Often times, when a text of some kind is adapted to film, the outcome is an egregiously poor product. The reasons for this may include the lack of the original author’s inclusion in the film’s production, or simply logistical errors like bad directing or acting. In the case of Children of Men, however, this was not true. The film has already been mentioned in another vector but I thought it was worth including the original novel.
Written by P.D. James and published in 1992, the original novel centers on a professor at Oxford University who, in the year 2021, is faced with a world where women have not been able to conceive children since 1995. The world has fallen into a dystopia of sorts, and England is basically the only remaining civil country on the planet, although civil does not accurately describe the true state of the country. Massive ghettos are formed where illegal aliens are deported as the government does its best to keep England’s imminent peril at bay.
The novel has a very 1984 feel to it in that the law enforcement closely monitor citizens. Passes are needed to move from place to place and checkpoints are set up on all the roads. Every head is accounted for in England. I would say to those who enjoyed Orwell’s 1984, or perhaps Margaret Atwood’s Year of the Flood that they may really enjoy this book. The narrative darts in and out from 1st and 3rd person and the story has its inclusions of various religious images, which seem to be ubiquitous in science fiction.