The Book vs the Movie: Skipping Christmas/Christmas With the Kranks

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Book written by John Grisham 2001
Movie directed by Joe Roth, 2004

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

 

Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded shops, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That’s just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they’ll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on the street without a rooftop Frosty the snowman; they won’t be hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash; they aren’t even going to have a tree. They won’t need one, because come December 25 they’re setting sail on a Caribbean cruise. But, as this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences – and isn’t half as easy as they’d imagined.

A classic tale for modern times, Skipping Christmas offers a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that has become part of our holiday tradition.

Picture Source: Goodreads.com
Picture Source: Goodreads.com

VS

Picture Source: Amazon.com
Picture Source: Amazon.com

Which I Viewed First: The movie.

Which I Enjoyed Most: The book, just by a fraction.

Out of 5 stars, the Book Gets: 4 stars.

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 4 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: More details concerning the character’s motivation, more heartfelt.

Things the Movie Did Better: More humor than in the book.

Verdict?: The book.

Why?: While I enjoyed both, the book was more touching than the movie. Christmas with the Kranks is still one of my favorite Christmas movies, despite the poor rating most people give it.

Should the movie be re-made?: Nah.

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

 

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