ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Retro Reading: Jaws 2 by Hank Searls (based on the screenplay by Howard Sackler and Dorothy Tristian)

Updated on November 7, 2014
Look behind you when waterskiing!
Look behind you when waterskiing!

Swimming With the Sharks...Again

If Jaws hadn't been such a commercial hit at the box office or the bookstore, well, there never would have been a sequel. And this is where the movie tie-in comes into play.

However, even though a novel is based on the screenplay, not too many elements cross over into the book. Basically, what you see on screen is what's in the book, with a few details left in or out.

Basically, Jaws 2 is a continuation of the novel. A couple of years have passed since "The Trouble" and Amity is hoping to recover with the building of a casino with the hope of becoming another Atlantic City, providing the state of New York legalizes gambling.

The Brody's have sold their house to make way for the casino and lurking in the warm summer waters is a pregnant Great White. I'm starting to sense some trouble here, and it's also a few days before the annual island regatta. It does sound like trouble and of course a pregnant shark knows a great feeding spot when she's hungry.

In this installment, Mike Brody is desperate to scuba dive. While he's not afraid of the water like his father, Martin, the elder Brody kid excels at both swimming and boating.

Mike is also in love with Jackie and has promised that she can tag along in his boat during the regatta. Younger brother Sean is upset since he did a lot of work on Mike's boat with the promise that he could ride along, but Sean is afraid of the water.

Martin on the other hand is trying to figure out what happened to a young couple that disappeared at sea. Witnesses tell him that their boat exploded with someone waterskiing but no bodies were found.

Brody's main suspect is a Flushing cop who was shooting at a baby seal on the beach. He thinks the cop shot at the couple causing the explosion.

With the shark read to give birth, a Navy helicopter crashes into the ocean and the pilot and passenger become chow to the shark. She's also ripped away a ball from the helicopter and Mike's scuba diving class goes searching for it, of course with deadly consequences. It's during this dive that they become aware of the shark.

Unfortunately, there is no tie-in with Jaws 3, but I think some of the elements of this story were incorporated into that film. Personally, I think the third installment was way better since it wasn't set in Amity and was more original. The film had many unanswered questions, which a novelized version could have provided some answers.

Anyway, I was hoping for a much better story than what was written here.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)