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Moreau, it is a comparison that lies in the experimental, animal-human hybrid. Finally, while The Time Machine may be more of a stretch, there is a certain aesthetic of confusion, of the unknown that Vandermeer is able to adopt for Annihilation. Secondly, there is the idea of metafiction, which is a literary technique that finds the text being self-referential, pointing itself out as a fictitious creation.

While Annihilation takes itself seriously, the biologist readily admits that she withholds information. The biologist tells us herself that her journal, which comprises the text that we are reading, is not completely reliable. More important, as a New York Time Review points out, there is something of a similarity in appearance between the lighthouse keeper and Jeff Vandermeer himself LeClair. The dual metafictional nature of Annihilation can be unwieldy, but, if looking for it, it can be found. In Annihilation, we see the collage effect in the elements of horror, suspense, gothic literature yet to be discussed , science fiction, and postmodern included in the novel.

Moreau and Paradise Lost are not necessarily incorrect but, instead, hint at the shared literary heritage of the texts.

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Fragmentation and paranoia are massive concepts in Annihilation. Her paranoia is not unfounded as all sorts of creatures and hazards lay scattered throughout Area X.

Still, the biologist comes up with all kinds of theories as to just what is going on, and her paranoia infects the reader enough to lead him or her down all kinds of roads. Fragmentation refers, simply, to the breaking up of the story in various ways. The fact that the narrator is incredibly unreliable and shifts between the present and the past adds to the idea of fragmentation as the reader is always on uncertain footing. Interestingly enough, the style of prose features little in the way of fragmentation, as much of the fragmentation resides not only in the manner in which the story is told plot-wise, but in the chaos of Area X itself.

In a way, though, the text of the Crawler is dispersed throughout the text, unmistakably representing a type of fragmentation. Though other characteristics of postmodernism exist minimalism, maximalism, irony, black comedy , not all are readily found in Annihilation. Still, the last characteristic of postmodernism to explore in relation to Annihilation, and perhaps most complicated to initially grasp, is the idea of hyperreality. Baudrillard describes hyperreality as the reduplication of reality through different means, ultimately resulting in a dissipated reality In other words, the hyperreality is a simulation of reality that is so detailed and so realistic that no seams between the two can be found.

The psychologist alludes to the members of the expedition having an altered view, offering to lift the view so that the biologist can see, but the biologist declines. Later on in the novel, the biologist wonders about the true nature of what is around her, a recognition of the possibility that what she sees is only a simulation of reality and not reality itself.

Finally, in an odd way that may be a bit of a stretch per the definition of the hyperreal , the reader is brought into this idea of the hyperreal, having spent over a hundred pages reading what may assumed to be a factual account only to be confronted with the reality that what he or she has been told is only a representation of the truth.

Put in a rather simplistic manner, Bowers claims that definitive gothic characteristics are a mystery around which the text revolves, a mistake, and the presence of emotions such as fear and anxiety.

A Travel Log of Literary Wanderlust

The mystery central to Annihilation is not just a singular mystery. Vandermeer leaves the reader in the dark regarding much of the backstory of the novel. Of course, the reader is limited by the first person narrator, the biologist, who proves to be unreliable, but the narrator herself is also limited in her knowledge of Area X and the events that occur and have occurred. As the novel goes on, further mysteries only pile on, and though some mysteries are solved, the novel ends on a note of ambiguity with several mysteries left unsolved, at least as far as the reader knows.

Instead, the biologist plans to move further into Area X in an attempt to learn more of what occurs beyond the border. Annihilation is filled with feelings of paranoia and anxiety. Area X itself is a formerly human-occupied area ruins—ring a gothic bell? Aside from the many ruins and human-shaped plant growths in the destroyed homes, the macabre scene in the lighthouse has the reader preparing for a grisly find that ultimately never comes.

Even if the narrator feels calmer and prepared, the reader still fears for her after having seen what the Crawler is capable of, as well as witnessing or hearing of the ill-fates of the surveyor, psychologist, anthropologist, and 11 prior expeditions.

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In having the biologist become calmer, Vandermeer cleverly plays with conventions—the biologist becomes calmer while the reader becomes only more anxious. As discussed, Area X is filled with ruins of various kinds. A village lies torn to shreds, partially submerged in swamps and lakes. The tower is an odd stone structure that is drenched in darkness and foreboding, almost-Biblical sounding text written in fungus.

The lighthouse is home to the remnants of a bloodbath covered in dust and a secret trap filled with hundreds of journals from previous expedition members. The novel also includes a terrifying walk through the night during which the narrator nearly comes face to face with a molting humanoid mutation inclined to plaintively howl in the night. While the biologist does not represent a traditional fallen woman, her transformation is still a fall of sorts when compared to typical norms of society.

The setting of many gothic novels often becomes a kind of character in the novel through characterization, interaction with the protagonist, and some kind of shift. In Mark Z. The main protagonist, Will Navidson, becomes obsessed with the home, ultimately determining the course of his life as well as the lives of several of his friends and family members.

Instead, the characters interact with the setting itself. As described, Will Navidson becomes obsessed with the home, ultimately focused on fighting it.

The biologist in Annihilation not only is infected and transformed by the spores, but she interacts with Nature itself in the form of the Crawler and various other creatures present in Area X. An early journal even recounts the building of outer walls around the light house to help repel the sea.


I'm quite glad not to have read the book so I could watch this without being in compare and contrast mode. I absolutely loved it. Visually stunning, tense and well acted. I actually think this is one of if not the best movies I've seen in years. I don't want to be that nerd guy who links everything back to games - is the prominent lighthouse imagery a reference to Bioshock?

I thought this was brilliant, right up there with Arrival, Under the skin and Upstream color for best sci-fi of the xes. I've got so much to say about it I'll have to come back at some point and have a proper crack at it. Mostly I loved how it was so open to interpretation. I can imagine a thousand different people all having a different take on it and none of them agreeing, but all of them finding each other's ideas interesting.

I think this was pretty by the numbers, standard sci fi fare and not a patch on those films, which I love. I completely loved this. Geoff Barrow's soundtrack coupled with the visuals towards the end got me going. Such a huge shame it didn't get a cinema release over here. I loved the book and I think it did a pretty good job at adapting it as a film. Benedict Wong is a staple sci fi actor these days mind isn't he, doing his Alex Yu from Prey voice. I haven't seen 'Upsteam Colour' so can't comment but would agree that it is more in line with 'Arrival' than 'Under the Skin'. I think this successfully showed what a true alien encounter could be like.

Wouldn't be surprised if Alex Garland did have game references in mind, he's famously an avid fan from wayback of a certain shooter. Well, like I said, I really think you take away from it what you bring to it. It's ambiguous to the extreme, whereas the other films we've mentioned aren't very ambiguous at all.

Even Solaris and Stalker are more straightforward than this in their meaning and metaphor. The film mentions cancer, dementia, depression, guilt, grief etc. But you can hang almost anything on it. I could have done with some more weird encounters over a longer running time though, sounds like I need to read the book.

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Honestly I really just meant the fact that it was blamed on ex Just seemed a bit unoriginal. Plus the big reveal in the very last scene has been done so very many times before. I know you're probably gonna say actually it was more to do with the evolution etc etc but at the end of the day it was still just ex I'm hesitating whether to read Book 1 again before watching this. If you are converted into reading as a result of watching, do read all 3 parts of the trilogy since it is one whole rather than sequential stories.

Come to think of it the very final scene has been done so many times in the past Family Guy have parodied it about 20 times. Watching it, all I could think was that it would make for a far better game than it has a film.. A bit shit I thought. That last 20 mins though were gold dust. I honestly thought that the last 20 mins were what let it down. Its all subjective I suppose. Just a matter of perception and opinion.

I thought for a bit that the copy had escaped and it was the copy being interviewed by Wong.

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Eg lame twist. But it's fairly clear it isn't if you watch closely enough, there's never a moment for them to swap places in the edit. The copy seems to learn empathy from Lena for the husband right as it dies.