Carl is on hand with his recommendation of what to read whilst in self-quarantine.
To help beat the coronavirus blues, for the foreseeable future, members of team Future of the Force will be on hand with our recommendations of awesome literature to check out whilst in self-quarantine. Whether its lesser-known gems, New York Times Best-Sellers, or just funs reads – we’ll be here to keep you entertained during this difficult time.
Jurassic Park By Michael Crichton
I’ll cover my ears as you shout loudly at my next comment. FORGET THE FILM! There, I said it. The film as we all know is a masterpiece of cinema. A movie that reintroduced the world to the classic dinosaur films from yesteryear. All those classic dinosaur movies that I and my brother, Phil lapped up in their droves. Steven Spielberg and ILM brought back that fantastic sense of innocence and wonder to a new generation of filmgoers. And we all loved it. BUT… if it wasn’t for the novel by Michael Crichton on which SOME of the movie is based on, then the world possibly wouldn’t have fallen in love with dinosaurs all over again. The film is brilliant. But so is the novel.
For starters, the book is a bit more sinister than the film is. Yes, it still has some of the dinosaur attacks and rampages that made their way into the film but at heart, it is all about corporate greed. The film shows John Hammond as a kindly older gentleman who wants to bring the wonder of the extinct world back to us all, to give back to mankind an experience like no other.
The book, on the other hand, doesn’t show Hammond in such a good light. It shows him as a scrupulous man, a man who only wants to see if he could bring back the extinct creatures and if he can extort as much money out of the world as he can. Hammond here is not a nice person, in fact, we end up loathing him. And his fate at the end of the book feels so right, so justified that we can’t help but feel a sense of smug satisfaction. But by the same token, we find ourselves feeling sorrowful at the fate of Dr. Ian Malcolm. ***SPOILER ALERT*** He dies in the climax of the book, not that would stop him (Crichton resurrected him in the sequel, The Lost World by saying his death was misreported) but you get the point.
The ending of the novel is quite sinister too although I won’t spoil it here as it needs to be discovered by the reader. But the differences between the book and the film are quite amazing. These differences need to be discovered by the reader for themselves but rest assured, it is a great novel to read and it’s a great journey getting to the meat on the bones of the story. It is available in paperback or from the digital bookstore of your choice for the E-reader of your choice. Settle back with a glass of wine (or beer) and immerse yourself in the fantastic world Crichton has created.
Stay safe and look after each other.
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Staff Writer and Books and Literature Correspondent for Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter @CarlRoberts2 where he uses the force frequently!