"Day 14: I found more droppings today – six washers and three lug nuts in all. And this time, I think they’re fresh!” This detailed illustrated journal from the perspective of a scientist investigating a population of otherworldly, feral robots feels like a fabulous film prop.
Same reason why the original Star Wars movies were WAAAAY better than the prequel trilogy. They actually made things, props, animatronics. Stuff you could touch and look at and interact with. Actually seeing a giant T-rex staring at you is nothing like staring at a cardboard cutout or a tennis ball on a stick.