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The Day of the Triffids (Latter version) is quite good [message #74602] Sun, 26 May 2013 21:07 Go to next message
brad is currently offline  brad
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I don't know what "ARTS-TV" is, but I assume you are referring to
the 6-part BBC-TV series they showed up here a couple of years ago.
I have to agree it is quite good.  You can't call it a remake, because
the 60s movie was unforgivable schlock, that had nothing to do with the
book.

The TV series follows the book plot quite closely, although the character
of Josella Playton is not the same.  (In the book she's the author of a
mildly risque book, "sex is my adventure".  In the show she has less
character and is simply a frightened young London woman)

The triffids are incidental in many ways to the book and the movie except
at the end.  I do admit this makes the title odd.  At the same time, however,
they DO add a valuabe thing to the story, so I'm not sad that they're there.

The message at the end of the story (I suppose this is a
			SPOILER)

Is that mankind has brought about his own doom, but by building the blinding
weapons and by breeding the triffids into a possible role as successors of
man.  They add an element of suspense, and provide a common foe for man
to unite against later to some extent.

John Wyndham (I can't recall if that's the spelling) was one of the authors
who turned me on to SF when I was young.  Did he do the same of others?

I later movied into Heinlein, Clarke and Asimov, but I stared with him.
Hats off.
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	Brad Templeton - Waterloo, Ontario (519) 884-7473
Re: The Day of the Triffids [message #117447 is a reply to message #74602] Mon, 23 September 2013 18:03 Go to previous message
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>How can you call Day of the Triffids a bad Sci-fi movie? I thought it was
>quite good and it is certainly far above the likes of Mars needs women, etc.
>M. McCann

The reason why it is so bad is that it deviates from the book so much.
The BBC produced a series based on the book which (as I recall) followed
it more closely, and was much, much better.

        Tim Bissell, University of Warwick, UK
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