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1Dydo
Oct 6, 2006, 4:09pm

...and the likes. Yea or nay?

2dchaikin
Oct 6, 2006, 11:53pm

I read this a long time ago. I enjoyed the first book, it's the movie that pissed me off. Ok, I know we were supposed to ignore the story line and just enjoy the special effects. But,the story was so bad, and the information so misleading... and all the interesting ideas in the book were so badly butchered. Am I the only one that feels this way?

3Dydo
Oct 7, 2006, 12:06am

No, not at all. I mean, I do enjoy the movies, I suppose just for "what they are." All dinosaur movies (yes, no matter how terrible - I *do* own all 11 Land Before Times on DVD) just did/do 'that' for me. I suppose more for sentimental reasons, though.
But, what I mean to say, do you think books/movies like these (no matter how unrealistic) sort of 'introduce' children/people to dinosaurs in ways that wouldn't otherwise occur? I don't know if I would have been interested at all had it not been for kiddy-dino flicks.

4dchaikin
Oct 7, 2006, 7:56pm

Dydo, you have great point. A children's movie doesn't need to have any resemblance of acuracy. That is not the point. Imagination is the point. (Although, it might be too scary for young children...maybe not).

Had I watched the movie first, and not just after I read the book, I would have been much less offended, and maybe even enjoyed the movie. But, did they have to say something like "look how they flock together like birds do, that shows dinosaurs evolved from birds."

5Dydo
Oct 7, 2006, 9:11pm

"But, did they have to say something like 'look how they flock together like birds do, that shows dinosaurs evolved from birds.'"

I cannot even begin to tell you how that made me laugh.

6sinister_wombat
Jan 5, 2007, 5:41pm

Well, the book annoyed the hell out of me because Crichton didn't do his research (I mean, gods, how difficult is it to name a species of basilisk that actually *exists*!?), but I love the movie. Mainly because my fiance and I have turned it into a drinking game ... every time you see something completely and utterly inaccurate - take a shot.

But I suppose the concept's nifty. It's just a pity that Crichton doesn't know enough about the science to write good, hard scifi.