Who read these books? Or at least the first book? Meg by Steve Alten.
To someone who is unaware of the source for this movie, it might come across as cheesy or a Jaws copycat, because I mean, it is based on a killer shark. I'm sure the author was inspired by Jaws, or maybe not, who knows. It's not a complete copy and the story is its own. We're all inspired by things.
Heck, the movie and books might be cheesy! Who cares? There is nothing wrong with a good cheesy book or movie. In fact, I really love old cheesy books and movies I used to consume from the 80s, 90s & early 00s. (I will even read current published books others might consider cheesy if I'm in that sort of mood.)
When I read Meg, I had no idea it was part of a series. There might have only been the one book when I read it. This was back in 2000, give or take a year. Meg was published in 1997. So I was around 14-17 when I read it. All I remember is that I liked the book and that it is about a shark.
The author went back and updated the first book, adding content and taking away content so that the story would flow better with the prologue and the rest of the series. I think new facts might have come to light, so he changed things in his books.
You know what this means, right? I have to go back and reread the updated version of Meg and the rest of the series before the movie comes out! (At the very least read the first couple books.)
The movie has been in the works since 1997, and hopefully the release date of August 10th 2018 sticks.