Something to Read – Scream Deconstructed: An Unauthorized Analysis


With the arrival of Scream 4, 2011 has been a year of Scream retrospectives.  Fans saw the release of the documentaries Still Screaming and Scream: The Inside Story, and now they’ve got something to read with Scream Deconstructed: An Unauthorized Analysis which is being made available on a wide scale.

Independent publishing imprint Stinger Books announced this week that Scream Deconstructed, by Scott Kessinger, is now available through a number of new avenues for the first time: the e-book version is available on the Kindle and Nook e-readers, while the paperback form is now carried by Barnes & Noble – the largest book retailer in the U.S. – through its website, and perhaps most importantly, the book is now available on the international sites of online giant Amazon.
Until now, Scream Deconstructed was an exclusive to the American Amazon website, and has continually topped the retailer’s Film History & Criticism bestseller list since its initial release in October.
The success of ‘Scream Deconstructed’ is all the more surprising because it was achieved without the backing of the film studio behind the ‘Scream’ movies. As the subtitle “An Unauthorized Analysis” suggests, ‘Scream Deconstructed’ was not licensed by The Weinstein Company, who own the rights to the films, nor filmmakers Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson.
The Scream film series started in 1996 and has had four installments: the latest, Scream 4, was released earlier this year. The movies quickly became some of the most influential in film history and are considered a genre landmark. Kessinger noted, “Critics all seem to agree that the Scream movies had a lot going on under the surface, but there’s nowhere near as much literature about them as you might think. It inspired me to try to fill that void.”
Fans can keep up with the latest developments with the book through its official website,

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