The Book vs the Movie: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants


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Book written by Ann Brashares, 2001

Movie directed by Ken Kwapis, 2005

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Carmen got the jeans at a thrift shop. They didn’t look all that great: they were worn, dirty, and speckled with bleach. On the night before she and her friends part for the summer, Carmen decides to toss them. But Tibby says they’re great. She’d love to have them. Lena and Bridget also think they’re fabulous. Lena decides that they should all try them on. Whoever they fit best will get them.

Nobody knows why, but the pants fit everyone perfectly. Even Carmen (who never thinks she looks good in anything) thinks she looks good in the pants. Over a few bags of cheese puffs, they decide to form a sisterhood and take the vow of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants . . . the next morning, they say good-bye. And then the journey of the pants — and the most memorable summer of their lives — begins.

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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: 4.5 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: Better at getting into the minds of the characters, more story, storylines were done better.

Things the Movie Did Better: While I liked the book better for being able to go deeper with the girls’ story, I really enjoyed the movie. I think the director had a perfect cast EXCEPT for Brian. Brian just wasn’t what I imagined him to be at all and I’m not quite sure why they changed him. I especially love Blake Lively for Bridget and Alexis Bledel for Lena. I liked Lena better in the movie because she sometimes seemed unreachable in the books.

Verdict?: The book.

Why?: As much as I loved the movie, I loved the books (the first four, NOT the fifth!) for having a deeper story. I know that the story had to be condensed for the movie, but I also felt like some of the stories didn’t need to be changed (Lena and Kostos, for example). I loved the storyline with Carmen and her father in the movie, though–great acting.

Should the movie be re-made?: No.

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



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