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message 1: by Evan (new)

Evan Are you rating films instead of books now? This book differs from the film in certain substantial ways. You might rate it higher in that case (or lower).


message 2: by Velvetink (new)

Velvetink Notice, I've still got it marked "to read". so not actually rating films now as such, just been able to catch up with some - & by the time I get hold of the book I may have forgotten what I thought about the film.


message 3: by Velvetink (new)

Velvetink & the co-incidence that Kirsten Stewart was in "In the Wild" having just seen her in Twilight and slagged her off..I didn't know she could sing - her success in In the Wild must account for her appearance in Twilight.


message 4: by Evan (new)

Evan Unfortunately, it will be hard for me to articulate the differences between book and movie, since I read it before I signed up for Goodreads and thus did not write notes on it or a review. But I did see the film shortly thereafter and noted enough changes to know they were different animals. One thing I do recall is that there was more background in the book about McCandless' early life and about his relationship with his father. Also there's a lot of the usual compression in the movie; some of his adventures are glossed over or unmentioned. Having said this, I thought the movie was an excellent adaptation, and pretty faithful.


message 5: by Velvetink (new)

Velvetink I have that same affliction where years later (after a film or book) I can only remember if I liked it or not, and totally forget a lot of detail. Discovering this with films lately - just got a few new free to air tv channels - one showing a lot of quality past films, & I have been aghast at my memory.

I figured McCandles had a lot of issues with his father, that poignant scene where he's so hungry he manages to kill a moose, build a kind of oven to smoke it dry, then discovers it's full of maggots...all the while talking to himself - acting out arguments with his family - the footage a fairly literal visual metaphor of how he viewed his family life.


message 6: by Kate (new)

Kate I wish they had included some of the songs Stewart sang in the movie on the soundtrack, although I do love the soundtrack with just the Eddie Vedder songs.


message 7: by Maxym (new)

Maxym Karpovets I only saw the film and it is a perfect show with amazing Vedder songs.


message 8: by Velvetink (new)

Velvetink Maxym wrote: "I only saw the film and it is a perfect show with amazing Vedder songs."

The book is good also but is the journalist's (author) story of tracking McCandles trek. Jon Krakauer the author also went into the wild and climbed a mountain somewhat unprepared. The book covers some other young men who went into the American wild with little preparation, and Krakauer attempts to analyse why young people have a need to escape society and prove themselves against the elements. Worthwhile to read. And Yes I loved the soundtrack. ;)


message 9: by Maxym (new)

Maxym Karpovets why young people have a need to escape society and prove themselves against the elements

Exactly! This is the question in which I'd like to find the answer. Thanks, I keep in mind this book (oh, how many of them I should read...)


message 10: by Velvetink (new)

Velvetink Maxym wrote: "why young people have a need to escape society and prove themselves against the elements

Exactly! This is the question in which I'd like to find the answer. Thanks, I keep in mind this book (oh, h..."


My thought is that civilisation has deprived youth of the traditional native coming of age quest.


message 11: by Ian (new)

Ian "Marvin" Zabala-Graye v, so you have time to watch tv as well as read?
Which movie channel are you referring to? I haven't checked them out. (Too many sports channels, though the netball is almost finished - go Firebirds.)


message 12: by Velvetink (new)

Velvetink No I hardly watch tv these days/ this year too busy....had this out on dvd back in Feb. Don't have foxtel just get the usual free to air ones....reception here is pretty crap anyways, mountain blocking the signal half the time or the forest gets in the way of the electricity wires.


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