Daily Archives: 24/01/2012

Jurassic Park Syndrome

Jurassic Park Syndrome (sic) “To fall out of love with a personal passion & to grow resentful of others, due to excessive publicity and the discovery of YOUR passion by others.”

The year is 1993 and I’m obsessed with Dinosaurs.

Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous. Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus, Stegosaurus. I was fascinated. I’d read books, I’d study them (did you know that a fully grown Triceratops was about 30 feet long and weighed 6 to 12 tons… In contrast a White Rhino is apparently 12 foot & weighs only 2.5 tons), or I’d play with solid plastic models from the Early Learning Centre.

By all stretch of the imagination, I was hooked.

THEN… Jurassic Park came!

All of a sudden you couldn’t move for Dinosaur fans. Even worse was the relentless marketing. Whether it was the collector cards (Which I confess to owning the set of) or the chicken pieces in Dinosaur shapes served in the School dining hall, Dinosaurs were everywhere.

As if by act of rebellion, my passion dimmed and I developed a dislike for those who suddenly loved them. A typical conversation [fictional, but a sound example]:

Person 1: The Dilophosaurus is so cool in that movie.
Me: Did you know that the neck camouflage was added by Spielberg’s guys to make it look more exotic.
Person 1: No… They are so cool.
Me: AAAAARRRRGGGGHHHH!

Put into context that I was 11 at the time, that’s a slightly fictional example of the frustration that engulfed me. By the end of the 1st Jurassic Park, and the excessive hype, my obsession was all but gone… For this, I blame the aptly named “Jurassic Park Syndrome”.

Brave New World

Brave New World (1998) – Originally written July 2003

When I first read “Brave New World” five or six years ago now, I remember thinking about how Huxley was a genius. Whilst not a big fan of his first book “Chrome Yellow”, he still always put a point across. In this film though, they lost a lot of the ideas. I always used to wonder what a film adaptation would be like and not long after finishing the book for the third time I realised that deep down there could never be a decent adaptation. Simply put, despite being over 75 years old, the book still talks of ideas which modern society is scared to accept. For one thing, could you really imagine a major Blockbuster movie in which children played erotic games at the start? In a world where a mild swear word is condemned, that sort of imagery would be instantly condemned & banned. With this in mind, a decent adaptation could never be done. Therefore, it’s admirable that they make any sort of effort to recreate Huxley’s book. However for a book which would influence me in such a powerful way, it’s disappointing they didn’t realise that it’s better to not touch something rather than create a half decent version. Ah well. That’s Hollywood for you.

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