I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
My Copy: eBook
Publication Date: 1954
Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth… but he is not alone. Every other man, woman and child on the planet has become a vampire, and they are hungry for Neville’s blood.
By day he is the hunter, stalking the undead through the ruins of civilisation. By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.
How long can one man survive like this?
I was surprised by just how different this book is from the movie adaptation. There are many, many aspects that differ. They basically only took the main concept from the book and ran with it.
I am a fan of the movie. While I haven’t seen it in some time, I remember it being very good. The book is also good. However, if I were to compare the two, I would say I preferred the movie to the book. That’s not saying that everything was better in the movie, but just overall.
I especially think that the movie was better in terms of the main character, Robert. In the movie, Robert has a ton of personality and adds humour to the story. You root for him, sympathize for him, and want him to survive. He is very likable. However, in the book, Robert is kind of plain and boring. I didn’t find anything particularly likable about him. That’s not to say that I didn’t like him either. I was merely impartial to his character. This made for a disconnection for me to his story. While I was definitely interested in seeing where his story went, I didn’t really care one way or the other if Robert survived.
The concept of the story is incredibly unique. I don’t have much knowledge of how many vampire stories were out when this book was published, but since the story is still unique in the present time, that’s saying a lot for just how one-of-a-kind this book truly is.
The story is also captivating and has twists and turns along the way. The world building is decent. Overall, I thought it was a good book.