The ways THE FAMILIAR functions as a novel
I’ve recently given a lot of thought to the common phrase “it feels like a movie” when reviewers cover other media. For example, when discussing books, people often praise the story for seeming “cinematic”, and I began to wonder: why do we consider film to be the highest level of media? Wouldn’t it seem insulting to claim that a movie “feels like you’re reading a book”? Having said that, whether or not you enjoyed THE FAMILIAR, I personally was able to appreciate the fact that it seemed to very strongly ground itself in the idea that it was a piece of literature, specifically a novel. This is a story that seems to have been conceived as a book and a book only, never with some grandiose expectation that it could be an entertaining video game or movie. I liked that.