Hello all my Malchom’s Woodsmen, Woodswomen, and lava-colored raptors!
Were finally here with the last commentary, and this one is going to be lengthy, so expect to read for some time.
Now, regarding my announcement, that I spoke of last post, I will be posting it here on Thursday!
With that out finished, let get this movable fest on the way!
On The Meaning Of Malchom's Woods
MW is, whether you like it or not, colorful; Each chapter is ever so slightly different, like the colors of the rainbow. The tale is a dramatic, action-adventure, techno-thriller, with horror, sci-fi, and mystery mixed in. And within that, a lot of Biblical subtext along with scientific, and historical explanations. But, most readers may not understand what it is about. What's the meaning? What is the deeper moral, and lesson? It may not be obvious, but it has more than one. I will go over them here, and the most important one, and the one that the story is presenting the most plainly, is that man should never control Nature with ignorance, but we should try to coexist with it.
1. Man and Nature's frayed bonds
Many views exist about the origin of man. The largest, being the Creationist view, shared by Christians, Jews, and Muslims, and other various religions, who believe the universe was created by God, or by a pantheon of gods. The next being the Evolutionary view, stating man that came from Simians that lived in the plains of Africa, who eventually, over a span of two million years, stood upright, and developed skills like no other life form. I am of the first group, specifically the most former of them I mentioned. The reason I state this, is because of the concept of Man and Nature. Michael Crichton, the creator of the JP universe, made the story to be about Man and Nature in conflict, because man tries to screw around with the other force. No matter which view you come from, the two groups used to be together, in harmony. But, over time, a schism occurred, and the two forces split. In the first novel, we see that we should never mess with Nature, but in Malchom's Woods says: We should never mess with it, but should try to heal the tear, as some are today.
The bond between Owen Grady, and Blue is a parallel to Joshua and Ember. However, it's more of a bond for survival, yet still a bond of care for one another. It started out with each of them thinking they were controlling one another, but in fact, they had no control. They just thought they did. And, over time, they seen themselves as companions, like in a pack. Ember is Nature, and Joshua Malchom is Man. We destroy Nature, burning forests, killing animals that are almost extinct, and finally, tamper with their own genetics. But within this, Man and Nature can exist, like we once did, without the problems we seem to have today. No, animal attacks will never stop. No the planet will not stop being used for our use, but we can exist together in a harmony, that is bittersweet. I will get to the Bittersweet part next...
2. Life is like bittersweet chocolate
Let me ask you this: How's your life? You may say it's going well, but other's may say that it is going bad. But the answers giving are right, but not for long. The reason being, that everything in life is bittersweet i.e. everything goes wrong, but it always turns right, or vice versa. You see, Your life may be going very well, but something bad will follow. It can not be changed, at least, not until death. In the Biblical Book of Ecclesiastes, the writer states this in chapter 3, verse 1:
"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under Heaven."
After this, the writer(Who is believed to be a man named Koheleth(A pen name for King Solomon) The Preacher, who was the son of King David of Isreal), goes through a list of times, stating that there is "A time to be born, and a time to die", "And a time for war, and a time for peace". What it is being stated here, is that there is a time for good, and bad. And that after a good time, sorrows will always follow. This is a very consistent theme throughout the tale, and it even is recognized by the main character, and a song in the story, called Bittersweet, plays in chapter 11. The basic moral is that no matter how bad things get, they will get better. And, though things are perfect, you must be ready for the troubles just ahead of you; Just ahead on you timeline called life.
3. Being stubborn can be good, or bad
Joshua Malchom, is stubborn. So stubborn, that he stayed in Glen Rose, even though it may have cost him his life. Even so, it almost did, more times than once. Being stubborn can land you in trouble, but being so can keep you alive. On his road trip of terror, he encounters many things, that, could discourage him from going on. There were many points where he could have just stopped, and stayed where his feet were at. Edward Stevenson is the one to make this clear to him. The old man tells him that he doesn't have to go on. Chances were, he was going to bite the desert dust.
This is the least important moral of the three, but it is still, a moral: You should always choose when to be stubborn at the right times. In the case of Glen Rose, he never would have dealt with the journey, and the tale would never have been. And in the case of Edward, if he had stayed there, he may have missed the chance for even better.
I believe we can all see that MW is much more than a fun fan fiction. I never planned it to be that way at all, though. I just wanted to make a movie, but I couldn't. And then, I wanted to write a short book to see if everyone liked the idea. Sure enough, they did. I never intended for the deep messages to exist. All this time later, I never in my most insane dreams thought that I would be the author of one of the biggest Jurassic Park fan stories to ever be published. All of this, came from the fans, and I thank you all for reading Malchom's Woods: A Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Sequel...