Jaws is in my top three list of favourite movies! Chief Brody is one of my all time favourite characters, and not least because Roy Scheider was just perfect as the aquaphobic police chief living on an island “surrounded by water”. I mean, that right there is a masterclass in character depth! Brilliant.
But on this day, May 6th, 1974, Peter Benchley’s book “Jaws” was published. It’s 49 years old! I’ve read it, and it is quite different to the movie. And then I read it again recently – listening to the audio – and once again, thought about the differences.
I have to say, I grew up with the movie – once my mum allowed me to watch it! – and I do prefer it. But today I just wanted to celebrate the original work, with obligatory images from the move, of course. 😉
In the meantime, I’m having fun with Maratse’s Sea Stories, a little side project to celebrate the occasion. Just like I’ve decided to make November 5th a “V for Vendetta” day. I think May 6th is going to be a new “Jaws” day.