I’ve begun reading “I Am Legend” by Richard Matheson out of preparation for the movie release. It’s hard not to say that what the book is about seems to be nothing like what the previews I’ve seen portray. True, you have the “last man on earth” thing going, and there were references to a disease, something involving martial law imposed on what looked like NYC… but zero about vampires. It’s a little irritating when producers or directors or whoever is responsible for making the decisions doesn’t trust that the actual story will be enough to draw an audience, and so lie (mostly by omision) about the plot, leaving enough interpretation space open to allow for other possibilities. Had Jeff from class not turned me on to the novel that the movie (presumably) is based on – published in 1954 no less – I don’t know if I would have had to opportunity to investigate this direction.
There’s a question swirling in my head involving the possibility of allegory. But it hasn’t grown into anything yet.