Ten: A Novelization of the Film ‘Ten’ by Jade Sylvan [Book]
May 19, 2014 2 Comments
Ten women find themselves in a vacant mansion on Spektor Island in December, 1972. Each believes she’s traveled to the house on business, but they all agree that something seems strange. For one thing, the entire house is full of pictures and statues of pigs.
The women all come from drastically different walks of life. None of them would have chosen to spend the night together in such an eerie place, but the last ferry for the mainland has just left, and a terrible storm is rolling in. Trying to make the best of an unpleasant situation, they raid the mansion’s wine cellar and throw a party. As the night creeps on, however, it becomes clear that someone–or something–has lied to get them in the house. It’s not long before someone mentions that Spektor Island is supposed to be haunted.
Of course, no one in the house believes in ghosts. At least, not until the first murder.
What do an actress, a religious zealot, a renegade, a coed, a model, a singer, a medium, a real-estate investor, a historian, and a doctor have in common? None of them is who they seem.
Regular Trainwreck’d Society readers probably won’t be surprised to see that we have found yet another way to exploit the excellence the project known as Ten. The film was spawned by regular TWS attendees Michael J. Epstein and Sophia Cacciola, who we simply can never get enough of around here. The project also featured the amazingly talented writer/musician/actress/alot of stuff doer Jade Sylvan who helped write the script and starred in the film as well. And in a with just our luck, she also managed to write the film’s novelization, being that her latest success these days has come in the form of writing. And what she has created here is a perfect example of what can happen when brilliant and like-minded souls merge together to form a more perfect artistic union. Between these three amazing artists and the other bright minds around them, they are like the freaking Captain Planet team of the Northeast United States. But, alas we are talking about a book. And what a doozy of a book it is.
With this book being a novelization, we can eleviate the whole “book is better than the film” bullshit. It also helps that the book is written by a co-writer of the original screenplay. And in the vein of Sylvan’s previous works, she makes a brilliant effort to create an original story out of a previous work. This book acts as a brilliant personalization of the characters that so many have already come to love and enjoy in the film version. And Jade does so damn well at just that. This is a book that doesn’t simply retell a story, it is a brilliant alternate look at what each character had going through their minds during this whole ordeal.
The concept of Ten is one that was golden right from the beginning. If the film acts as a brilliant homage to 70’s slasher and exploration films, the book has similar effects. It is truly hard to explain how it feels to be read words that come off as classic literature, but are about pigs, death, and a mix bag of eroticism and narcissism that provides brilliant comic relief from a gruesome tale. I truly enjoyed this little book, although I could arguably be called out as being totally bias on the grounds that I have become such a fan boy of everything that these beautiful team has created. And with that being said, I might as well use this space to announce that I have my fingers crossed that Jade might return to novelize Epstein and Cacciola’s new project Magnetic. If it isn’t in the works, I suggest we all rise up and beg the best we can to make this shit happen. Who’s coming with me?
Note: 2014 is the first year for book reviews at Trainwreck’d Society. We will be making a valiant effort to read and review at least 100 books. This is review #15. Be sure to stay in touch and be on the lookout for further reviews throughout 2014. Be sure to let us know if we are falling behind. For a complete list of book reviews, click HERE. Enjoy!