Thirty-five years ago this summer, hardly anyone wanted to go swimming. Not in the ocean, not in lakes, or ponds—maybe not even in pools, even though it was…you know, hot outside. It had a lot to do with one of the biggest movie in the summer of 1975, Jaws. After people saw it, they were scared that if they went into the water, A GIANT BLOODTHIRSTY SHARK WOULD EAT THEM.
Not only was Jaws one of the biggest movies of 1975, it’s one of the biggest movies ever. Seriously…even if you haven’t seen the movie, chances are you know something about it—you’ve heard the theme, or some of the famous lines. You might have even seen some of the, like…eight million sequels, including one that was in old-school 3D (and is maybe one of the cheesiest movies ever. They might tell you “the third dimension is terror,” but trust me…the third dimension is cheese.)
If you haven’t seen the movie, though (and you aren’t really planning on swimming—especially in the ocean—for the next, oh…month or so,) then you should totally grab some popcorn and celebrate the movie’s 35th anniversary by watching it this summer. You can even read the book that the movie was based on, just to compare the two (just FYI, has 311 pages …which only leaves 689 pages to read before you get your $8 Target gift card!)
But I have to warn you…even the library isn’t safe from sharks. Of course, our shark isn’t really bloodthirsty. He just has a really cool eye patch, and got really tired of waiting to sign up for the Summer Library Program (which you’ve already done, right? Right?!)