Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

Skipping Christmas, John Grisham, 2001

My favorite quote: “Why do we eat so much and drink so much in the celebration of the birth of Christ?”

Notable characters: Luther and Nora Krank, a couple who want to break tradition; Vic Frohmeyer, the neighbor who won’t let them

Most memorable scene: Luther, trying to get his Frosty the Snowman on the roof

Greatest strengths: It’s ability to rack up such massive outrage, lol. Like any book, some people love it and some people hate it … but the folks who hate Skipping Christmas are in a different class. They REALLY hate it!! With extra, extra exclamation points!!!! Seriously. The negative Goodreads reviews on this one are hilarious. Give it a gander when you have some time to kill — you’d think John Grisham shot Santa in the face or something …   

Standout achievements: For a former attorney who mainly writes legal thrillers, John Grisham is a surprisingly funny guy

Fun Facts: Within a month and a few days of its release, Skipping Christmas reached number one on the New York Times best-seller list

Other media: The 2004 film, Christmas with the Kranks, starring Tim Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Dan Aykroyd

What it taught me: This book really does shine a light on the absurdity and social pressures of Christmas. Not that I have a problem with that. I like traditional Christmases — but I certainly wouldn’t give into the kind of pressures the poor Kranks were under

How it inspired me: While writing our collaborative thriller, Mother, Tamara Thorne and I thought often of Nora and Luther Krank’s horrible controlling neighbors. We wanted Morning Glory Circle (the cul-de-sac in the Mother) to be like the Kranks’ neighborhood year-round, complete with a self-appointed leader (Mother, herself) who would take it upon herself to dictate the the lives of her neighbors — but in a way that was more frightening than funny  

Additional thoughts: This is one of those rare cases where the movie is actually better than the book. That’s not to say the book isn’t good — it is, but the movie just has more sparkle. The characters are more alive, the humor is much funnier, and the film addition of Marty, aka, Santa the umbrella salesman, the plot is given a more meaningful layer that I felt the book was lacking

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Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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