Book vs. Movie: Do you have an opinion?

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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:

  1. Name your book’s title and author.
  2. Give the title of the movie (because sometimes the movie has a different title).
  3. 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.
  4. List five to seven things about the movie that do not match what’s in the book.
  5. List five to seven aspects of the movie that matched the book quite well.
  6. Offer your opinion of the book vs. the movie. Which one was better and why?
  7. 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:

  1. My book is called Treasure Island, and it was written by Robert Louis Stevenson.
  2. The movie is also called Treasure Island.
  3. It stars Charlton Heston and Christian Bale.
  4. The character of Gray does not appear in the movie, but he is in the book.
  5. Jim’s dad doesn’t appear in the movie, but he is in the book.
  6. 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.
  7. In the book, both Jim and Dr. Livesey are narrators, but in the movie, only Jim narrates.
  8. The movie doesn’t ever show the characters going ashore in Spanish America, but the book does offer that part.
  9. In terms of what matched, Long John Silver looks just like I pictured him.
  10. 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.
  11. The captain uses a cutlass in both the book and the movie.
  12. (Spoiler alert!) Israel Hands and Jim Hawkins beached the Hispaniola in both the book and the movie.
  13. Silver gets away with some of the treasure in both the book and the movie.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.

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25 responses »

  1. my computer didnt send my blog to you!! ughh ohh… you said you got one from me so i wasnt worried about it but its not on here and my grade shows that it didnt send… we had this problem before but i thought we fixed it?? so now what do you want me to do? i watched the movie and did this blog right after…

  2. 1. My book is called Othello, and it was written by Julius Ceaser.
    2. The movie is also called Othello.
    3. It stars Laurence Fishburne, Irène Jacob.
    4. The character of Iago does not appear the way I pictured him while reading the book.
    5. The movie does not show Othello coming back from the war in the beginning.
    6. The character of Desdemona does not appear like I pictured her while reading the
    7. The movie contains some naughty scenes that are rarely spoken about in the book.
    8. The movie shows Iago talking directly to the viewers about his plan that he has created. In the book it just states that he speaks about it but does not say what he says.
    9. In terms of what matched Othello looks just like I pictured him.
    10. Desdemona’s father’s actor did a fantastic job. It felt like I was reading the scene in the book.
    11. The order of what Iago did followed the order in the book.
    12. The character of Michael Cassio looked the same as I pictured him while reading the book.
    13. The location was how I pictured it.
    14. The director did a phenomenal job in this movie. Most parts in the movie followed the book.
    15. It’s pretty close to which one I liked better, but since I have to pick one or the other, I’ll pick the book. I picked the book because I found it more detailed which made it more interesting. While I was watching the movie I literally was falling asleep (not through the whole movie, but at parts) because they made it just so boring taking out all those great details that are very critical to keeping an audience interested.

    • You were falling asleep? Seriously? That doesn’t say much for Kenneth Branagh! (He’s the director, and he also played Iago.)

      I was a little unhappy with the way Iago speaks his lines to the camera. It seemed kind of dumb to me. But Fishburne’s performance was fantastic!

  3. 1. The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom
    2. The Hiding Place directed by John F. Collier and made in 1975.
    3. The movie stars Jullie Harris and Jeannette Clift.
    4. The movie starts totally different. In the book, they start out with the 100th aniversary for the watch shop. In the movie, they start out with the Germans taking away the radios. It’s like it skipped the whole introduction.
    5. Betsie looks way different that what I pictured her.
    6. They make a whole new scene and show a woman with a class that the book has never mentioned. I’m 12 minutes into the movie and I’m SO confused. She sits down and talks about God and who he is.
    7. In about the 110th page in the book, a woman brings a baby to Corrie asking for help. In the movie, it hapens it the first 20 minutes. and this time, it’s a man who brings that baby.
    8. There is a professor that comes in and pray with his hand on top of his head. This was an entirely new scene, and I have no idea what’s going on!!!!!
    9. I know this one doesn’t count, but some of the actors are horrible with their accents. They sound like wild Chinese men, not normal Dutchmen.
    10. They put Betsie more as the protagonist that Corrie.
    11. They left ouy the part of introducing the family, because there is none!! There’s only Betsie, Corrie, and Casper. That’s it!
    12. The house looks exactly how I pictured it.
    13. Also with Casper ten Boom. He looks exactly like I imagined him, the the actor is very good!
    14. They used the same exact lines when “Mr. Smitt” came to inspect the house for a hiding place.
    15. The ration card situation is just like the one in the book.
    16. Corrie keeps the dates and important things on her cell wall.
    17. The movie follows the important events in the concentration camp.
    18. Honetsly, I think the book was WAY better, because I had a way different picture in my head when I was reading it. (I think that happens a lot. People saying the book is always better than the movie.)

  4. 1.Island Of The Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell.
    2.The main character is Celia Kaye.
    3.In the movie Ulape Karana’s sister isn’t in it.
    4.At the end of the movie the people that come to get her didn’t tell her what happend to the tribe(things that happen in the movie and not in the book).
    5.In the movie she doesn’t try to get off the island with a canoe.
    6.In the movie there is no winter on the island just summer.
    7.In the movie her father and brother dies(same thing happens in the book).
    8.She makes friends with the dogs on the island.
    9.She also took care of two birds on the island.
    10.Karana’s dog Rontu and the other dogs get in a fight.
    11.She jumps in the water to go get her brother on the island.
    12.She gets stranded on the island.
    13.When she is swimming back t0 her bother the dolphins help her.
    14.the Aleuts attack Karana’s tribe.
    15.The movie and the book were both good.I liked the book better because it gave more detail.

  5. 1.Where the Red Fern Grows Wilson Rawls.

    2.Where the REd Fern Grows.

    3.James Whitmore, Beverly Garland, Jack Ging, Lonny Chapman, Stewart Peterson, Jill
    lark, Jeanna Wilson, Bill Thurman, Bill Dunbar, Rex Corley, John Lindsey, Garland, McKinney, Robert S. Telford, Charles Seat, Roger Pancake.

    4.Doesnt match the book
    1.I pictureed Billy with having blonde hair but he had dark brown hair.
    2.His mother is alot younger than I expected.
    3.The Pritchard boys don’t show up in the book until later in the book and they show up in the begging of the movie.
    4.It took longer to cut down the tree in the movie then it did in the book.
    5.He has one more sister in the movie than in the book.

    5.Simalarities
    1.When he goes to get his puppies.
    2.Both dogs died.
    3.he won the coon hunt in both of them.
    4.He gets beat up in town in both of them.
    5.A red fern grew over the dogs grave.

    6.I like the book better because it gave more detils.

  6. 1.Roots by Alex Haley.
    2.Roots the Saga of an American Family
    3.the actors were Ben Vereen,LeVar Burton,
    John Amos, Louis Gossett, Jr.Leslie Uggams,
    Georg Stanford Brown, O. J. Simpson.
    4.The slave ships weren’t as bad as the ones in the book.
    5.The slaves were not beaten as badly.
    6.The lion didn’t attack Kunta’s sheep in the movie.
    7.The movie didn’t show kunta’s grandma.
    8.The movie didn’t show kunta running away three times.
    9.The movie didn’t show Kunta doing the garden work.
    10.The book showed Kunta’s capture,
    11. They both show kunta getting his foot cut off.
    12.They both show how Kunta was beaten after he ran away.
    13.They both show chicken George.
    14.They both show Kunta in the fields working.
    1. The book was way better than the movie because it showed way more details.
    2.

  7. 1. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

    2.The movie is also called The Adventures of Tom Saywer.

    3.It is a cartoon but it stars Ross Malinger, Ryan Slater, and Kirsten Dunst.

    4.The character of Billy does not appear in the movie, but he does appear in the book.

    Do not match the book)
    1.Billy does not appear.
    2.Tom does not see beatles.
    3.Tom’s brother does not run away.
    4.Tom does work one time.
    5.They never pretended they were dead on the island.

    Things that matched the book)
    1. He gets stuck in a cave.
    2. He kisses Betty.
    3. He hangs out with Huck.
    4. Injun Joe dies.
    5. They find the treasure.

    6.The book because it gives way more detail.

  8. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
    1. Cannery Row
    2.Debra Winger Nick Nolte
    3.Mack and the boys are older
    4.When they go frog hunting the truck doesn’t break down
    5.Mack doesn’t meet the old man
    6.The town doesn’t seem all western like the way it seems in the book
    7.It focuses more in Suzi than it did in the book
    8.Everybody still loves Doc
    9.All the businesses are still in the town
    10.Doc is portrayed just the sane as in the book
    11.They found actors/actresses that fit the part well
    12.They pretty much kept the setting and characters exactly the same as in the book
    13.the movie is better because it is easier to comprehend
    14.I have 15 lines but did not count the title as a line so I do even though it only says 14.

  9. 1. The Red Pony by John Steinbeck.
    2. The title of my movie is The Red Pony.
    3. Peter Miles stars as Tom Tiflin, Fred(Shepard Strudwick), Alice (Myrna Loy), Billy Buck ( Robert Mitchum) Grandpa (Louis Calhern) .
    4. Jody Tiflin is Tom Tiflin in the movie.
    5. It wasn’t made as gory as the book was.
    6. In the movie it made it so the boy was always imagining such as he was in a circus thing.
    7. The movie was out of order.
    8. The dad left for a while to go to a homecoming.
    9. In the book and the movie the pony got strangles.
    10. In the book and the movie the pony died.
    11. In the book and the movie Billy Buck helps raise the pony.
    12. In the book and the movie Jody gets a new colt.
    13. In the book and the movie Jody loves horses.
    14. In the book and the movie Carl Tiflin, Jody’s dad, I annoyed by the grandpas stories.
    15. I didn’t really like the movie or the book but I have to say the book was better because the movie was pitiful. The movie had some weird imaginary things in it and it didn’t go in order of the book and it just wasn’t good.

  10. 1. My book is called Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
    2. The movie is also called Jane Eyre.
    3. It stars Toby Stephens and Francesca Annis.
    4. The character Miss Temple does not appear in the movie.
    5. In the book Mr. Rochester is disguised as the crazy fortune-teller but in the movie he highers a fortune-teller.
    6. In the book it seems to take Jane a long time to get out of her school and to her job in Thornfield, but in the movie it doesn’t take as long.[obviously]
    7. In the book when Jane goes back to see her aunt she stays and talks to one of the servants in the servants house but in the movie she just goes straight to the aunts room.
    8. In the movie when Jane becomes without a home Mr.Rivers finds her on a rock and carries her to the house but in the book he finds her sitting outside of the door to the house.
    9. In terms of what matched the personalities of both the characters Jane and Mr.Rochester weren’t exactly how I pictured them to be.
    10. Thornfield Hall looks exactly alike in both the movie and how I pictured it in the book.
    11. In both the end of the movie and the book Mr. Rochester becomes blind and his hand defaced.
    12. In the book and the movie the strange character of Mr. Mason appears and is bitten in the shoulder by Mr. Rrochester’s INSANE wife which also is his sister.
    13. Mr. Rochester is saved by Jane from almost being burned alive in his bed in both the book and movie.
    14. Bertha, Mr. Rochester’s mad wife, creeps into Jane’s room and rips her veil in the book and the movie.
    15. It’s hard for me to say if I like the book more than the movie because the book was slow and boring. The book has much more detail than the movie but I think I like the movie better because it gets the most important details and doesn’t go on and on about the same thing. The book goes on forever telling about her terrible childhood which isnt as important as her adult years and it makes the book very long and boring until she finally grows up. The movie just gets straight to some of the most important details about her childhood and moves on.

    • Shariah,

      If you copy/paste Autumn’s same answers, I’m not going to give you credit [obviously]–you didn’t write anything different. The wording is even the same [obviously]. Why don’t you try READING the book. It’s a dang good book. Really.

    • Please watch any movie that deals with the plight of the Jews during World War II. I’ve heard Schindler’s list is quite good, but I’m not sure what it’s rated. You have until Friday. You’ve had more than two weeks to figure out what you’re going to watch. I will not excuse you from this assignment.

      • Wait! I finally found the movie on youtube ( even thought there’s 15 videos)!!! don’t grade it yet!! pleassseee???

  11. 1. The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss.
    2. The Swiss Family Robinson from Walt Disney released in 1960.
    3. John Mills stars as Mr. Robinson, Dorothy McGuire plays Mrs. Robinson, James MacArthur plays Fritz, Tommy Kirk plays Ernst, and Kevin Corcoran plays Francis (Jack does not exist in the movie).
    4. Do not match book:
    1. The biggest difference is that there are not pirates in the book.
    2. The tree house is not their only residence.
    3. They never went into the savanna.
    4. They never built a pinnace.
    5. Jack their third son never showed up in the movie.
    5. Matched book very well:
    1. They crashed on a deserted island.
    2. They built an awesome tree house called Falcon’s Nest.
    3. They ended up blowing the original ship to pieces and using the wood for things.
    4. They were eventually found (after ten years in the book) and only some of the family went back to Europe.
    5. They manufactured everything they ever needed and were completely independent of European culture.
    6. Personally I think that the book was more interesting because it taught you a lot more things about, “having a varied education”(page 334). The book also has a lot more detail and a better mental picture of the whole thing.
    7. Seventeen numbers all together.

  12. 1. My book is calle Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
    2. The movie is also calle Jane Eyre.
    3. It stars Toby Stephens and Francesca Annis.
    4. The character Miss Temple does not appear in the movie.
    5. In the book Mr. Rochester is disguised as the crazy fortune-teller but in the movie he hiers a fortune-teller.
    6. In the book it seems to take Jane a long time to get out of her school and to her job at Thornfield, but in the movie it doesn’t take so long.
    7. In the book when Jane goes back to see her aunt she stays and talks to one of the servants in the sevants house but in the movie she just goes straight to the aunts room.
    8. In the movie when Jane becomes homeless Mr. Rivers finds her on top of a rock and carries her to the house but in the book he finds her sitting outside of the door to the house.
    9. In terms of what matched the personalities of both the charcters Jane and Mr. Rochester were exactly how I imagined them to be.
    10. Thornfield Hall looks exactly alike in both the movie and how I imagined it in the book.
    11. In both the ending of the movie and the book Mr. Rochester becomes blind and his hand mangled.
    12. In book and the movie the mysterious character of Mr. Mason appears and is bitten in the shoulder by Mr. Rrochester’s insane wife which is his sister.
    13. Mr. Rochester is saved by Jane from almost being burned alive in his bed in both the book and the movie.
    14. Bertha, Mr. Rochester’s mad wife, sneeks into Jane’s room and tears her veil in the book and in the movie.
    15. It is hard for me to say if I likes to book bette than the movie because I liked them both. The book has much more detail than the movie but I think I like the movie better because it gets at the most important details and doesn’t go on and on about the same thing. The book goes on forever telling about her terrible childhood and it makes the book very long and boring until she finally grows up. The movie just gets at some of the most important details about her childhood and moves on.

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