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Booking Through Thursday: Stormy Weather


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What’s your book with weather events? Hurricanes? Tornadoes? Blizzards? Real? Fiction? Doesn’t matter … weather comes up a lot in books, so there’s got to be a favorite somewhere, huh?

Taken from the parking lot of my apartment building a couple weeks ago.Other than a book whose title I can’t recall, and don’t remember the author, which had a brownish cover (I think)…I’m not thinking of any books that were specifically about the weather. (This was about the aftermath of some hurricane or flood or something and the devastation it caused an island city maybe near Texas?). Obviously wouldn’t call it a favorite, though it wasn’t a bad read.

Trying to think of stories that had the weather–if not a focus, then a significant part–I think of Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke, which both opens and closes on rain–it’s significant enough that on the original (I believe) graphic novel, even the inside covers had the rain imagery.

Of course, there’s the Bible–and maybe most notably, the story of Noah. Or Jonah. Or Jesus calming the storm.

There’s the FILM The Lion King, and that scene with Rafiki and Simba where Simba sees his father–Rafiki comments on the weather. There’s also the film The Day After Tomorrow. Or Twister.

If we go back to the 1980s and back to comics, during the Crisis on Infinite Earths, you had the “red skies” thing going on, which I supposed would be a “weather” thing. I mean, if the sky turned red and stayed red, beyond sunset/sunrise (red sky in the morning / red sky at night), that’d be kinda worrisome.

There’s loads of symbolic stuff–often talk of a coming/rising storm. I often think of the end of The Terminator where Sarah’s told “There’s a storm coming.” And she replies “I know.” Loaded meanings there. (And I’ll count that as a book, because I read the novelization well ahead of ever seeing the film).

As always, I’m sure there’s plenty that I’m forgetting. But…I’ll wrap here, for now.

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10 Responses

  1. As far as films go, I’m thinking Bambi. The rain and thunderstorm at the beginning, in particular. Of course, there was also the harsh winter. It’s been a while since I’ve watched it, but was there more rain near the end? Definetly a forest fire…
    As for comics/graphic novels, the opening scene of Watchmen comes to mind…or was that just a puddle? Or blood? Or maybe I should go back and look at that first page again… Anyway, Sin City had its share of rain.
    And my brain has stopped since I’ve been awake since 7pm yesterday and it is now 9:30am today… My apologies.

    • I don’t remember Bambi, overall. Saw it as a kid, but it’s easily been 20+ years since I last saw it…

      I’d have to double check Watchmen myself…I recall the blood and such, but the weather might’ve been more incidental/didn’t stand out to me the way it did in Killing Joke.

      Totally forgot about Sin City…haven’t read any of the graphic novels yet, but rain strikes me as a rather appropriate mood-setter.

      I worked over 11 hours today and even later getting home cuz of an errand……no apologies necessary, m’friend!

  2. Twister and The Day After Tommorrow are great weather based films, and I love that line at the end of Terminator 🙂

    My BTT is here.

  3. Twister is one of my favorite movies! Good answers!

    Here’s mine

  4. I agree on all the films.
    I seem to remember a book with a lot of stormy weather taking place in Galveston, Texas. That’s on an island, isn’t it? Anyway, I’ve no idea what the books was called, so it’s really no help 🙂

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