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message 1: by Danika (new)

Danika Dinsmore This is probably the only movie I've ever liked better than the book. They're both good, but, like you, I preferred the tone of the movie. Gilbert came across as less sympathetic, for me, in the book.


message 2: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa Thanks Danika. The only other time I preferred the movie to the book was with "The Color Purple."

The book was so dispassionate that I couldn't connect with it. It's not bad by any means but were it not for the movie, I think I'd forget that I ever read it.


message 3: by Danika (new)

Danika Dinsmore Oh, yeah, good call. I'd have to think about that. It's been so long since I've read the book, but the movie definitely stands on its own.


message 4: by Veronica (new)

Veronica For me the movie has a different feel mainly due to the acting. I love Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio, but if they had chosen different actors the movie could have had a completely different vibe. Maybe even the same vibe as what the book portrays. I saw the movie before I read the book and while reading it I couldn't help, but get the movie out of my head. I thought the book was funny and full of good quotes, but I wouldn't necessarily compare it to the movie. One is a book which you create a whole world of your own- emotions, visuals, setting and the other is a movie where it's all mapped out for you. I kind of wish I knew about the book before hand because I feel it distorted my view of the characters a bit. Not the best, but I'd say it's still worth reading.


message 5: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa I didn't even realize until recently there was a book. I inevitably will compare books and films, even though in a case like this they should probably be evaluated separately. Also, big differences between the two in the Juliette Lewis character.


message 6: by Pamela (new)

Pamela Champion of movies that are better than the books they are based upon: Fight Club.

Book was little more than a gore-fest. Movie was brilliant.


message 7: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa I did like the movie, but the "romantic" relationship was better in the book (as in, it was in no way romantic.)

Conversely, the movies of The Color Purple and Yentl were both better than their source material.


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