Hollywood Wants to Kill You: The Peculiar Science of Death in the Movies
'A wonderful book... Delightfully varied... As with all the best science writing, this book doesn't just give answers, it also asks interesting questions.' Daily Mail
'Captivating and intelligent! Who knew death could be this much fun?' Richard Osman
Asteroids, killer sharks, nuclear bombs, viruses, deadly robots, climate change, the apocalypse - why is Hollywood so obsessed
I feel I learned a lot from this, the way it was written and the layout, full of diagrams and jokes and simplistic explanations.
Some topics covered are viruses, climate change, robots, insomnia, plants and many others.
I enjoyed this so much I am buying the partner book Scienc(ish) to go with it.
Such a great read.
I was immediately drawn to this book, because of The Terminator cover and the ideas behind it. As someone who has a serious, sometimes crippling fear of death, anything that can potentially give me some piece of mind about it is a winner.
Each chapter describes different ways us humans could meet our demise and comes with a movie that it references as a basis for the idea. The movie quotes, along with the snippets of dialogue between Rick and Michael, give this book ...more
We learn, how we could , die or live , (but mainly die) with the help of movies, e.g Hollywood wants to kill you...WITH ROBOTS, The Terminator (this was for me, the one that terrified me the most, even though we meet Freddy ...more
I enjoyed this one, it was a fun read and something very different to what i usually read. The format is quite similar to a Podcast feel, split into different sections covering different topics and they are then explored further.
It's an easy to follow read, and i liked the illustrations all through the book, also the movie quotes too. It's filled with facts, discussions and an in depth look at why Hollywood always wants to kill people off in various ...more
The style is chatty and cheeky; best friend in the pub. The language is chosen to be accessible to everyman with the scientific terms carefully explained, often with the support of tables, graphs and diagrams. The slightly ...more
Each chapter describes a potential danger to the world - what can cause humans/Earth to be destroyed. We find out about the possibility of each scenario to happen and what different organisations do to prevent them.
Real-life examples on each scientific topics are quite terrifying and definitely extremely interesting.
Topics are based on movies in which the destruction happens, ...more
I absolutely loved this book!
It appealed to me because of the format and how it was more of a factual book than fiction, I was intrigued! It used humour to make the idea of death quite lighthearted (if that’s even possible?) while still being true to fact. There were some parts that stuck with me and I ended up telling friends and family, I felt like I’d learnt so many new things thanks to this book. It really makes you think ...more
Essentially the book takes on the Hollywood movies and looks at all the cinematic ways we could die on film and dissects the real science behind the blockbuster.
So far I've learnt about Asteroids (thanks to Armaggedon), viruses (Contagion), global warning (many examples), infertility, robots and predators. I have to say it's all been rather interesting.
The science is ...more
The authors cover various topics surrounding our mortal demise. This book starts out strongly with some good chapters, death ...more
The only thing this book is missing is a chapter on zombies. Maybe that's coming in the sequel (please, guys?) Otherwise, it's a highly entertaining read, intentionally kept simple enough for anyone to follow. I can't speak to the accuracy of the entries, but they seem right.
The authors have interviewed various specialists and expert ...more
It covers a lot of common Hollywood death scenarios and translates them into real life scenarios - could an asteroid like the one in Armageddon hit Earth? Could we stop it like they did in the movie, or would there be another way of stopping it?
The book also covers a number of topics like this, and I found all of it very interesting. Yes, it's popular science, but for the ...more
by Charlotte Booth
I absolutely loved this book!
I am not a 'science' person but the way this book is written simplifies the science without dumbing it down.
Each chapter is based on a particular film such as Contagion, Jaws, The Terminator and Nightmare on Elm Street.
Then the 'killer' aspect of each movie is broken down into the science so as to demonstrate how likely the movie scenarios are.
It's true what they say, that true life is scarier than fiction, and ...more
It's not a book that drones on and overloads you with facts, it swaps nicely between talking about certain movies, then the really interesting science information, then back to the film.
It's filled with funny little drawings as well, and what looks like a 'screenshot' of a some amusing text ...more
'Hollywood wants to kill you' is a fascinating read, from the first page to the last. As soon as I saw this book I knew that I would enjoy it, and it did not disappoint. Before reading this book I hadn't considered how death in movies is made to happen or whether they could even happen in real life, now I know. Since reading this I can't look at films the same way. I enjoyed every part of this read, from the cover, to how Informative it was, the topic/art which I previously knew ...more
This was a pretty Interesting read which some really fascinating facts. The book also feature little bubbles from the authors which were funny and broke up the scientific facts. It did get a little heavy at times so the lighter side really balanced the book better. I found the chapter on plants really interesting who knew plants were so clever. The writing ...more
The witty tone of the book was an absolute delight to read - it made for discussions of death to be much more pleasant. (I was a particular fan of the 'text' convos embedded within the book).
Each chapter had it's own perspective to offer and the breaking down of movies (and various means of death) in such a science-y way within each one was both thrilling and ...more
Both have a scientific and writing background and have produced a well written funny witty book.
It takes the most common Hollywood disaster movie subjects and irreverently takes popular films to delve into the science behind how each variety of disaster interacts with mankind and the facts behind it.
I would never have given this book a second look so I am most grateful to Readersfirst in giving me an ...more
It totally exceeded my expectations, instead of just dry facts recounted, the information was witty and so funny it just made me laugh.
Packed full of movie history and facts blended with science this is also a great way of learning too.
It was chock full with diagrams, illustrations, bullet point snippets of information all told with the authors' hilarious banter.
For science and movie nerds this is a whole heap of fun ...more
I loved it, this was laugh out loud funny in the way it was written.
It mixes the history of movies past and more modern films and looked at the science behind some of the storyline.
Viruses, killer plants etc just being a few of the topics covered.
Easy to read and the layout was in bite size chunks making it the kind of book that's easy to pick up and put down after reading a quick section.
The banter between the authors was hilarious ...more
I'm not ...more
This was not a book I would have normally chosen. The cover alone sort of put me off and I tend to choose fiction over non fiction but I am so glad I read this book. The concept gripped me from the beginning and I was intrigued to find out more. Rick Edwards and Dr Michael Brooks take a method / cause of death from predators to insomnia that is regularly portrayed in movies and analyses the possibility of it. They turn what should be a dark, morbid and depressing ...more
The information is easily digestible and told in a humourous way.
This is not my usual kind of reading but I really enjoyed this.
I know a bit about movies but very little about science so I felt that as this is a factual I was learning as well as enjoying thbookis at the same time.
Not at all patronising and told in a way general readers can understand this was a good read and the kind of thing you can just casually read and pick up and put ...more
There was so much to learn in each chapter and I found myself spilling facts even from the segments I was less interested in! Really cleverly written and formatted, almost felt like a ...more