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Re: Dinosaur themes in science fiction
I've found that if there is a "Lost World" scenario, what draws the
explorers there in the first place is often what reflects the desires
of society when they are written. The story often ends up reflecting
what society has lost.
In the original Kong it was about Hollywood escapism during the
depression, with undertones of modern girl power. In the 70's version
it was about crude oil and the genesis of conservation. I could only
stomach the 2000 version once, and Ive tried to erase it from my
memory so I can't remember what that was about except special fx.
Heck, maybe that WAS what we all want.
Nowadays is is often about an untouched land, safe from the modern
influence of man and the heroes often desire to leave it that way
whereas villians want to exploit it.
Dinotopia is another interesting example. It is mostly Gaia theory and
a desire for man to realise we are all part of something greater.
"Breathe Deep Seek Peace" , hence the books have little or no conflict
at all. Dinosaurs are no longer the monsters.
I actually wrote a paper on this in college with a bunch of
examples. I dunno where that is.
On Dec 15, 2007, at 6:33 PM, Joe Gilvary wrote:
I'm looking into themes that have shown up in dinosaur science
fiction, like the genetic recovery idea from "Our Lady of the
Sauropods" and "Jurassic Park," or the "dinosaurs survived in a
remote places" theme that's shown up over and over again as in "Lost
World," "The Valley of Gwangi," "Baby," "Dinosaur Summer". What are
some of the most impressive ideas in fiction regarding dinosaurs?