This is semi-regular feature where we can talk about which was better, the book or the movie. I read the book in January 2013 (post here) and watched the movie last Friday, the day it came out. Let’s break down how they compare.
*This is as spoiler free as possible!!!
The Story/Plot Nick and Amy meet in New York and fall in love. When the money gets tight and Nick’s mom gets sick they move to Missouri. One or both of them turns into a sociopath and the paparazzi cameras are rolling. I think both the movie and book do an excellent job of telling the story of this couple and the crumbling facade of their marriage. Thumbs Up-Tie
The Visual The book is dark and the movie was also dark, really at times it felt like the X-Files and you needed a flashlight. I don’t really feel that the movie added anything visually to the book. There’s no real reason to see it on the big screen unless you just can’t wait to spent more time with Nick and Amy. To me, the descriptions in the book were just as effective in creating a visual image. Thumbs Up-Tie
Characters vs. Actors I think Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike became Nick and Amy. Excellent choices and great acting (at least I hope it was acting!). I love Neil Patrick Harris but he was not exactly who I pictured as Desi. Margo, Nick’s sister was played by a new actress to me, Carrie Coon and I thought she did a great job. I know people are complaining about a character missing, but I really wasn’t bothered by the minor exclusion. Thumbs Up-Tie
The Ending Up until this point I think both book and movie were on equal footing. In the book, the ending packed a punch for me. I was upset. In the movie, the ‘ending’ went on so long with so many scene cuts that I just wanted it to figure out what it wanted to say and to do it. For me, it was a weak. It did change just enough to make the ending different while still being the same in spirit. If that makes any sense. Thumbs Up-Book
And the winner is…the Book!
Now it’s your turn to vote
Other book vs. movie polls you can vote on: (The Little Prince) (Charlie St. Cloud) (Far From the Madding Crowd) (The Girl on the Train) (Tuck Everlasting) (Northanger Abbey) (Me Before You) (And Then There Were None) (Still Alice) (The Blind Side) (The Fault in Our Stars) (The Hound of the Baskervilles) (Gone Girl) (Jack Reacher) (Ender’s Game) (Carrie, the original) (Under the Tuscan Sun) (The Secret Life of Bees) (The Shining, the original)