The Book vs the Movie: Speak

The BOOK vs the MOVIE


Book written by Laurie Halse Anderson, 2001

Movie directed by Jessica Sharzer, 2004

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Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won’t talk to her, and people she doesn’t even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that’s not safe. Because there’s something she’s trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth. This extraordinary first novel has captured the imaginations of teenagers and adults across the country.

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Which I Viewed First: The book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: The book.

Out of 5 stars, the Book Gets: 5 stars.

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 3.5 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: Beautiful writing, easy to get swept up into, Main character is awesome and relatable, message gets across better.

Things the Movie Did Better: One movie that I felt Kristen Stewart fit the role for.

Verdict?: The book.

Why?: The book blew me away when I first read it. I originally read it because of the big controversy that was going on with it at the time. I enjoyed the movie, but it didn’t make me feel the way that the book did. It was one of those books that I read quickly and fervently, the kind that my final thought upon reading it is “WOW!” I think the movie did a pretty good job, but it’s just easier (and better) to connect with Melinda in the book. Plus, Laurie Halse Anderson has some lovely writing. I haven’t read a book of hers yet that I didn’t like.

Should the movie be re-made?: No.

What do you think? Agree, disagree? Would love to hear your thoughts!


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