The Dark Fields vs Limitless, Why I Think Limitless Is a Much Better Story With a Happier Ending
In this blog post, we look at my analysis of The Dark Fields vs Limitless, and of why I think the movie is much better than the book, as it basically gives the character the money, the power and the women, while The Dark Fields can really be construed as more of a cautionary tale against taking shortcuts in life, as they tend to always lead to failure (which is most often how reality works, although not quite always.) In the book The Dark Fields by Alan Glynn, the author writes about the character Eddie, who is taking a mysterious new supplement known as MDT 48, and who uses it to finish his book, make $2,000,000.00 in the stock market, get the ladies, and all the other stuff that the character did in the movie.
Add to this however a few plot twists, like him dying a struggling writer finishing his book on his last MDT 48 pill, and him losing his $2,000,000.00 in the dot com bubble, no longer being able to afford his pill, alongside him building up a tolerance to the pill, and eventually basically losing everything, a much darker ending than in the movie. In the movie, he never loses his money once he gets it, and he actually finds a way to reverse engineer the pill, allowing him to either get off of it or keep taking it with no side effects (whether you go by the movie series or the TV series.) A much better ending and a win for the character in the movie over the book. For more information, be sure to read on or subscribe to our blog for more details and information.
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What I liked More About The Book, Why Parts of the Book Were More Realistic
Part of the initial allure for me once I read the book The Dark Fields by Alan Glynn, was that it is kind of an anti-hero story of the film Limitless, it is the bright burn to Superman, the cautionary tale to the fairy tale, and the losers story to the winners tale. It is Limitless, except much more grounded in reality, and is grounded in a type of life that is much closer to the reality that probably all of us live with and deal with every single day, in comparison to what is simply portrayed in the film Limitless, a fictional character that is basically on God-Mode for 80% of the movie. What really makes the book more realistic than the movie, is that in the book he doesn’t make it out alive, he dies at the hands of his own cheating decisions, but in the movie, although he still undergoes struggle as a result of his shortcuts, he makes it out alive, and wins the game in full as a result of doing so.
What I Liked More About The Movie, Why It May’ve Been Closer to Reality, As at a Certain Point up the Dominance Hierarchy, You Become Limitless
The one thing that I liked about the movie is that it closed a plot hole that the book left open in a very severe way, which was that if the NZT pill is truly Limitless, then why couldn’t the character see the dot com bubble crash, or that the pill needed to be reverse engineered? In the movie, this exact thing happens, and actually the performance enhancement is essentially so strong that it spirals the main character high enough up the dominance hierarchy at a fast enough pace that he is able to get off the pill, still be mentally Limitless, and win the game…..I tend to like the second plot better.
Final Thoughts on The Dark Fields vs Limitless, and Why I Generally Like Limitless Better
What did you think of the book The Dark Fields by Alan Glynn, and did you like it as much as I did? Leave a comment down below and let us know and remember to subscribe! I’ll leave you with one last cool thing to end this blog post, did you know that the book at the ending of Limitless that Eddie has offered is called “Illuminating the Dark Fields,” and is kind of a soliloquy to the fact that the movie was a cheap knock off of the book, gotta hand it to the writers, that was a clever one to throw in there.
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