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Analysis Of Alex Garland's Annihilation

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ANNIHILATION & ASSIMILATION Alex Garland’s Annihilation is not Jeff VanderMeer’s. The characters have names and backgrounds, the unimaginable has form, and the Area has a slightly different goal. Aware of Garland’s reputation, VanderMeer knew that what would be onscreen would not quite be his, but he wished it well all the same. “I knew he was going to have his own unique vision of what should happen in the movie. I knew from Ex Machina that he probably had a more of an idea of human behaviour being more rational than I do. So that’s a big difference between the film and the book.” (Gizmorubiks, An Interview with Annihilation Author Jeff VanderMeer!) From the beginning, it becomes obvious that the film will have an overarching theme – Self-destruction…show more content…
This dream he believed was brought on by his continuing thoughts on the Gulf oil spill. The first inkling of this dreaminess is how each expedition enters Area X. Our narrator in the novel, the Biologist, only glimpses it after they have moved along a considerable distance. She’s unsure of what she saw and describes it as “hazy, indistinct… perhaps a gate, perhaps a trick of the eye. Just a sudden impression of a fizzing block of light, fast fading” (VanderMeer, 11). Like a dream, the border’s identity is hard to pin down, its makeup is vague and only leaves an impression. Garland’s interpretation of the border is more concrete, but still visually dreamlike. It’s referred to as The Shimmer and lives up to its…show more content…
This was one of the more jarring changes as the Biologist mentions several times how invested she is in studying them as they are not only words but living organisms. I believe this is one of the strongest markers of the thematical differences of these two works. The words in VanderMeer’s novel are what leads our protagonist to her fate. She gets too close and becomes affected by their spores. Again, she is infiltrated by Area X, contaminated, and so begins her journey to becoming more like It and less like her colleagues. She becomes immune to the hypnotism, she begins to glow, and she begins to identify more openly with the environment and less with the humans. She is being assimilated. The Psychologist too experiences a form of assimilation after her encounter with the creature referred to as The Crawler. Her arm becomes infected and transitions into becoming like moss. Furthermore, the place that VanderMeer dreamed of that inspired Area X was an area of North Florida where he used to hike. The sentimentality combined with the worries that resulted from the Gulf oil spill is what bore Area X as we know it. “But eventually I realized that I created Area X subconsciously to protect an area of the coast that had been threatened by the Gulf oil spill, so it was extrapolated from the threat of the oil potentially never being cleaned up.” (Gizmorubiks,
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