When Peter Benchley wrote "Jaws" in the early 1970s, he meticulously researched all available data about shark behavior. Ove ...more
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Has there ever been theme music used in a film more effectively than for the 1975 blockbuster movie Jaws? A movie so powerful that there are legions of people that have refused to go into the water EVER AGAIN after seeing that movie. I’m not a water person. Growing up in the landlocked Midwest I prefer to be able to see the bottom of whatever body of water I happen to b ...more
First of all Peter Benchley’s 1974 novel Jaws is darker and more complicated than Spielberg’s film. And it was a magnificent motion picture, a work of art with few peers and a production that garnered Spielberg his first high accolades. Benchley’s novel, as are most books, almost by artistic default, is more complex, with characterizations that are developed and interconnected, with a group dynamic that is as interesting as the surface story about a man-eating shark that eats a to ...more
Today I finished reading Jaws and this is all I see:
So . . . Maybe not the best timing!
Jaws is an easy and cheesy read. I have seen the movie before and figured it would mainly be suspense. But, there is a whole lot of melodrama and naughty romance, too. Also, it is very dated and you can just feel the 70s oozing out of the dialogue.
In some cases, the things I mentioned in my previous paragraph might be considered bad. But, in thi ...more
Here's the thing, just don't go in the water when you know people have been killed by a shark. What the hell is wrong with people?
I wish I could have watched the movie again so I could see how much was different in the book. Some of it I don't think even happened ...more
"Relentless terror." - The Philadelphia Inquirer
i mean, obviously that’s ridiculous - this book isn’t even remotely scary, but it’s also not as bad as modern people claim. obviously, opinions/schmopinions, and i’m not defending this as a hallmark of great literature or anything, but it has its charms. most of those charms involve how it feels like a pre-outrage time capsule, with its “hysterical” women and its “faggots” staging a nude dance party and the recurring exploits of a “black gardener” ...more
Jaws the book inspired Jaws the movie, which inspired my wicked, decades-long crush on Roy Scheider (I was convinced we'd be married someday). The movie also terrorized millions of viewers and inspired fear of the ocean and the unnecessary killings of no-one-will-ever-know-exactly-how-many sharks.
The aut ...more
"You're gonna need a bigger boat..."
That line was improvised by Roy Scheider on the day of shooting.
Loved the movie, which is based on Peter Benchley's 1974 novel of the same name. At first, I didn't favour either the movie or the book (which is different to the film), but the further I got into the novel, the less I enjoyed it. So, for me, at least, the movie was definitely superior. I enjoyed reading the book, for the most part - but couldn't get used to some of the ch ...more
“That fish is a beauty. It’s the kind of thing that makes you believe in a god. It shows you what nature can do when she sets her mind to it.”
I’m getting ready to write a sharky review . . . .
Alright. Now that THAT is done, let’s get to the sad state of affairs which is my reaction to the novel Jaws. I’m not going to spend a lot of time on this review – mainly because I’m bummed out. I was sure I would love this b ...more
Both the novel and the movie scared the hell out of people. And some would never go swimming in the sea ever again.
Unfortunately it also made shark hunting a popular sport and the great white shark nowadays is considered as vulnerable.
It’s up for discussion how much of that is actually down to Benchley’s novel and I don’t really want to get into this. Because ...more
Jaws is one of my favorite movies. So it's kind of strange it has taken me this long to read the book. I remember that my brother had the book and I was curious about it, but I just never read it. I remem ...more
Just one year before the release of the movie, Peter Benchley's novel Jaws was published which the movie was adapted from. (Personal confession here: I never watched the movie, so there was nothing I could compare the events in the novel with. I practically went into it blank apart from the knowledge ...more
Okay, that might not have happened.
Jaws tells the story of the people who live in Amity, a small seaside resort town which depends on summer tourists for its income. The town got a comparatively peaceful community, helmed by a gregarious mayor, a working-class police chief and a resourceful editor of the local newspaper. The town is having a hard ...more
The first time I read it was when I was maybe twelve when I had to coax the parents and the school librarian to let me check it out from the restricted section of the library. At that point, I have this vague recollection of my 12 year old self emphatically thinking "WHY ISN'T THE SHARK EATING MORE PEOPLE!!!!" But I started having a love-hate-fear re ...more
A whole generation was scared off from swimming in the ocean by the Spielberg film based on this book. Embarrassingly, I have to say my own reaction was even more extreme. It was the early 90s and I must have been about 7 when I watched Jaws for the first time on VHS, and for an entire week I refused baths because I was terrified little great whites were going to pour out of the faucets and eat my face. I was an especial ...more
Jaws was such a pleasant surprise for me. I always loved the movie, and the novel is so much more than just your average monster book.
I was completely amazed by the characters' depth, and how utterly unlikeable most of them are. Ellen Brody is some sort of modern Emma Bovary, while Harper is a jackass.
Not to mention the mayor who got involved with the wrong kind of people. And because of that, he is willing to let innocent people die for profit.
I like the omniscient point of view. Thi ...more
So please know that I dread saying this, but...
JAWS isn't a very good book.
I take that back--it's a wildly uneven book. Peter Benchley absolutely nailed the shark attack scenes; I mean that sincerely. The moments leading ...more
I liked Martin Brody's character and thought him a well done common person hero! the author also does a good job with the location describing ...more
So what makes him perfectly qualified for this role, well he's got big fucking teeth, swims like a torpedo and has developed a taste for reading swimmers, boats and fishermen. Reading, Woah, autocorrect er ...more
Love. This. Book.
I'm ready for Shark Week!! ...more
Jaws is a 1974 novel by American writer Peter Benchley. It tells the story of a great white shark that preys upon a small resort town and the voyage of three men trying to kill it. The novel grows out of Benchley's interest in shark attacks after he learned about the exploits of shark fisherman Frank Mundus in 1964. Doubleday commissioned him to write the novel in 1971, a period when Benchley struggled as a freelance journalist.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه دسامبر سال 1997 میلادی
A small seaside resort community is terrorized by a man eating shark. The shark has to be hunted down and the question is whether or not the beach should be declared off limits to all visitors. But if that is done,the resort's economy would collapse.
The book has its share of subplots including marital infidelity,which were omitted in the movie.
Peter Benchley writes a mediocre, or average at best, shark story that is fondly remembered by most thanks to Stephen Spielberg. The book is okay, mostly sharky fun weighed down by drama at times, but it can't hold a candle to the greatest shark movie ever made.
So. Truth time. As a small child, think four or five years old, I had a very real fear of being eaten by a shark. We didn't live near water. I was too small to swim and I felt totally safe in the tub. No, these sharks were cartoon sha ...more
But even if you already know exactly what is going to happen, this is still a thrilling, chilling read. You sh ...more
ETA: I like Ellen Brody again. She married "beneath her class" but I believe she really does love Martin Brody - she just had some self-esteem issues and a desire to relive some of her youth. ...more
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