I’ve been on a huge dinosaur kick recently, so I figured it made sense to keep going with this week’s TBR. After taking some time off to deal with life, I’m back, and here to talk about Michael Crichton’s The Lost World.
Most people will recognize the title as the second installment of the Jurassic Park movie franchise, and they’re not wrong. The movie came out in 1997, and stars the magnificent Jeff Goldblum in his iconic role as Dr. Ian Malcolm. It takes place six years after Jurassic Park, when dinosaurs are discovered on another island off the coast of Costa Rica. How? Well, that’s where the park’s science lab was, and life, uh, finds a way.
The book follows the same plot as the movies (obviously, because it came out before the movie). I picked up my copy of The Lost World shortly after finishing Jurassic Park, because I wanted more dinosaurs in my life. However, it’s just been sitting on my shelf, begging me to read it.
I have no good reason as to why I haven’t read this book. In fact, I’m pretty embarrassed and ashamed to say that it’s still sitting on my TBR. I guess the main reason I haven’t read it yet is because I know what happens. I’ve watched all of the Jurassic Park movies too many times.
But that is a pretty bad excuse. I read Jurassic Park even though I’d seen that movie at least 50 times, so what’s holding me back from The Lost World?
Am I worried it won’t live up to the movie? Am I upset because I’ll have to read Dr. Malcolm’s lines instead of hearing Jeff Goldblum say them? Is it because I know once I read and finish it I won’t have any more books in the series to enjoy? Yes, yes, and yes.
I might read this book this summer. Or, I might just keep re-watching all of the Jurassic Park movies. This is the one instance where, dare I say it, the movies might be better than the books, because seeing dinosaurs just way too good.
Does anyone else have controversial comments about the Jurassic Park books versus movies? Let me know! Until then, I’ll keep debating whether or not I should read this dino-mite book.