Reviewing a classic is rather strange for me. It’s like reviewing Oliver Twist, when almost everyone knows what it’s about, due to movies, TV show references, and most recently in commercials urging kids to use manners.
When people think of I Am Legend , they usually don’t know it’s a book, and just know it’s a post apocalyptic movie where most of the population has been mutated into vampires, and Will Smith is the last man standing, blah, blah, blah.
The movie was great, I admit it. But that was before I read the book. And like every other movie supposedly based on I Am Legend, like The Last Man On Earth and the very horrendous The Omega Man, the movies seem to exclude many of the main points that make the novel so great. I hope they actually make an accurate movie based on the book someday.
Richard Matheson deserves a better movie adaption.
Ok, now enough about the movie and on to the book. The book is set in the late 1970s. The world was decimated by a horrible virus, that turns men and animals into vampires. Robert Neville, the last man, as far as he knows, is fighting to survive. The book deals mainly with Robert’s internal struggle with insanity, which Matheson handles beautifully.
I don’t want to spoil the main points, so I urge you to read the book. 🙂
Overall, I give the book 5 out of 5 stars!
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