[quote=“Phil H, post:5, topic:1245”]I’m not sure Eidson had the ideas Scherps outlines in mind in his book but I’m a firm believer that the meaning of all art is that which the reader sees in it. We all find different parallels and resonances which make interacting with a particular work (be it a book, a film, a painting or whatever) relevant to our own lives and experiences. Whether the original artist had these in mind doesn’t matter too much in my opinion. The death of the author and all that. If it makes sense to you to see themes in one way and you can explain why, that’s good enough for me. That’s what art is all about. We all have our own interpretations and the work will speak to each of us in a different way.
For my money, it’s a story about the conflicting natures of humanity and those innate ones that finally hold us together. But that’s just me.[/quote]
Totally agree, of course
I haven’t read the book, but it’s was written in 1995 (I just found out), so it’s unlikely he had those ideas in mind
But when Howard made his film, those things where in the news, and personally I immediately understood the film in this allegorical way
‘The family’ is a theme in most of Howard’s work, here the family is threatened by an outside force they do not really understand, and they finally survive because they hold together as family members
But everybody’s free to read something different in it, as long as it makes some sense