Friday, June 27, 2014

The Imagination of Disaster

In the article, "The Imagination of Disaster", by Susan Sontag, we are told that science fiction is not all that it appears to be, rather then certain films being about disasters and certain mishaps being brought to us. Also, Susan goes in depth on science fiction and what they are based on. These certain science fiction  films and range from an alien arriving to planet earth to destroy it or a mad scientist working on a experiment that goes horribly wrong. Also, Susan goes in depth on a hero in the story that saves the day from mayhem. Throughout the article, Susan Sontag tells us that science fiction movies have a lot more to do then just science. 

Question #4 : In the movie, "Little Shop of Horrors", a young man named Seymour that works in a flower shop, finds a very weird plant that has a craving for blood. Once Seymour can't give the plant anymore, the plant starts to crave for human flesh. Seymour soon finds out that the mysterious plant came from outer space to spread it's seed, take over the world, and destroy the human race. This particular movie had two alternate endings. One was Seymour destroys the plant and lives happily ever after, and the other one is about the plant eating Seymour and starts taking over New York City.These science fiction movies always have a great story to them. Whether it is about saving people lives or destroying aliens that want to take over the world. Susan Sontag's article tells us that not all science fictions movies are necessarily about science itself, its more about the catastrophic disasters that we've come to know and can't get enough of. Like in the movie "Little Shop of Horrors", there was a big disaster that happened in New York that know one knew about except for one person, he took charge and destroyed the monster before it got loose. 


  1. This is a great analysis but did you think of how it relates to more than one approach like morality,and horror movies?