Whenever I watch a really good movie, or even listen to a good song, I always wish there was some book the movie/song was based on.
For me, reading is the height of entertainment: there are things movies can’t show, and scenes that have to be cut for the sake for time. The book is just better (For example: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Every Harry Potter book, I could go on but I think you know.)
Unfortunately, a quick perusal of Goodreads told me that this particular movie did not have a novelization.
That’s too bad, because there are things the movie didn’t show that a book most certainly would.
1. I’d like to know more about the virus that killed more than 90% of mankind. How is it possible that something that makes apes smarter also kills humans? (I bet Michael Crichton could figure it out).
2. I’d love to expound on the everyday lives of the apes in the 10 years since the virus struck. Including the 2 years since they’d last seen a human. Those woods seemed to be a true paradise. (Perhaps Henry David Thoreau could write that part).
3. The theme of family and father/son relationships is pervasive throughout the movie. The apes were more interesting than the humans (which should probably be expected), but I was still surprised at the sense of family, honor, and duty that the tribe had evolved. (I’m not sure who would be able to do that the most justice- perhaps Ray Bradbury?)
Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments!