MonkeyShines and Bone Collector

MonkeyShines and Bone Collector

I’m putting these two stories together because they are a similar theme, horror stories using the immobility of quadriplegia to make it scarier. In both cases, the books are far, far superior to the movies.

One thing I really like is that in both stories, the main characters defend themselves. The movie version of The Bone Collector kind-of takes that away, but in the book he defends himself against his attacker. In Monkeyshines, the quadriplegic character is caught in a house alone with a killer monkey (yes, it’s a tad far-fetched). He very impressively uses his teeth to kill the monkey. Of course, MonkeyShines has to have the miracle cure at the end, and the main character recovers completely.

Bone Collector does not fall into that trap. There are a whole series of books featuring this character, Lincoln Rhyme, and he is never “fixed” and he is given a love plotline. One of the complaints about The Bone Collector is that he spends the entire movie in bed. It’s too bad because that is the beginning of the books, where he is still a recluse, but he comes out of that by the end and he starts getting out more in later books.

The authors of both books did good, solid research and portrayed disability in a mostly believable way. The movies, perhaps because they were more rushed for time, didn’t quite pull that off.

MonkeyShines is pretty ridiculous as a movie and The Bone Collector for some reason that I will never understand completely changed the plot and mystery so that it wasn’t even close to as interesting or compelling as the book.

The moral is, read the books, skip the movies!

1 Comment

  1. Melissa
    Apr 7, 2011

    Thanks, Ruth!

    I loved both books (own them both, of course) and you’re right, the movies didn’t pull either tale off. I think I have most of the Lincoln Rhyme series, actually. (No surprise, there)

    I do find the actor in Monkey Shines fascinating for some reason…

    Bone Collector (the book) goes much farther with the physical aspects of Rhyme’s life and the later ones seem to focus more on the emotional/relational.

    Monkey Shines is am interesting read. I’ve gone back to it a few times over the years. I highly recommend it.

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