Alan Wake is a bit different than a lot of survival horror fare. Depending more on a creepy atmosphere than on gruesome violence and monstrosity, it is more akin to something like "psychological horror" (which is how the game has been billed) than it is something like a Resident Evil or a Silent Hill.
I can appreciate that, and the tone and atmosphere of the game is generally pretty good. It's writing and characterization is a lot more stilted though.
However, I spent time in my review talking more about the presentation of fear in the game than in complaining about the hamfisted dialogue. You can read more here: