Monday, March 12, 2012

Book To Movie Monday (5)



For this weeks Book to Movie Monday I have decided to cover the movie The Notebook. I admit I am not really a fan of romance, chick lit style books or movies but I loved the movie version of this book. It also helped that Ryan Gosling is super hot lol. I read the book afterwards and while OK I definitely prefer the movie.

First let's discuss the Book. Below is the Cover:


Now for a little backstory in case some of you aren't familiar with the Novel. The Notebook is written by the Author Nicholas Sparks and was released in 1996. Nicholas began writing the novel back in 1994 and completed it in a period of six months. In interviews Nicholas has stated that the idea for The Notebook came to him after watching the relationship of his GrandInlaws who had been married happily over 60 years. The Book remained a Hardcover Bestseller for over a year on The New York Times Bestseller list.

Let's look at some of the characters now shall we.

Main Protagonists

Noah Calhoun- A countryboy from the wrong side of town. He meets Allie one night at a country fair and is immediately smitten. Eventually the pair get together but due to circumstance their lives take different turns. The Book Starts with Noah returning from the horrors of WW2.

Allie Nelson- A rich, young, socialite who meets Noah a boy from the sticks. Against her better judgment the two have a blossoming summer romance, but due to circumstance their lives take different turns.


Major differences between the Book and the Movie.


In the Book he meets Allie at the carnival but doesn't ask her out right away.
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In the Movie he jumps on the Ferris Wheel in a grand gesture to ask her out.

In the Book She meets Lon at a Christmas Party.
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In the Movie she's a nurse and treating his wounds. She says that He can ask her out when He gets better.

In the Book Noah wrote her 1 letter a month for a total of 12.
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In the Movie he wrote 1 letter each day they were apart so 365.

In the Book Noah and Allie meet in 1932 when she is 15 and he is 17.
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In the Movie Allie is 17 and the year is 1940.

One of the biggest differences is *spoiler*

In the Book Allie dies and Noah lives on.
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In the Movie they both die holding each other in their sleep.

Want to learn more about the Movie? IMDB
Want to learn more about the Book?Nicholas Sparks Webpage

Overall I really liked the movie much more then the book. This seems to be the case for most of Nicholas Sparks Book to Movie conversion so maybe I'm not the best judge. It has to be said though that this movie remains to this day one of my Favorite Dramas (and believe me the list is quite small).

Well that about wraps up this weeks Book to Movie Monday. I don't think the book ever had a trailer but I'll post the movie one down below in case your curious. Leave a Comment down below telling me which you liked better and why. Have a recommend for an upcoming Book to Movie let me know that as well.

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