The Book vs the Movie: The Book Thief



Book written by Markus Zusak, 2005
Movie directed by Brian Percival, 2013

I’ve been dying to see the movie for this since it first came out. Last week I was finally able to watch it so I could compare it to the book!

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It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.



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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: More character depth, more details, more emotion. Also felt the book ending was portrayed better than in the movie.

Things the Movie Did Better: The cast was absolutely perfect. The “sad” scene didn’t tear me up as much as it did in the book, though. Not sure if this is because I was expecting it or if the book just did better with the emotion.

Verdict?: The book. Movie comes pretty close, though.

Should the movie be re-made?: No!

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



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