17 December 2010
I Am Legend
It was a hard decision, but I won't give away the ending. Sure, you've had over fifty years to read it and you probably saw the Will Smith movie, but I won't do it. If you do want the ending ruined and are curious about the latest adaptation, check out this entertaining article. I don't think I could have said it better and I don't think I'd want to. I saw I Am Legend in the theater when it was out, left with a resounding feeling of "Meh", and never felt the need to watch it again.
But the book I could read again. It is a book often cited as inspiring both films and books in the horror genre, but I think even someone squeamish could read I Am Legend. It's not all blood and guts, it's the struggle to survive when you are the only one left. There are some action scenes and some vampires get killed, but the novel doesn't feel violent. That doesn't make it any less scary. It's terrifying because more than physically surviving, the book is about mentally surviving--convincing yourself to go on living when you're in a situation that can never get better.
The book explores the idea of morality. How is it defined? Does being the only human left change anything? But it does so in a thought provoking way that isn't preachy, but sticks with you. There wasn't just a twist ending, there was a meaningful ending and I can already tell that this is one of those books that will haunt me long after this post is published.