If you’ve seen what’s out there… it’s already too late.
Malorie raises the children the only way she can: indoors, with the doors locked, the curtains closed, and mattresses nailed over the windows.
The children sleep in the bedroom across the hall, but soon she will have to wake them and blindfold them.
Today they will risk everything. Today they will leave the house.
I wish I knew this was a book before I watched the movie on Netflix, because I think watching the movie first kind of ruined the book for me in this case. Bird Box really did transfer better on screen. Usually, reading the book gives me insight and background information that they didn’t put in the movie, but that was also not the case here.
Both the book and the movie follow extremely closely so, in a way, reading the book was exactly like watching the movie but in slow motion (and plus Tom and Malorie don’t end up a couple in the book, which is dissapointing, although Malorie still talks about Tom like she was in love with him).
One major issue I have with both the movie and the book is the way both disability and mental illness was represented. Mental illness was seen as something that made you “immune” to the demons or…whatever the heck they were, because they were already invaded by demons or because they were already crazy, the reasoning isn’t all that clear. Mental illness already has a representation of being violent and harmful, so this was just encouraging the unfair stereotype.
In the book, being blind was referred to as a “horrible burden”, which doesn’t make any sense because throughout the whole book and the movie most people spend their lives not being able to see, even if they do have the choice to take the blindfold of when they’re inside. Being able to see kills you and, although Malorie does briefly talk about how she wishes her children were blind to help them, it’s not really talked about that being able to see could also be considered a horrible burden. I mean, you see, you die. Now that is unfortunate.
The writing style was also…so monotone. It was actually a struggle to get through, even though the words were large and it was a short read. I loved the movie, despite the problematic elements, so this was a dissapointment.
To summarise, I might have liked it better if I read the book before I watched the movie, but as it goes I would reccomend the movie over the book. And I wouldn’t usually say that.