So upon further reflection upon the book The Grapes of Wrath, I realized that I liked it better when it was retold as National Lampoon’s Vacation.
What? You’re a skeptic? Listen, they’re the same exact story just in different eras and with a slightly different focus.
Joseph Campbell’s monomyth cannot account for all the similarities.
|Grapes of Wrath||National Lampoon’s Vacation|
|Broken down vehicle||Jalopy||Wagon Queen Family Truckster|
|Deaths on the trip||Granma, Gramps||Aunt Edna|
|Transit of dead body||Mother lies with dead body overnight to escape from Arizona||Aunt Edna taken to relative’s house|
|Encouraging strangers invite reflection||Casy, the former preacher||Christie Brinkley, the woman in the red Ferrari.|
|Danger in the Desert||Inhospitable conditions||Car crash|
|Theft||Family eats peaches when picking||Clark cashes a check by taking money from the motel register|
|Destination disappointment||California closed to Okies||Walley World closed|
|Violence at destination||Tom Joad kills again||Walley World guard held under gun, made to ride rides|
|Sequels||“The Ghost of Tom Joad” by Bruce Springsteen||National Lampoon’s European Vacation, Vegas Vacation, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation|
You see? The same story!
Trust me, I have an English degree which uniquely qualifies me to find such obvious parallels and to write about them at great length.