I am really enjoying this book – I was worried it would be too stressful because when I tried to read it as a kid I couldn’t do it. That might have been because we watched that horrible cartoon version in school. I still see that rabbit with blood on his teeth – dreadful!
Since I am only half way through the book I am just going to talk about similarities I have noticed between the show and the book – after I finish I will delve a little deeper.
There are some eery visions on Lost – and some eery people with Vision – and the same is true in WD. Fiver clearly falls into that category, but Hazel also has premonitions. EG. pg.56 Hazel wakes and sees Pipkin laying on the ground with a yellow-and-black burying beetle crawling across his belly. Hazel fears Pipkin is dead but Pipkin awakes. Poor Pipkin – leaving the warren might not be good for him!
The initial ambivalence as to who was leading the group of rabbits, Bigwig or Hazel, reminds me of the back and forth between Locke and Jack in the first two seasons — ok all seasons! Even Hazel and Bigwig aren’t sure who’s in charge and neither are those Losties.
Ahhh Cowslip. Benjamin Cowslip Linus. Listen to this description of Hazel’s first meeting with Cowslip. ‘Hazel felt puzzled. Apparently the stranger was not worried by the news that they meant to stay. How big was his warren? Where was it? How many rabbits were concealed in the copse and watching them now?Were they likely to be attacked? The stranger’s manner told nothing. He seemed detached, almost bored, but perfectly friendly. His lassisitude, his great size (ok not so much that but those Others were much healthier and cleaner in New Otherton than the Losties) and beautiful, well groomed appearance, his unhurried air of having all he wanted and of being unaffected by the newcomers one way or the other – all these presented Hazel with a problem unlike amything he had had to deal with before. If there was some kind of trick, he had no idea what it might be.’ Later he is also described as turning towards Hazel with ‘his unnatural smile’ – whoo great description of the feeling I have whenever Ben smiles – that and a sense of general foreboding.
When the other rabbits appear to distrust him Cowslip shows ‘ no more concern”than he had at anything that had gone before. “I think you’re puzzling yourselves unnecessarily. But if you want the answers to your questions, then I’d say yes, you can trust us…Why should we want to hurt you?’
The rabbits response to his words/manner is similar to the Losties confusion and wavering between trust/distrust. ‘In spite of his strange, clouded manner, he spoke so reasonably that Hazel felt rather ashamed.’ When the rabbits do go with Cowslip their misgivings continue – rightly so – and during one feeding session when Cowslip attempts to make Hazel feel foolish for his caution Hazel is determined to not ‘alter his ways or take instructions from Cowslip.’
Gee sound familiar? Both Jack and Locke have a real stubborn streak when it comes to advice (not that I would want to take advice from Benjamin Linus either).”Don’t tell me what I can’t do!” and Jack’s sickly kiss of Juliet this past season – acting only from defiance.
SIDENOTE: one of the bunnies pretends to get Cowslips name wrong and calls him Cowpat. Remind you of any cheeky Islander? maybe with a penchant for nicknames? 😉
When Hazel and his friends are joined by the 2 survivors of their warren they express a similar regret to the one we heard from Hurley this season. If only they’d listened both Holly and Hurley regret not following the rogue leader away from what appeared to be a safe bet — the established warren and New Otherton.
Despite surviving innumerous odds, both the Others (and the Losties) and Hazel’s band of bunnies (haha) face their eventual demise. There are no does in the warren, which means no kits, which means no next generation. They attempt to solve the problem by bringing does to the Honeycomb (mimic of Dharma logo shape?) – but the does they ‘rescue’ are so stressed they reabsorb their kits – still no baby buns.
As we know, pregnant women on the Island do not survive – except for Claire. Alpert tried to solve the problem by bringing in a fertility specialist who was able to help her ill sister conceive but even Juliet has proven unsuccessful thus far.
I’ve noticed that the bunnies share some obvious characteristics with some of the Losties & Others. eg. pg 202 the rabbits are choosing who will represent them to a nearby warren and Bigwig is deliberately ‘rejected on the grounds that he might quarrel in strange company, was inclined to be sulky at first, but came around…’ Hmmm…
Fiver’s mysticism reminds me of 1st Season Locke, his mysterious references to the Eye of the Island and his tendency towards visions and his certainty that those visions mark out a clear path for him and the others to follow. Fiver’s on again off again questioning of Hazel’s ability to lead also reminds me of Locke and his, at first mainly verbal debates with Jack as to who was more capable to lead. eg. pg 215 ‘Risking your life and other rabbits’ lives for something that’s of little or no value to us. Oh yes, of course the others will go with you. You’re their Chief Rabbit. You’re supposed to decide what’s sensible and they trust you. Persuading them will prove nothing, but three or four dead rabbits will prove you’re a fool, when it’s too late.’
Eek! Turned out to be true on Lost so far. What other parallels will I find? Have you read this book? What did you think?