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Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park is the title of Michael Crichton's best-selling novel (1990) and its popular film adaptation by Steven Spielberg (1993). In the story Jurassic Park is the name of the theme park placed on a tropical island where millionaire John Hammond plans to exhibit live dinosaurs created out of fossilized DNA. Following the technophobic discourse originally enunciated by Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein (1818), Crichton and Spielberg narrate how, inevitably, the supposedly safe environment of the park collapses under the pressure of the dinosaurs' instincts. The attack of the dinosaurs turns an enjoyable inaugural tour of Jurassic Park into a nightmare for Hammonds' team, his family, and his guests, including prestigious scientists. Jurassic Park was followed by a less successful sequel, The Lost World (novel by Crichton, 1995; film by Spielberg, 1997). The plot focuses here on another island where the species of the park breed...

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