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You’ve finished reading a classic novel, and by now you’ve seen the movie as well. Today’s journal topic is all about the book vs. the movie. What did you love about the book that didn’t appear in the movie? What did you hate about the book that the movie managed to squash?
Here’s how to submit a comment:
- Name your book’s title and author.
- Give the title of the movie (because sometimes the movie has a different title).
- Tell who stars in the movie. If you need to find out more about the movie’s actors, look for it on Wikipedia. They will typically list the key actors in the side margin box.
- List five to seven things about the movie that do not match what’s in the book.
- List five to seven aspects of the movie that matched the book quite well.
- Offer your opinion of the book vs. the movie. Which one was better and why?
- When you’re done, make sure your list is fifteen items long (including the book and movie title, the actors’ names, etc.) and please number your items in your comment.
For students in Mrs. Sparhawk’s class, this journal will be worth fifteen points. Please number your comment responses, so there’s no chance your teacher will miscount and not give you full credit.
Here’s an example from Treasure Island:
- My book is called Treasure Island, and it was written by Robert Louis Stevenson.
- The movie is also called Treasure Island.
- It stars Charlton Heston and Christian Bale.
- The character of Gray does not appear in the movie, but he is in the book.
- Jim’s dad doesn’t appear in the movie, but he is in the book.
- In the book, it seems to take a really long time for Jim to get to Treasure Island, but in the movie, they cut a lot out of the beginning, so it seems like he gets there a lot faster.
- In the book, both Jim and Dr. Livesey are narrators, but in the movie, only Jim narrates.
- The movie doesn’t ever show the characters going ashore in Spanish America, but the book does offer that part.
- In terms of what matched, Long John Silver looks just like I pictured him.
- The Hispaniola is a schooner in both the book and the movie, and I thought they did a pretty good job of picking a ship that fits the right period in history.
- The captain uses a cutlass in both the book and the movie.
- (Spoiler alert!) Israel Hands and Jim Hawkins beached the Hispaniola in both the book and the movie.
- Silver gets away with some of the treasure in both the book and the movie.
- Ben Gunn is a squirrelly castaway in both the book and the movie, and I think the actor who played him in the movie did a fantastic job. He really seems loopy in the movie, just like he is in the book.
- It’s a tough call on whether I like the book better than the movie. I liked them both. The book offers more scenes and more insight into the motives of the characters, so I guess I like the book better for that reason.
Note: comparisons in purple are differences; comparisons in green are similarities, but blog comments don’t need to be in different colors. Just make your statements clear.