Enjoy the film AND enjoy the book!,
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This review is from: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (S.F. MASTERWORKS) (Kindle Edition)
I have seen the film 'Blade Runner' many times over the years, in it's many variations, and always loved it. The visuals set the standard for all science fiction films that followed, and it seems to create our vision of what the world would look like in the future. But I never got round to reading the book that was the inspiration for all this; until now.
Well, where to begin? As others have pointed out, the book is clearly the inspiration for the film, but the film is clearly not a close adaptation of the book. They are so different that you can really treat them as two separate entities. The world that the book is set in is completely different from that envisaged in the film; it is a dying, decaying place; fit only for the dregs of society; those with nowhere else to go. It is not the glowing, colourful world of the film.
The basic premise of the story remains similar, but virtually everything else changes. The book is more ambiguous, more thoughtful, asks the reader questions without supplying all the answers. The characters are substantially different as well. Deckard is less heroic than in the film, more uncertain, and the androids are altogether simpler beings, almost one-dimensional, and I don't mean by this that they are badly written, I think this was quite deliberate on the author's part.
Overall, the book is a great read. I have to admit that if you have seen the film, you cannot help letting that colour your mind while you are reading. However, the book is still definitely worth trying; it will make you think.