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Off-Topic: Man V Wild

By John | April 5, 2008

Hint: In the world according to Jon Krakauer, wild always wins.

Last night I made the huge mistake of watching “Into the Wild” in my hotel room. I should have read the book first. I really like Krakauer’s other books, “Into Thin Air” and “Under the Banner of Heaven”, and I was convinced by a friend that “Into the Wild” was the kind of movie that could be seen before reading. After watching the movie last night, however, I think not and now I really must read the book.

Although I love Krakauer’s other books, I just could not seem to get motivated enough to read a story about a young man’s challenge against the Alaskan wilderness. Therefore, I have always put “Into the Wild” on the tail end of a very long list of books I want to someday read. The weird thing about Krakauer and me is that I am the last guy on earth who should even be reading his books in the first place. My closest encounter with the wild occurs when a full-service Marriott is sold out and I have to stay at a Courtyard instead. So, a few years ago, when a friend of mine suggested that I should read “Into Thin Air”, a book about mountain climbing, I told him he was nuts. However, he was persistent, so I eventually gave in, and now “Into Thin Air” is one of my all time favorite books.

Spoiler Alert

So last night after I watched Alexander Supertramp (a.k.a Christopher McCandless) wither away and die in the Alaskan wild, I could not stop thinking how much better Krakauer’s archetypical narrative would have been reading his description of nature’s always-triumphant battle over man . Don’t get me wrong: I really liked the movie, and, if I hadn’t read any of his other books, I am sure I would have probably loved the movie. However, just like I could not image how Hollywood could ever translate Krakauer’s description of his cracked ribs in “Into Thin Air”, I have to imagine I missed a lot last night watching “Into the Wild” before reading the book first. Maybe certain author’s books should never be seen as movies, I am not really sure, but I do know that “Into the Wild” is at least one that should be read before viewing, IMHO.

Topics: krakauer, ot0408, sillystory | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to “Off-Topic: Man V Wild”

  1. patrick Says:
    May 1st, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    McCandless’s story is tragic, but then so many people have benefited from hearing it… a couple of years of hitchhiking and camping made a story that now challenges thousands (millions?) of people to reexamine their lives

  2. John Says:
    May 6th, 2008 at 2:51 am

    Amen brother :)

    Thanks for commenting on this blog