Comparing Books to Their Movies-Jurassic Park

Comparing Books to Their Movies-Jurassic Park

"What do they have in there King Kong?"
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For those who have never heard of it, not saying you’ve been living under a rock but you kind of have if you don’t know what it is, the main point of the story Jurassic Park, is that a billionaire creates an amusement park based around dinosaurs brought back to life by biotechnology. He then invites paleontologists to come and preview the park, and then all hell breaks lose. However, before it became the film we all know and love today for its fantastic visuals, great story, and amazing score, it was actually a book that was released in 1990 by the author Michael Crichton,best known for his novel the Andromeda Strain.

There are definite split sides on people who prefer the book to the movie and vice versa. I am one of the fans that prefers the film after finishing the original version of Jurassic Park a few days ago. Although it what was still a pretty entertaining book, this is what I think the main differences are between the two that makes the movie much more entertaining than the novel.

Showing vs. Telling

This can probably be the argument for most people who prefer films to their book adaptations but this is one that I think it stands for the most. If I hadn't seen the film beforehand I would probably have no clue what any of the dinosaurs in the book actually looked like. Also it's sometimes really hard to feel tension in a book when its laced with to much extra information, I don't need an explanation on the exact coding for the computer and why it's not working.

On a positive note though, in both the film and the book the velociraptor kitchen scene gave me chills.

The Characters

These random supply ship guys-

A main, and sometimes forgotten, plot point of the book is that a baby velociraptor escapes on one of the supply ships and somehow, goes unnoticed by the crew sailors for 12 hours until 10 minutes before the ship docks on the mainland. I can definitely see why this didn't make it into the film because nothing happens after they find the raptor and return it back. It just boggled my mind how these supply ship guys never noticed there was a dinosaur below deck killing all the animals on the ship. It's not like they're silent killers.

Tim and Lex (The Kids)-

Sometimes I hear reviewers talk about how child characters are usually the worst parts in a movie, but I think in Jurassic Park,the film, the kids are arguments against that saying. They show reactions that I think anyone would have to nearly being eaten by a dinosaur and they actually acted like real kids.

Whereas the book (sighs), if they had acted like the characters did in the book I could definitely back that saying. Not saying I've ever been in a amusement park where the attractions tried to eat me, but I think I would spend the whole time freaking out as compared to these kids. I know there probably isn't enough time to lose it when you've been attacked by a T-Rex but I feel like you could do more than what these kids did which was usually, throw up then shiver. For example the girl, Lex, she's about 8 and after every attack scary scene she talks about how hungry she is. I'm not sure if that was supposed to be a repeating joke but it got annoying kind of quickly.

Ian Malcolm-

For movie Ian we had a guy who was a comic relief, posed very awkwardly with his shirt open for being injured,


and gave us the main message of the film that "life will always find a way". Now for book Ian, I was so ready for him to either disappear from the plot or just go into a coma as he went into these very annoying and long talks about why "Jurassic Park" was wrong. He was so pompous and cocky about how smart he was. I usually try not to skim through books but it seemed that it was always whenever he talked I just had to get to the last sentence to see what he was talking about in the first place. Which leads to my main reason for why I prefer the film to the book.

To..much...technobabble

Did you like your biotechnology class in high school? Because if you did, this is the book for you. This kind of leads back into the showing vs. telling point, but a lot of the book is technobabble about why something is important. There was only so much that I could take before realizing that a lot of it wasn't necessary. Maybe it's because I'm not much of a science person but I'm totally fine with one sentence answers vs. paragraphs of answers.

Overall thoughts

With all that's been said I still did enjoy the book and it's actually made me appreciate the film more. Not to mention there's also a couple special scenes that I think could've been great in the movie. If you are also a fan of the film like me, I definitely think that the book is worth checking out.


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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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Picking Passion Over Pressure Is The Answer To A Fulfillng Life

Don't crack under pressure, flourish with passion.

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What motivates your actions? The answer to this critical question can determine whether or not you are living a fulfilling life. Many of us follow a social script as if we are reading lines from a play. We succumb to the influence of those around us and roam aimlessly in the direction of the masses.

The concept of living within the confinement of certain "norms" is an expectation society calls us to uphold, and it is not an entirely negative idea. But when life becomes "a series of motions to go through", this expectation can become problematic. When you find yourself stressed out about doing whatever it is you think that you have to do, stop and ask yourself if it makes you truly happy. Are you pursuing your passion or are you just performing under pressure? To find true contentment in your life, pick passion over pressure.

Be an individual before an identity.

When people first introduce themselves to a new friend or group of people, they are quick to jump to aspects of their life that compose their identity. Many of us define ourselves by what it is we do, and not necessarily who we actually are. For example, this can include identifying as a member of a club or sports team or even defining yourself based on accolades and accomplishments you have achieved. While these are definitely adequate ways to distinguish yourself from others, have you ever stopped to look beneath the surface? It is important to know what unique qualities make you an individual and not just a part of a larger entity.

By viewing yourself as an individual, you will find your passions in life more easily and find genuine enjoyment in all that you do. Taking on an identity will only hold you under unnecessary pressure to fulfill a role that could leave you feeling unsatisfied later on.

Become self-aware.

To find out what makes you truly happy, you need to establish a clear sense of who you are. Fostering self-awareness is a journey, and it can be discovered through life experiences. In order to figure out what you love doing, push yourself out of your comfort zone to figure out what you don't love doing. This can mean joining a new club, taking a challenging class, or working in an environment that you are unfamiliar with. Once you begin to discover how you react in certain situations, use these personality traits to your advantage.

Don't make the same mistake twice, and avoid taking on a position that you know would not be compatible with your lifestyle. By becoming self-aware, you will discover your passion more easily and will be able to take on realistic opportunities that will prove to be fulfilling. When you try to become someone you are not, it will seem like there is always a lingering pressure to "keep up the act", and it will be harder to accomplish tasks because you don't truly enjoy doing them.

View outside opinions with a filtered lens.

Don't let others dictate your future. When you make life decisions based on what other people think is best for you, you will be pleasing everyone except yourself. Consciously decide whose opinions are valid, meaningful, and constructive to your life. This can include the wisdom of close friends and relatives, professors, or a boss that has known you for years. By finding out who knows you best and who truly desires the best for your life, you can tune out the background noise and hone in on the few voices that actually do matter.

Place value in what these people have to say, and take the words of others with a grain of salt. Avoid letting irrelevant or negative opinions linger in your mind. If you allow the influence of others to infiltrate your decision making, you will find yourself in many regrettable situations and unsatisfied with the outcome of your choices. By subscribing to the helpful advice shared by those closest to you, you can foster your true passion.

Practice positive thinking. 

You can't find out what makes you happy in life without actually experiencing what happiness is. To discover your passion, adopt a positive mindset. Get out of the habit of mentally putting yourself down, and take the word "can't" out of your thought process. The more mental blocks you put on yourself, the less likely you are to have good experiences. Release your inhibitions and train your brain seek positivity in any situation.

Don't allow minor inconveniences to disturb you, and remind yourself of the saying that "it is only a bad day, not a bad life." In doing so, the positive choices you make will lead you in the direction of your passion so that you can live a fulfilling life.

Be open to new ideas. 

Keeping an open mind will allow you to experience life from a new perspective. Even when something seems foreboding, treat it as a lesson. If you cannot think of a positive quality for the situation you find yourself in, then don't assign your circumstances any qualities at all. If you keep a neutral mindset, you will eliminate the possibility for disappointment. This will encourage learning and growth, which are essential in your journey to finding your true passion.

Being open to new ideas will help you avoid sticking to the status quo. By taking part in something you have never done before, you are less likely to find yourself confined by what others expect you to do.

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