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'Five Nights At Freddy's The Silver Eyes': 5 Reasons Scott Cawthon's Novel Was Disappointing

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(Photo : Scott Games) "Five Nights At Freddy's: The Silver Eyes" was just released, and there are a few reasons to be disappointed by this Scott Cawthon novel. We've outlined them in the list below. "Five Nights At Freddy's: The Silver Eyes" is available now in Kindle and paperback.

"Five Nights At Freddy's: The Silver Eyes" released last week, and the Scott Cawthon novel offers a surprisingly coherent companion narrative to the popular game series, That being said, there are a few reasons to be disappointed by the book. We've listed five of them below!

SPOILERS for those that haven't read it fill this article. Caution is advised.

1) The Silly Personal Touches

Scott Cawthon originally summarized "Five Nights At Freddy's: The Silver Eyes" by saying that it provides a human element that expands the mythos of the digital story. While this plays to the book's benefit in most cases, like the relationship between the main character Charlie and her father, it falls short in others.

For example, the sentimentality of the death of Charlie's friend Michael probably stretches on a bit too long. In one sequence, readers encounter a scholarship dedication ceremony in his honor. Once it finishes, those details add nothing to the narrative. Then there's the budding romance between Charlie and her childhood friend, John. Pages are dedicated to describing the pair's nearly first kiss, but, by the novel's end, the two have no intention of hooking up whatsoever. For a book that's already 500 pages in length, there's plenty that could have been shaved off.

2) No Puppet

"Five Nights At Freddy's" fans were first introduced to the Puppet animatronic in "Five Nights At Freddy's 2," and he's been a critical part of the series' timeline ever since. Yet, in "Five Nights At Freddy's: The Silver Eyes," the character isn't even mentioned. How can such a beloved part of the lore have no place in what might be Scott Cawthon's only novel? It doesn't make sense!

The only possible explanation is that maybe Scott has every intention of continuing the print series, and he hasn't confirmed it to his fans yet. It took two games for the Puppet to be introduced to players, so it may take two books too. We hope so!

3) Nice Animatronics?

Those that were hoping the novel adaptation of "Five Nights At Freddy's" would show Cawthon's animatronics in their most gruesome light may want to lower their expectations. In fact, rather than being the metallic killing machines that gamers believe them to be, "Five Nights At Freddy's: The Silver Eyes" establishes their personas in a nearly opposite fashion.


(Photo : Scott Games/Steam)

Rather than tearing Charlie and her friends to shreds, there's plenty of evidence to suggest that Freddy, Foxy, Bonnie and Chica are actually trying to protect the group instead of cause harm. Certain characters get hurt, but it could be because they hastily run away and are scraped by metal. Every time someone has the chance to die, the animatronics merely stare off into space. This is far from the bloodthirsty beast description implied by the first "Five Nights At Freddy's" game.

4) Maybe Too Straightforward

If there's one thing we know about the "Five Nights At Freddy's" games, it's that they can be downright confusing for anyone that attempts to understand them. This unclear narrative is a huge part of the series' intrigue, but it isn't present much in book form.

This is likely to help Cawthon create a more cohesive narrative that's appropriate for all ages, but it detracts from the fun a little bit. There are almost no instances where a reader is fooled or forced to think outside the box. Dream sequences contribute to the story's trippy feel, but they're almost always clearly marked by italics or revealed as fake. Make each dream more meaningful, and trust the reader to interpret the difference between hallucination and reality in the next book. This one suffers slightly for not doing so.

5) The Book Is On A Different Timeline

When Scott first announced his book as "Five Nights At Freddy's: The Untold Story," many gamers wrongfully assumed that the novel would help unlock some of the virtual narrative's deepest mysteries. Who is the Purple Man? Are the events we play in-game even real?

Unfortunately, hours after diehard fans finished reading, it became clear that Cawthon took several liberties to make his novel tell a different story. This made those looking for answers angry, and the author replied by saying that the book and games are based off the same source material on different timelines. In that case, "Five Nights At Freddy's: The Silver Eyes" does nothing to offer theorists the closure they desperately seek. This helps the novel maintain originality, but it was still a huge shock shortly after launch.

"Five Nights At Freddy's: The Silver Eyes" is available now in Kindle and paperback. A hardcover version is expected to arrive in 2016.

Were you disappointed by "Five Nights At Freddy's: The Silver Eyes" for any of these reasons? Tell us in the poll and comments section!


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