Book vs Film: Logan’s Run

I recently read Logan’s Run by George Clayton Johnson and William F. Nolan after completing the film (for the millionth time, during one of my late night, classic sci-fi binges). I quickly noticed some pretty interesting differences. Below is a brief comparison of the two, followed by my thoughts.  I have chosen to omit a few significant variations for the sake of avoiding spoilers. 

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Final Thoughts..

Both the film and the book offer an enjoyable throwback to classic sci-fi that instantly reminds us of why we enjoy the genre. The book manages to accomplish an impressive amount over a very small span of time. Tackling the age-old familiar dystopian theme of population management, it supplies an interesting take on euthanasia and the ever elusive utopian society. However, the story also experiences limitations itself with the very reduced age of the population. It can be hard to process a society where the entire Earth never ages beyond 21. I think that while the film writers and directors chose to deviate from multiple aspects of the original story, they did so wisely. Increasing the life span to 30 and limiting these restrictions to a domed city opened up endless possibilities and expanded beautifully on an already brilliant concept. Watching Logan’s Run now has the added luxury of a satisfyingly nostalgic and fun kitsch vibe that many fans of science fiction can deeply appreciate.

2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge prompt: A book by an author with the same first or last name as you.

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Have you read or seen Logan’s Run? What are your thoughts?

Happy Reading & Watching!

Danielle ❤

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27 thoughts on “Book vs Film: Logan’s Run

  1. Love the old movie; Michael York, Farah Fawcett Majors, Peter Ustinov, and York’s buddy, that I have seen in other stuff but cannot remember his name. 🙂
    I love the model of the city.
    I remember the surgery scene freaking me out as a kid!
    I like your comparison chart.

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    1. Thank you! I was a bit hesitant to share this as it is certainly out of the norm, but I am a huge fan of the film as well 😊 this was my first encounter with the book. Also very fun, but notable differences. I wanted to include more in the graphic, but they would have been spoilers if someone has not seen or read either 😉

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  2. Wow, it’s been such a long time since I read and watched Logan’s Run! I remember loving both versions, but finding the book especially fascinating. Thanks for bringing up good memories!

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  3. Oh my gosh this is the best. I do remember there were significant differences between book and movie, even though I barely remember the book. I do think the movie is more my thing though. Love the age of 30 more than 21, and the domed city too. And when they discover the outside- that was pretty cool.

    I need to watch it again.

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    1. I have to agree completely! A fan of both, but prefer the alterations made for the film 🙂 The age increase and domed city aspects were wise changes that worked well! Thanks so much Greg! I am glad you enjoyed this. I was nervous to share haha.


  4. Absolutely loved the side-by-side comparison, Danielle! Brilliantly done and soooo clear in what you want to compare and tell us. I’ve never seen the movie and haven’t read the book either, but I definitely enjoyed hearing about them both from you! 😛


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