Comparing Eden, Dawn with…?

Eden, Dawn and ComparisonsWriting a review isn’t an easy task. Yes, writing a few words like, “awesome read” or “this sucks” requires little imagination—though I’ll take the former if you don’t have time for anything more 😉

Occasionally, a reviewer will compare the book they’re reviewing to other books or even movies. This can be a lot of fun, of course, and makes for interesting comparisons.

Eden, Dawn Comparisons

Eden, Dawn has been compared to a number of books and movies; some make sense to me, others not so much. I’m thrilled with all of the associations, but I’m not always sure what the reader had in mind when making the link.

On two occasions, the book was likened to the 1954 classic Lord of the Flies by William Golding. I wish I could write as well as Mr. Golding, but comparing Eden, Dawn to a group of boys stuck on an uninhabited island certainly has a few parallels. Throw in man-eating fauna, and deadly flora, and an alien species, and a love quadrangle, and a distant planet … oh, and the end of the Earth … and you’ve got the Eden Trilogy pretty much wrapped up!

For similar reasons, I see the connection one reviewer made to the television series Lost, although I have a confession to make. I’ve never watched an episode! (I did see a few episode trailers, though.) Yeah, I must be the only person on the planet who didn’t get lost in Lost, but Matthew Fox just grates me as an actor. (My apologies to all Fox fans.)

I also get the association some reviewers made with Planet of Apes and Avatar, although more so with the second one than the first. Um, no. Actually, not really. The more I think about it, the more I don’t get these connections aside from some surface similarities. Yeah, so I admit it. I’m a little confused by these two.

One reviewer said it was, “Jurassic Park meets the Hunger Games” and still another said that aspects of the story reminded her of How to Train Your Dragon. Now I’m even more confused. JP was gargantuan; I devoured Hunger Games ravenously, and frayed my Nordic roots with laughter watching How to Train Your Dragon, so I’m delighted with these connections. Just don’t ask me to explain the parallels to Eden, Dawn.

This exercise has been a helpful one to me. I realise that while an author has a certain set ‘idea’ of the book he or she writes (and naively considers it an original), every reader forms their own ‘idea’ of it (and makes connections with other ‘original’ works). Both enter the story (albeit from different sides) and connect with it in ways meaningful to them. And that’s the way it should be.

Of these comparisons, which makes most sense to you? If it hasn’t been mentioned, what book or movie did Eden, Dawn remind you of?

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