Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Five Nights at Freddy's: The Silver Eyes

five nights at freddy's the silver eyes review

One of the first books I bought after getting my new and current job last October, was the book The Silver Eyes, a book written partly by Scott Cawthon, the creator of an indie horror franchise that took the gaming world by storm Five Nights at Freddy's

If you didn't know this, I'm a big fan of horror games. I mean, I can't play them well myself because I'm that person who screams and throws the controller on the floor when jump scared, but I love watching gameplay of them (although I almost never do this when I'm alone haha), and I'm 100% into Five Night's at Freddy's. I understand that the point-and-click indie horror game isn't for everyone, that the repetitive jumpscares and apparently convoluted story line makes people think it's overrated or boring, but I also understand the people who spend hours unravelling every tiny detail, trying to fit the pieces together.

I had no idea that the book even existed until I discovered The Game Theorists YouTube channel in the later half of 2016, and promptly went to have a look into it. It took me until earlier this year, however, to actually sit down and read it. The plot revolves around a teenager named Charlie returning to her hometown, ten years after tragedy struck Charlie and her group of friends when, as young children, one of their closest friends was murdered. The group decide to hunt down Freddy Fazbear's Pizza - the original building having now been built around in the beginnings of a later abandoned mall project - and break in for good old times and curiosity.

There's a lot of interesting lore, with some mystery and creepy horror elements, and whilst I won't bash the work entirely, it's definitely not the best well-written book - I'm not sure who is leaving these Amazon reviews but I feel they are hyping it up with their feedback, haha. I feel like the characters don't have a whole lot of dimension, and the third person perspective makes me feel even more unattached to them, with Charlie herself being my least favourite of the lot. That said, the book offers some interesting tidbits into the lore and backstory of FNAF - the only thing that confuses me is that this is a re-imagining of the FNAF story, so just how canon is the book in relation to the games? Can we really take information presented to us in the books and apply it to the timeline of the games? Whilst MatPat has done just this, I am unsure as to how this works given that it's essentially a different story to what we know.

As I mentioned above, the book might not have been the most brilliantly written novel I've read in the last few years, or months, but it's still a worthwhile read if you're a fan of the story and the games franchise. It gets you thinking about that pesky timeline all over again, and it's only about 300 pages long (Amazon says it's short of 500 but my copy was defo not!) so it's a quick and easy read. If you're a FNAF fan, I highly recommend giving this a read in your spare time.

Are any of you guys a fan of the FNAF franchise?


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