Monday, June 19, 2017
Jaws by Peter Benchley book thoughts
Author: Peter Benchley
Published Date: February 1974
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Source: I bought it
# of Pages: 311
Days to Read: 4
Here is Peter Benchley’s classic suspense novel of shark versus man, which was made into the blockbuster Steven Spielberg movie. The Jaws phenomenon changed popular culture and continues to inspire a growing interest in sharks and the oceans today.
When Peter Benchley wrote Jaws in the early 1970s, he meticulously researched all available data about shark behavior. Over the ensuing decades, Benchley was actively engaged with scientists and filmmakers on expeditions around the world as they expanded their knowledge of sharks. Also during this time, there was an unprecedented upswing in the number of sharks killed to make shark-fin soup, and Benchley worked with governments and nonprofits to sound the alarm for shark conservation. He encouraged each new generation of Jaws fans to enjoy his riveting tale and to channel their excitement into support and protection of these magnificent, prehistoric apex predators.
I don't think I have much to say on this. I read it because it's a classic and i've never seen the movie, so naturally I wanted to read the book first. I'm told the book is much darker than the movie, and it is dark and definitely adult. Neither of which bother me in the slightest, sadly it just fell flat for me.
Most of it I found boring with certain scenes a bit interesting. I didn't connect with any of the characters, Ellen flat out annoyed me, at least until the end. I didn't understand much of it to be honest, nor did I care to figure it out. I think i'll probably like the movie more. I didn't hate the book, but it wasn't for me and I was just bored through most of it. If it wasn't a sort of short classic I would have DNF'd it, but I wanted to finish it just so I knew how it went, so I did. I'm not sure who i'd recommend it to but if you wanna give it a shot go ahead and I hope you enjoy it more than I did.