Is a film version of a story helpful or harmful to the readers understanding of the author’s purposes?



Hemingway’s story The Snows of Kilimanjaro is about a writer, Harry and his wife, Helen stranded on a safari in Africa because their truck broke down. Harry is suffering from an infection on his leg and spends time drinking and insulting Helen. Harry reviews his life in a series of flashbacks, realizing that he wasted his talent through procrastination and luxury from a marriage to a wealthy woman he doesn’t love. At the end of the story, Helen wakes and finds that Harry has been eaten by a hyena. In the movie version of the story, a lot of things were left out. Some of the flashbacks were different and at the end of the story, Harry didn’t didn’t die. The plane did eventually come and he was saved. 




A book turned into a movie with many changes is The Vow by Kim Carpenter. It is about a woman who is involved in a car accident and as a result goes into a coma. She gains consciousness but she wakes up with severe amnesia and her husband has to win her back all over again. The book and the movie have the same meaning, but there are some things that aren’t the same. In the book, the couple stayed together because of there faith, but in the movie they just fell in love again. The movie version doesn’t really talk about faith significantly.



So, is a film version of a story helpful or harmful? Yes! The Vow was only one example, but there are a lot more movies that do the same thing. I think we all have been telling a story and someone says “Well, the book wasn’t like that.”  



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