Tuesday, December 05, 2017

High infidelity

Of course, I saw the 2007 movie "I Am Legend" first but recently I picked up the book at a library book sale; just finished it last night.  Here are all the similarities between the movie and the book:

There's a character named Robert Neville.

That's about it.  When I was done, it was bizarre to think the movie was based on the book: the setting, themes, characters and story are only peripherally related.  It would have been less jarring to read about the Joads heading out to California.

4 comments:

Timothy said...

The James Bond book "The Spy Who Loved Me" takes place at a motel in West Virginia. No mention of Jaws or underwater fortresses. Similarly, Octopussy is a short story in a trilogy and has nothing to do with India or nuclear weapons.

Anonymous said...

You might try watching and comparing 1971's The Omega Man with Charlton Heston as "Army doctor Robert Neville struggles to create a cure for the plague that wiped out most of the human race." I haven't read the book in ages so I don't know that it is any closer really.

Anonymous said...

Watch the original movie with Vincent Price....very true to the book. (I think the movie is on Youtube.)

Eric said...

Ha - I saw "The Omega Man" but forgot that Heston's character was Robert Neville. Even that wasn't original!

In the book, unlike both movies, Neville wasn't a "Dr." but just an ordinary guy who had to teach himself to address the problem.