The Day After Tomorrow
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As I am fond of the whole "disaster-movie" genre I had seen the film of which this is the novelization. I found bits of it entertaining, but thought that the wildly improbable subplot about the father trekking through a self-proclaimed apocalyptic storm to find his son was given too much screen time and badly undercut the whole point of the story... though I guess some people would say that was the point of the story with the storm as window-dressing. Oh, well.
The book is quite decent as film-novelizations go, and I liked the fact that it presents more of a balance between the worldwide chaos and tragedy caused by the storm and the personal lives of the central family. It included some chilling tidbits about the highways jammed with frozen heroes - er, victims, sorry, got to channeling Springsteen there! - and how millions of people were going to be frozen in place and lost to view for years, maybe centuries, as the snows deepened; the film managed to gloss over all that more quickly, which was a shame as the imagery would have been most impressive.
The book also put somewhat greater emphasis on the message that, while the earth's climate is in constant flux and could change drastically at any time regardless of what we do, there's a chance that mankind might be able to forestall some kinds of climate shifts if we paid closer attention to what we're doing. How true that is I do not know, but it's something to ponder...
[There's a TV Tropes page on the film, with some entertaining tidbits.]
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