dean wouldn't reach, it's like the writers don't know the difference between a little flirty and just downright skeevy.
From what I recall of 'Don the angel' I thought he was alright, but seeing as I don't remember him all that well he clearly didn't leave a lasting impression.
One person who did leave a lasting impression is the main female of the novel....I apparently loved her so much I can't even remember her name, that just shows how much I adored her! (Tries not to eye roll.)
I will openly admit to being one of 'those' people, you know the ones who don't like most of the female characters in the show.
No, it has nothing to do with 'slash shipping', I don't ship, I never have in anything I've watched (Okay...except Oz and Willow, loved them, but I'm biased because I love werewolves.)
No, it had nothing to do purely with the fact they are female, I dislike many male characters too.
It's because they're all written the same and that is atrociously.
I don't believe other characters should be altered just to make other characters look good, it's so forced and cringeworthy (I'll get hate for this...but looking at you Charlie.)
Of course there are exceptions, I liked Ellen and Jessica, for all of the five minutes of screen time she had, I quite like Donna too...and from the little shots I've seen of this new Reaper in season 11 I think she's alright too, everyone else is just insufferable.
Sadly whatshername from the book is no different and her interactions with Dean made me grimace and hold in a groan every time.
Yay for obvious and forced sexual tension.
Have fun with that grandma you visit when you're back in your own time, Dean. (Yes, that is relevant to the book.)
One thing I never picked up on though is what Lucifer could be wanting to hide from them, it's Lucifer...I doubt he'd give a big enough shit to need to hide anything as long as he got the vessel he needs to push his plan into motion.
I like the whole idea of the scripts, but I didn't see anything that was 'secret worthy' enough for the devil himself to worry about.
He's off killing whole groups of people and not caring because he's a grade A dickbag.
Overall, it's a disappointing read, and when I was finished I was eager to jump onto the next book that was waiting for me.
Boy....would I regret that one....
Sorry Rebecca, but even if you worked on the show it seems you have along way to go, as your next novel proves.