Luke and his two friends, Michael and
Henry, are determined to change humans’ opinions about their
kind. To do this, they need the assistance of some humans
in the entertainment industry. They decide to go with
Calypso Productions, but the meeting is a disaster. In the
end, Luke asks one of the women to meet again somewhere
else, hoping he can convince her to help in a less formal
setting. The woman, Lena, asks him to dinner. Though he’s
nervous—and attracted to Lena—Luke agrees.
Lena has risen to a position of
influence as a founding member of Calypso Productions.
Together with her three friends, she’s one of Hollywood’s
young elite. Normally she would blow off a guy who gives a
presentation as awkwardly as Luke and his friends did.
Since she finds him attractive, however, she asks him to
dinner with the intention of seducing him. Will Lena still
want Luke when she discovers what he and his friends are?
is a cute and interesting tale of what happens when an
up-and-coming Hollywood businesswoman meets a monster,
literally. Lena is secure in her own place in the world,
and proud of her accomplishments. She’s tough and knows
what she wants. Luke, with his mixture of toughness and
tenderness, confidence and vulnerability, throws her for a
loop. The scene in which she first sees Luke’s true form is
really funny. I liked Luke’s naïveté regarding human
customs, and his uncertainty. He softened some of Lena’s
grating edges. The storyline itself is engaging, with lots
of sex, some action and suspense, and a rather unusual take
on the paranormal/monster genre. Secondary characters,
including Luke’s friends and Lena’s business partners, are
clearly destined for their own stories. If you like the
paranormal but are getting tired of the same old creatures,
Lights, Camera…Monsters is a good choice.