Book vs Movie: The Best of Me

Friday, 8 May 2015

Book vs Movie: 
The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks


THE BEST OF ME is the heart-rending story of two small-town former high school sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks. Now middle-aged, they've taken wildly divergent paths, but neither has lived the life they imagined . . . and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever altered their world. When they are both called back to their hometown for the funeral of the mentor who once gave them shelter, they will be forced to confront the choices each has made, and ask whether love can truly rewrite the past.

The way I go about book adaptations is usually watch the movie first instead of the other way around. Of course this isn't always, but mainly I try to do it this way because it's less unsatisfying. Almost everytime that I've read the book first, I was disappointed with the movie because I was too busy focusing on what they changed and what they left out. But when I watch the movie first, reading the book is like getting a better version of what I just watched, most of the time. I'm telling you this because I want to do more posts like this, and I thought I'd tell you how I go about it as from what I can tell, the majority of people are opposite to me.

Okay The Best of Me, let's dig in shall we! I'm going discuss certain changes in this post. I'm assuming if you're reading this then you've either read the book or seen the movie, or both.

What I liked in the movie was that the chain of events circled more around the Cole family, and that there were no outside parties. In the book, there was the Bonner family as well as Candy's story, while it all tied together in the end. I felt like it was just unnecessary and I wasn't interested in that part of the book so much as the main characters stories. Instead of Dawson accidentally killing Dr. David Bonner in a car accident, he accidentally kills his cousin/best friend while fighting his father.

The movie was more realistic in my opinion. There was no ghost guiding Dawson along the way. I liked that we got to see more of Amanda and Dawson's love story when they were kids in the movie. But I also liked that the book gave more focus to their reunion. So as far as Amanda and Dawson's story goes, I liked both. I also really liked that the relationship between Dawson and Tuck was stronger in the movie than in the book.

The actors chosen for the movie did a great job. It's just tricky when you pick two actors to play the young version, and two different actors to play the older version. I get nitpicky if they don't look similar, and in my opinion the guy who played Dawson didn't look like he similar to James Marsden. But his performance was so well done, that I got past it, and it ended not being as bad as I originally thought when seeing the trailer.

So with all that said, this round goes to..
Movie wins over Book

What did you think of the book to movie adaption of The Best of Me?

Thanks for reading!!


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