Tuesday, December 14, 2010

For Review: Audition - Ryu Murakami

I'm a huge fan of Asian horror. It's probably Battle Royale's fault. Or maybe it's Pokemon's fault, for getting me into the huge and amazing thing that is Japanese and Asian animation and cinema.

Either way, Audition is one of those horror thrillers that I haven't actually watched yet. Mostly, this is because the DVD cover features a woman with a hypodermic needle. My boyfriend has a needle phobia, so it never made it off the shelf and into my DVD player. My copy of Ryu Murakami's Audition is just too cute to ignore!

Audition is a sit down and read and enjoy all at once kind of book. It's a short 200 pages, but I barely noticed the pace I was flicking through. Following the death of his wife, Aoyama's son suggests that he should get remarried. Aoyama's in his forties and feeling out of touch with the dating game, so his friend decides to stage auditions to find a wife. The result is the stunningly beautiful and charming Asami.

But surely she's too good to be true? Correct. No woman can be that gorgeous and that strong without some serious flaws. What are they? You'll need to read it to find out, but it's an addictive little story and it'll be over in no time. Short, but very sweet.