Today I received the book “day of the triffids” from amazon.
This is the front cover:
Lucky me, my book’s cover picture isn’t obscured by the text box, so I get the full monty. Pray, tell me how disturbing is this image! I can guarantee you that I am not thinking “plant spores” or “walking plants” when I look at this image!
Now, imagine: you are walking down a high street, whistling, and then you turn the corner and see … this! Coming towards you! What do you do? And does your answer depend on how big this is?
I think, given previous exposure to ronald macdonald and disney characters on street corners, I would take this in my stride and figure it’s a marketing campaign. Which makes me wonder – I need to read this book in context of the when (let’s use Dark Tower terminology here); I don’t think we have the same fears today. Today, thanks to Bush, the west is afraid of “terrorists”; which now leads me to another thought: If I was in the Middle East, would I also be afraid of “terrorists”, as defined by Bush? Triffids seem to classically simple now.