Review (And Movie Comparison): Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Monday, June 15, 2015

Title: Jurassic Park
Author: Michael Crichton
Pages: 448
Genre: Fiction; Science Fiction; Thriller
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday (Random House)
Pub. Date: November 28, 1990

I saw this movie when it first came out and I was 10 or 11-years-old. I loved it. But in recent years I had been interested in reading the book. My husband apparently did read te book back then even tough he was only about a year older than me. So, in anticipation of the new movie, Jurassic World, coming out, he and I decided to do our little read-a-long of Jurassic Park.

I'm sure when I saw the movie at 10ish, I didn't understand all the technical aspects of the movie (nor did the movie go into it as in depth as the book). The first half of the book focused on explaining how the concept and creation of Jurassic Park came along. It was fascinating and realistic enough that it made me think that it is something that is totally possible! This first half of the book, despite not really having any dinosaur appearances, had its own tension. The build up to the second half of the book was thrilling in its own right. There was also great use of foreshadowing.

Then the second half had tons of action, as things at the new park start breaking down just like the scientist said it would. Just when I thought it was done, there was more to be had. I really enjoyed this book and can see why it was chosen to become the blockbuster it did.

Jason and I recently re-watched the movie. Neither of us had seen it since the original release. We boy enjoyed it still all these years later. It followed the book pretty well, obviously having to leave some things out though. They also killed off/kept different people than the book, but it all worked!

Jason and I will be heading down to Universal/IOA in the near future for our "water ride day" which includes the Jurassic Park ride! There's new excitement for the ride since we read the book and re-watched the movie.

We also went this weekend and saw Jurassic World.. so stay tuned for my upcoming review of that!


Mariz Denver said...

The book was a fun adventure with just enough science talk to make the story plausible. The movie version may have changed some things around, it still managed to keep the integrity of the book. Although, the two endings were very different… So different it made me think about The Lost World and of course now I’m reading that.

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