Book To Movie Monday (12)

For this week's Book To Movie Monday I have decided to cover the Movie Into The Wild.

First let's discuss the book,below is the cover.

Now for a little back story in case some of you aren't familiar with the novel. Into The Wild is a non-fiction Novel written by Author Jon Krakauer and was published January 13,1996 by Anchor Publishing. The survival show The Alaska Experiment on theDiscovery Channel was inspired by the novel.

Let's look at some of the characters in the book.

Main Protagonist

Christopher McCandless- The book chronicles the Journey of McCandless as he travels across the country to Alaska. McCandless changed his name early in his journey to Alexander Supertramp but on at least one occasion confessed his real name. McCandless for whatever reason decided to journey into Alaska with as few possessions as possible, ultimately this was his downfall.

Major Differences Between The Book and The Movie

In the Book Tracy is a pretty minor character. She is basically described as having a crush on Chris.
In the Movie they become well acquainted and she is also used as a device to prove he has remained celibate on his journey.

In the Book Chris never meets any Swedes while Kayaking the Colorado River.
In the Movie the swedes are used as a form of comic relief, nice touch though.

In the Book Chris works in South Dakota on two different occasions before trekking to Alaska.
In the Movie the second trip is never mentioned.

In the Book the story is told from his journals and people he encounters along the way. His sister is barely mentioned.
In the Movie the story is narrated by his Sister and is told strictly from Chris's perspective.

In the Book Chris is portrayed as almost slightly crazy in his quest for enlightenment.
In the Movie Chris is very laid back and peaceful.

In the Book Chris is a tragic figure and is shown as such.
In the Movie he is a Hero.

In the Book you see what happens after Chris's death.
In the Movie the book ends with him dying.

In the Book he was found with his ID, Library card and about $300 in his pocket.
In the Movie they make a big show of him bucking the system and burning his cash, ID etc..

Fun Fact, the trucker who drops the character Chris off at the trail in Alaska is played by the actual guy who dropped the real Chris off many years beore.

In the end this is a fairly close book to movie representation. Emile Hirsch was fantastic in the movie version and is a much more sympathetic character. The Book while a great read leaves me more angry then anything else. No matter how you look at it the kid was an idiot and if anything is the perfect example of not what to do if trekking to Alaska. He had a fishing pole (the fish would be plentiful that time of year), killed a moose (never preserved the meat though), had a map (never used it) and if he had taken the time to leave the bus would of found a way to cross the creek and a rangers station 10 miles away. What makes the story even more tragic is he dies just two weeks before being found. Overall I'd suggest just skipping the book and watching the movie. You will still be angry, but at least he's likeable.

Well that about wraps up this weeks Book to Movie Monday. I'll post the movie trailer down below in case your curious. Have you read the book or seen the movie? Which did you like better and why? Leave a comment down below, I love hearing your responses. Have a recommend for an upcoming Book to Movie let me know that as well.


  1. I have read the book or watched the movie, but I did get a little choked up watching the trailer. I'm going to try and watch it sometime this week. Thanks for sharing this one!


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