The Book vs the Movie: Jaws



Book written by Peter Benchley, 1973
Movie directed by Steven Spielberg, 1975

Jaws is one of my favorite movies of all times. I’ll try to be as non-biased as I can.

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It’s out there in the water…waiting. Nature’s most fearsome predator. The seaside community of Amity is at its mercy. A small-town police chief, a marine biologist, and a modern-day Ahab must try to stop it. But they are only three men…alone against the Great White Death.

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Which I Viewed First: The movie.

Which I Enjoyed Most: The movie.

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

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 2 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: It’s been a while since I’ve read the book, but I can’t really think of anything except perhaps the description.

Things the Movie Did Better: Everything. The characters were way more likable, the ending was much better, and the story was more interesting to watch than to read.  The book came across as more dry and with very few likable characters–bad enough that I wanted the shark to win.

Verdict?: The movie.

Should the movie be re-made?: No!

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



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