I loved the movie, I Am Legend. It was wonderfully creepy and scared the heck out of me both times I saw it.
Then I bought I read the book by Richard Matheson. I was amazed that the movie was nothing like the book. Same basic idea, but not as much impact.
Here’s the basic plot of the book (from FirstShowing.net)…
Without spoiling too much (in case you want to read it), the entire purpose of the title I Am Legend is that in the book, Robert Neville actually is the last man on the planet. And he has switched places from our reality of what we perceive as legend, to actually being the legend. As in, vampires are “legendary” to us because they’re a myth from fantasy. In the book, Robert Neville is “legendary” because he is that myth and goes out day after day hunting them.
The original ending of the book didn’t really deal with that, But now, the ORIGINAL theatrical ending (which is now the alternate ending) is out in cyberspace.
If you loved I Am Legend, check out the original ending over at FirstShowing.net. It is AMAZING!