First Published: 1996
Source: Thrift Store
Wow, I keep saying that I’m back and on schedule and then continue to post erratically and not at all on schedule. I was supposed to post this yesterday, yet, alas, here I am posting and it is nowhere near yesterday.
Oh well, what can you do? Not much.
Anyway, if you follow me on Instagram, you may notice how much lately I’ve been talking about the movie Twister and what it means to me. If you don’t follow me on Instagram (first of all, you should! 😛 ), the answer to the previous statement is A LOT.
So, when I came across this book at the thrift store for 25¢, I had to pick it up. How could I not?
This is the shorter, abridged version of The Science of Tornadoes as told by Keay Davidson. In this short novel he discusses what causes tornadoes, how they affect the midwest, especially, and fun little tidbits of how the movie makers brought these humbling storms to life using digital effects and strange tactics.
I don’t have too much to say about this book, as I felt pretty indifferent about it. It was interesting, but, as it was published 20 years ago, sorely outdated.
I was also hoping it would focus more on the making of the movie, but Keay talks mostly about tornadoes. This wouldn’t be bad if that’s what I would have been expecting from the book. Don’t get me wrong, it was still all super interesting to read about. I love nonfiction and reading about natural disasters. (That sounds weird, but I swear it’s not! I’m just fascinated by the supreme power nature holds.)
It was also interesting to read about all the developments that were happening during the time and how they affected the movie Twister. I was only 4 years old in 1996, so I didn’t know much of what was going on and how technology was changing. That was pretty neat to read about.
Still, I didn’t find that I was dying to pick this book up after each time I put it down. Once again, it’s because it was outdated and mostly scientific. It’s not because Keay’s writing was bad or boring, it’s just because I wanted to be reading a different book.
I did like having a moment while he talked about feminism and what this movie did for young girls and women who wanted to pursue careers in science and storm chasing. That’s one of the biggest influences this movie had on me as a child. Helen Hunt’s character is fantastically her own person with her own, unique flaws. I honestly wanted to be a storm chasing when I was in 5th grade because of this movie.
Of course that changed, but the important thing is that I thought of it as a possibility. There was nothing standing in my way. Because of this movie I really felt I could have done that if I wanted to. That’s why this movie is so important to me and also why I had to buy this book.
Overall, however, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this book. It was alright and interesting, but not something to particularly search out and read, unless you are really into weather…or this movie.
That was a pretty short review, so here’s a short story about a little side-journey I took while on my 2016 solo road trip. If you follow me on Instagram, this will be familiar. If you don’t, enjoy. (Or don’t. I’m not here to force you to read anything you don’t want to.)
“Yesterday I drove 40 miles out of my way to Wakita, Oklahoma just so I could see his awesome little place. I had high hopes for this tiny “museum” (I put the quotes around it because the word museum is a bit of a stretch) and it did not let me down.
I mentioned a few days ago in another one of my Instagram photos how much this movie meant to me as a child and how much it continues to be a part of me.
Being in the town where parts of the movie were filmed and hearing about some of the awesome history of it all was more than I could have imagined it would be.
This museum has been open for nearly 20 years now (anniversary May 14th) and it remains a cool little place for fans to visit. Plus, the owner was incredibly nice and was around when the film was being made, so she had all kinds of neat facts to offer.
As if this wasn’t enough, my journey there had a very awesome moment. The drive was one road in the middle of nowhere going through only 1 town and fields and ranches.
I’ve spent most of my trip sharing the road with either no one else at all or passing the occasional truckers. This road was no different.
I hardly passed any cars, only a few here and there and never together in groups.
Then, out of the blue (quite literally, as the sky was so clear) comes an entire slew of trucks and 2 vans. The truck in the lead was a shiny red one and the whole ensemble looked like a scene right of the movie.
I kid you not it was scarily similar. I took it as a good omen as I was on my way to the museum, and I nearly cried right then and there knowing that the universe had given me such a fantastical spectacle.
What a magical addition to my #soloroadtrip“
That does it for today. Does this movie mean anything to you? I can’t believe it turned 20 this year! I’m so old!
Up Tomorrow: Friday Favorites