*Tiny Spoilers* I had to read this because I'm such a fan of the movie, The Towering Inferno. There are a lot of differences, as the movie incorporated another novel, and some of the things left out were surprisingly good. Not all of the "bad" guys were destroyed so righteously and fewer "good" guys were sacrificed. Even the tubby, middle-aged gay man had a happy ending, and they didn't even to trade off the cat. Totally worth the read.