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Jaws by Peter Benchley
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The best part about the book was the one time when the Great White Shark leaped from the ocean and shouted: Don't Hate The Player, Hate The Game!



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 time, but the hard-working people of the town are making the best of it.

Enter the Shark.



But wait! There is something even more sinister lurking around in Amity. Behold THE SOAP OPERA.



It's tough to create a perfect creature feature story. Most of the time, the writers focus on creatures/horror tropes and forget to build solid human characters. A perfect story is supposed balances human characters and creature fun perfectly, which Jaws was able to accomplish in the first act: A bloody introduction to action, a great spectrum of characters, and intriguing small-town politics.

But the middle portion of the story is less captivating... no, scratch that, it is boring compared to the opening act. At one time, this was how my brain was reacting to the story:

"Don't do that, girl! You can't have an affair now! "

"Oh, you sly dog. There is more to this than meets the eye, isn't there?."

"Family Drama, Gaaaaaah"

"Gangsters? What gangsters?"

"Wait, wasn't there supposed to be a shark somewhere in the novel?"


The final act is action filled, and all the shark attacks are fun to read, but at the end of the day, Shark gotta do what a shark gotta do, and it was the flaws of human players which held the story back.

And yup, the movie is much better than the book. Go Spielberg.
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Reading Progress

November 8, 2017 – Started Reading
November 8, 2017 – Shelved
November 8, 2017 –
page 160
50.0% "Jaws AKA The story of a misunderstood Great White Shark

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November 10, 2017 –
page 250
78.13% " The misadventures of misunderstood great white shark continue!

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November 13, 2017 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Supratim (new) - added it

Supratim Nice review, Sr3yas! I have read a couple of books (average at best) by the author but not this one.


message 2: by Ginger (last edited Nov 13, 2017 09:04AM) (new) - added it

Ginger Great review Sr3yas! Don't hate the playa, hate the game. hahaha


Carol (Bookaria) I didn't even know there was a book! Great review!


message 4: by Jody (new)

Jody Awesome review Sr3yas! Haven't laughed that hard at a review in a while. I will take your advise and watch the movie again instead of reading the book though. :D


Sr3yas Supratim wrote: "Nice review, Sr3yas! I have read a couple of books (average at best) by the author but not this one."

This one is THE most famous work by the Author! Have you seen the Spielberg's award-winning movie?!


Sr3yas Ginger wrote: "Great review Sr3yas! Don't hate the playa, hate the game. hahaha"

Ahaha, Thanks, Ginger! I saw the SNL clip featuring Jamie Lannister recently and couldn't get it out of my head :p

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6jk6...

Lannisters represent, Cuz!


Sr3yas Carol (Bookaria) wrote: "I didn't even know there was a book! Great review!"

Thanks, Carol! I only came to know about the book last year!


Sr3yas Jody wrote: "Awesome review Sr3yas! Haven't laughed that hard at a review in a while. I will take your advise and watch the movie again instead of reading the book though. :D"

Thanks a ton, Jody! Spielberg did a great number with the movie, he cut down all the boring subplots and made it more fun!


Sr3yas Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ wrote: "🌪🦈🌪"

Thanks, Mel :) :) :)


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Someone Loved the review!


Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin 😄 I was hoping you would catch that 🦈


Sr3yas Someone wrote: "Loved the review!"

Thanks, Someone! Cool Username BTW :p


Sr3yas Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ wrote: "😄 I was hoping you would catch that 🦈"

Sharkandooooooooooooooooo?????? :p


Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Yessssssss! 😂🤣🌪🦈🌪


message 16: by [deleted user] (last edited Nov 15, 2017 02:55AM) (new)

"Come down here and chum some of this shit"😂😂😂

Yes!!! Yes!!! I did wonder if you would attack the "sub plots" haha!!! Really dragged the overall feel of the book down although i did titter at the cat part, ooops, sorry haha. Great review Sr3yas!!😌


Sr3yas Craig wrote: ""Come down here and chum some of this shit"😂😂😂

Yes!!! Yes!!! I did wonder if you would attack the "sub plots" haha!!! Really dragged the overall feel of the book down although i did titter at the ..."


Ahaha, thanks, Craig! I mean, they actually put a hit on a cat!? That's just low, even for gangsters :p I imagine they brought in a specialist from Russia to do the deed :p


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