by Eva Rinaldi
Book to movie adaptations are a favorite with movie makers. Not only does a book provide a well-structured story line, it also is a good source to find well-rounded characters & emotions. But there are always some minor changes to the plot line due to unavoidable constraints of packing an entire book into a two hour movie. There could be multiple reasons for these changes. The production team may find a plot change necessary to sell the movie better or to make it more engaging for the audience. Whatever may be the reason, if the plot is radically different, it can leave fans disoriented. However, if the plot change turns out to be better than its original book counterpart, it could make movie goers happier than when they read the book. We bring you five movies that have drastically changed the plot line while adapting the movie from the book.
Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part II
The movie that was the climax to the Twilight saga featured an entire scene towards the end of the movie in which Bella and her friends fight the Volturi. However, the whole fight scene was merely a vision of what could have happened if the two sides did actually battle each other. This fight sequence was not mentioned in the book.
P.S. I Love You
This teen romance novel hit the bestseller list as soon as it was first published. The book is set in Ireland; however the movie is set in New York City. The book also had far more male characters, but they were removed in what many assume to be a ploy at making it a chick-flick. There were additional bar scenes that were deleted in the final cut of the film.
This modern day sci-fi thriller was already a cult favorite before the movie came out. However, fans noticed the glaring discrepancies in the movie. Edward was barely given a role in the movie. Also, when Tris is attacked by Al & Peter, there was an element of sexual assault in which Peter & Al make fun of Tris’ body. This part was entirely omitted from the movie. The fact that Tris was not all that younger to Four was also not mentioned in the movie.
This is one of the few movies that actually made the book more popular than it ever had been. This Micheal Crichton thriller was about a bunch of dinosaurs killing people on a remote island. Although the movie started just as the book did, the ending wasn’t the same. For example, in the book, almost every human that ever went to the island doesn’t come back alive – they all die. But in the movie, almost everyone escapes alive. Also, the book has a deep subplot explaining scientific theories such as complexity theory. All this was eliminated from the movie to tell a more popular, and a less complicated, tale.
The Hunger Games
When the movie released, almost everyone who had read the book went to see it. But as usual, it is very difficult to pack an entire book into a small movie so certain omissions had to be made. For example, the prominent character of Madge was completely omitted from the movie. Furthermore, in the book, at the end of the games, the mutations that attacked the remaining tributes were ‘ghosts’ of the former tributes. In the movie, they were only wild animals.
Whether you like the changes made to your favorite book or not, always remember that telling an engaging story is not an easy task. You can’t satisfy everyone’s demands. The best you can do is to tell a story that you will like to watch as an audience. The right training is not just about getting the right technical skills but also about learning to be honest to your craft. A good institute will impart you with the knowledge of good story telling along with software skills.