Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Jurassic Park

“God creates dinosaurs, God kills dinosaurs, God creates man, man kills God, man brings back dinosaurs.”
Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park

A friend bought me this book so that we could read it together before Jurassic World came out. I read it in about 4 days. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it! I’m a 90’s kid so I grew up watching the movies. The first one Jurassic Park came out when I was 2 or 3 years old. I have the first film somewhere recorded on a VHS tape. I like the 2nd and 3rd movies but the first was always my favorite. I loved Dr. Grant and Malcolm!

In all honesty I was a little reluctant to read this book at first. After seeing the movie a bazillion times since 1993 I wasn’t sure if it would be interesting. What if it was EXACTLY the same? Which would be okay but in my case, the movie came before the book. I didn’t even know they were books until several months ago actually. I was moseying around Barnes & Noble when I came across one of those tables with their collector editions classic book. That’s where I saw the first book Jurassic Park and the second book The Lost World for the first time. My friend actually just bought that edition by the way and it’s beautiful! If you are interested in reading them you should check it out! It’s white with silver pages and has a little red book mar attached to it.

Anyway, the movie and the book are quite different. I’ll try my best not to leak any spoilers if you haven’t read the book. It’s essentially the same as the book but there’s so much more information! I really enjoyed seeing more of John Hammond in the book and the way his mind worked. He’s the creator of Jurassic Park in the novel, you know the older man who brings his grandchildren to Isla Nublar? I guess my vision of him was somewhat skewed growing up too because I always saw him as the nice Santa from Miracle on 34th Street. But in the novel he’s kind of stubborn, and selfish and just wants everything to go his way. I enjoyed getting to know him more but I don’t like him as much now. Needless to say, he gets what’s coming to him in the end. People who are that

Even after reading the novel I still love Dr. Grant! Even in the book he has this unquenchable thirst for knowledge about dinosaurs! I mean, come on, who doesn’t love dinosaurs!? He’s so inquisitive that it almost makes him childlike but he’s still a big manly man for sticking around and saving the kids. Love him!

As for Ian Malcolm, my best friend and I disagreed on his character in the book. He’s portrayed by Jeff Goldblum in the movies. But he’s this big macho mathematician from Texas in the novel who specializes in “Chaos Theory” studies. He’s the blunt voice of reason throughout the whole novel, and I guess the movie too. I guess he’s a little too big for his britches but I will always love his character. He’s so witty! Although, he wasn’t as bad-ass in the book as he was in the movie. He gets hurt early on in the book and he’s basically bedridden the whole time. The ending is very confusing too, as for his outcome. Especially since the second book is mostly from his point of view.

I wish they would have added the beginning of the novel to the movie. The whole beginning of the book is about when the girl gets attached by the Compys at the beach when she’s with her parents. (The little girl who is portrayed by Camilla Bell in the film.) I wanted to scream at every character in the beginning of the novel! There was clearly a strange animal attack and mounds of proof it wasn’t just a lizard but all these different scholars and scientists keep brushing off what is really happening! Yes!!!! It’s a dinosaur! It may be crazy to believe but why weren’t this scientists more excited about this strange phenomenon that was happening in Costa Rica!? I couldn’t tell if they were lazy or in denial. Which I guess kind of makes sense because dinosaurs have been extinct for e very, very long time. But dang! None of them were even talking about it. It’s like they wanted to lock away all this information they were finding and to pretend it never happened! Babies and elderly people were getting hurt and they just ignored it!

Crichton must have been brilliant. I suck at anything science and he broke all the genetic testing and all the different biological things about the dinosaurs down in a language I could understand! I googled him while I was reading the book and did you know he went to Harvard medical school? He was a physician and an author! He went on later to do the screenplay of the TV show ER. I’m not sure if it’s still on but I remember that being a pretty popular show when I was growing up. All of his books seem scientifically based. And I don’t know about his other books but this one got pretty graphic. More graphic than the movie.

On a lighter note we went and saw Jurassic World on Saturday and it was awesome. I thought all the raptor training was interesting. And I like how they made them cuter! They were so much less intimidating in this movie. And then they brought out the T-Rex at the very end. Epic! It was like he was the all American, kick-ass protector of the realm who came and saved the day from the genetically modified snake-tree frog-raptor-chameleon hybrid thingy. Just wait though. he’s going to back in the next movie and mess some s*** up. That’s how it always works. The ending was so great! It was just like BAM! Good guy wins! Chris Pratt was a nice edition to the movie as well. He was looking pretty good in that safari, Indiana Jones garb. I think I could watch just about anything with him in it.