I am working my way through this and I must admit that it is excellent. I am very impressed with the characterisation and then general overall production. I especially feel that the casting is excellent, with you almost instantly, taking the characters almost immediately into your psyche, the pictures that are being painted in your head, superb. Cannot wait for now to the next listen. Almost looking forward to going to bed....
Last Edit: Nov 7, 2015 15:07:11 GMT by Tony Jones: Amended title to reflect thread moved from now defunct board
"A straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but it is by no means the most interesting."
I liked it quite a bit. I think the best adaptation of any Triffids is still the 1981 BBC version of Day but this was good. It's a shame it doesn't seem to have led anywhere. It seems Survivors stole its thunder.
I am not a student of human nature. I am a professor of a far wider academy of which human nature is merely a part.
Listening to Night of the Triffids, which was an excellent play by the way, inspired me to read Day of the Triffids. I picked up an old copy in this tiny little bookshop in Dartmouth and spent most of the train journey back to Cardiff engrossed. Wyndham has a great style so I may consider picking up some other of his books. And then because I read Day I had to read Night as well. Just like Day, Night is not actually about the Triffids - they are a sideshow if you will. Menacing and integral to the story but the main story thread in both books is about how the humans deal with the end of the world.
Big Finish's version of Night of the Triffids was particularly good because it was faithful, mostly. There were parts of David Masen's narration that seemed to have come straight out of the book and into my iPod. I always like end of the world/post-apocalyptic stories and Night of the Triffids did not disappoint. But if you have listened to the play and not read the book version of Night of the Triffids then I would heartily recommend it. Not as good as Day but still a thoroughly enjoyable read. Plus it has details in it that have been left out of the Big Finish play.
It is good to hear some Triffid appreciation! I loved this adaption too and thought the casting in particular was extremely strong. I'm intrigued by David's comment that it didn't 'seem to have lead anywhere.' Was 'Night of the Triffids' intended as a sort of unofficial pilot to a possible series, or a standalone, like 'Wizard of Oz' and other productions?
In terms of books I think NIght was a bit of a one off and I also believe the Wyndham estate needs to approve much re-use of Triffid material (they approved the book). Don't forget the writer, Simon Clark, has written an excellent Survivors story in the third boxset. I don't know how well Night did commercially, but I also do agree finding out what happened next could be interesting. Here I do think Survivors clouds the picture as comments made at BF Day suggest there is a chance the Survivors range might also leap forward at some point. I stress this is my interpretation of a single comment, not a fact!