Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner has always been one of my favorite films, but for some reason I’ve never read the book that inspired it. Until now. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick was a great read, but it’s not the same as the film. While many film to screen adaptations tend to disappoint, I found that both the novel and the film it inspired can be enjoyed together or separately despite the differences. In the synopsis according to Goodreads:
A final, apocalyptic, world war has killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending the majority of mankind off-planet. Those who remain, venerate all remaining examples of life, and owning an animal of your own is both a symbol of status and a necessity. For those who can’t afford an authentic animal, companies build incredibly realistic simulacrae: horses, birds, cats, sheep . . . even humans.
I don’t know why I’ve been on an apocalyptic book spree the past year. I call myself stepping away from that in 2013, yet my desire to read this book was strong enough for me to break away from that plan, and I’m glad I did. While I have to admit I found myself comparing the book and film whenever there were similar scenes, it didn’t get in the way of my enjoyment. In fact, I actually enjoyed the differences. If I would mention something disappointing, it would be that one of my favorite scenes from the film wasn’t as great in the book. Other than that, I’d definitely recommend this novel, and you don’t have to be a Blade Runner fan to enjoy it.