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Dawn of the Dead

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (March 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312333986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312333980
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,370,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Simply this: The film, DAWN OF THE DEAD, changed my life back in 1979 when I was a kid. I honestly and truly never have been quite the same since. Seriously. The film novelization sticks relatively close to the actual film, though does add some interesting little expositionary passages, conversations, and character motivations--not to mention a bit more background into the characters' lives. If you love the film you'll definitely love the novel! It's gripping, chilling, and mind-bogglingly exciting and addictive. What a story and what an epicly grand and inspired stage Romero chooses to play it all out on! Amazing stuff...at once nightmarish and bleak, yet also life-affirming, hopeful, and humorous. Tell me Romero isn't a genius (this and NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is all the proof I need!). This book is just a rousing rollercoaster ride--as is the film. I eat, drink, and sleep this novel (and the film, which even inspired me to publish a bi-monthly zine devoted to it), and you will too. A masterpiece!
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This book was purchased in Used, Very Good condition; this was a very accurate description. The seller (Leslie J Rawlins) is a great person to buy from.

For all zombie fans in the know, the original Dawn of the Dead came out in 1978 (via George Romero). In fact, George Romero (and his wife) played a small part in the beginning of this movie (as workers at WGON). The 2004 remake was pretty good, but IMHO, the original will always be the best version. This book pretty much covers what the movie presented. There are some changes as compared to the movie, like the name of the Department Store that was frequented was called "Porter's", whereas in the movie it was "Penney's", and the Porters store had a drop-down gate, vs. Penney's pivoting glass gates. They also stored the "re-killed" dead in a different place other than the refrigerator unit shown in the movie...

There are some other differences which I won't go into, so as not to spoil it for anyone that hasn't read this book yet. Suffice it to say, the differences do not detract from enjoying both the movie AND this book.

Buy with confidence, as this book is a worthwhile purchase. It will be read often, and kept amongst my collection of zombie material.
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As a the George A. Romero film, I was actually expecting more from this novelization. Simply put I love that Simon Pegg wrote the intro, very interesting to see a fan of the film give his opinion and story about a film that influenced him. For this I gave it two extra stars because I love Simon Pegg, but as for the story, well that's something totally different.

The book starts out strong with Fran's nightmare before elbowing us into the frenzy of the TV station as the film did showing the desperation of the TV crew forced to stay on the air during a crisis. There are a few departures from the film that make it interesting, though much of the dialogue has changed a bit and given a bit more suspense and tension. As the book progresses through toward the eventual meeting of our protagonists, we get to see little bits like Philadelphia's empty streets filled with the walking dead and even an extended battle for the Project 107 with Martinez and his group duking it out with the Philly PD's swat units. Even the extended portion of the infamous basement scene really adds something to the direness of the situation.

Further expanding on the film were bits about the countryside and the posse's out shooting the living dead, but it is when we get to the mall that things began a downhill slide. The remainder of the book feels like a beat for beat repeat of the film's middle to ending without much context. Here the author could have slowed down a bit to give us more insight into our heroes, but it soon became wasted effort. As we close in on the Grand Guignol Finale of the film, in book form it feels incredibly rushed and that half the time you don't even realize what is happening.
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I have always been a huge fan of George Romero and his zombie films. "Dawn of the Dead" is my all-time favorite of those and also my favorite zombie film, so when I saw this on sale a few weeks ago I was excited to read the companion novel so I immediately bought it and was anxious to start. However, it didn't take very long to realize the long, ponderous task I was about to endure. While I love the film, and always will, the book is nothing but a retelling of the movie. There is no real new development of characters or story, merely a scene by scene recreation of what you will see in the film. The only difference is the film can be viewed in a few hours whereas the book...well...

Though Mr. Romero is a wonderful screenwriter, director, and producer, he is not the best at novel writing. If you've never seen the classic film, my suggestion is to watch as soon as possible. If you are an avid or casual fan of the film...watch it again! Please, just skip the tedious task of reading this novel. There are tons of wonderful zombie novels out there, like "Dead Sea Games" by J. Whitworth Hazzard or "Vacation" by Matthew Costello.
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