BELOW IS A GUEST WRITER FOR JK SAYS. HIS VIEWS DO NOT NECESSARILY REPRESENT THOSE OF JK:
On December 14 of this year “I Am Legend” will be hitting the big screen. It stars Will Smith and takes place in a post apocalyptic world where the spread of a virus changes people into blood thirsty vampires.
Real original huh?
Well this idea was very original in fact, in the year 1954, the book “I Am Legend” was written by Richard Matheson. Matheson has written other books you have maybe heard of like “The Incredible Shrinking Man” and “A Stir of Echoes”.
“I Am Legend” will be the 3rd movie based on the book following “The Omega Man” (1971) staring Charlton Heston and “The Last Man on Earth” (1964) staring Vincent Price. Although these two movies were not very close to the book they were very good for there time.
Being as excited as I am to see the movie I had to go and pick up the book. I’m 15 chapters into it and I it’s amazing I can’t put it down. The interesting thing about it is it takes place in 1976. Remember I said the book was written 1954. It’s so amazing to realize that this book was written 53 years ago and the idea of vampires being done the way they were being new.
Now, from all that I have heard about the movie, it is quite different from the book. Despite the fact of it taken place in 2012 instead of 1976. Robert Neville’s (Will Smith) character is also quite different. In the book, Neville was just another guy who managed some how to survive the plague after the outbreak of this vampire disease hit. In the movie, havingto do with the company he worked for, he is supposedly “the indirect cause” of the virus out break.
Talking to people about the movie,who have already read the book, said that changing the story just a little bit could throw off what the book was about or the whole meaning of it. For example, Will Smith’s Neville and the book Neville I can tell you right now are almost the exact opposite. Some people said that the only reason the Smith was cast is because he is going be alone for half the movie and they need someone with character. My response to this is, “So what?”, the movie also doesn’t take place in 1976 so there are going to be differences. An updated story in a modern time period requires the characters to change personality or the story won’t fit. In saying this though, there are a couple key elements in the story that have to stay or it won’t do what the book did (which I can’t explain with out giving some key elements away so bare with me). No it’s not JUST about vampires, in fact, a lot is about humans and the way we think. Not being able to say anymore about the key elements, I suggest that you read the book.
So over all go see the movie, read the book, ill give my review of the movie soon after i see it.
::jlperson14 is a guest writer for JK Says::