the film ET is all about the innocence of childhood
and its ability to 'see' without prejudice then The Book
of the Green Planet, the movie's paper-bound sequel, is
a study on the onset
on teen angst and raging hormones.
may be "home, home, home" for ET but the peaceful return from
his adventure is short-lived - the reunion with Elliott, on
his way to becoming the "most terrible thing of all - man",
raises fading memories and expectations.
book is neither fairy tale nor traditional narrative but the
fantasy landscape of ET's home world all makes perfect sense
when your guide is a short, round alien and Gertie geranium.
And it somehow seems so much nicer than the book's glimpses
of Earthbound existence that stand out against the strange
Green Planet as angular and cold.
book is part allegory, part stream of consciousness babble.
but mainly it's a good-natured tale about friendship and memory.
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