The Book vs the Movie: Valentine



Book written by Tom Savage, 1997
Movie directed by Jamie Blanks, 2001

In this case, the book and movie are so different from one another that they have two different plots.

Synopsis from


Jillian Talbot seems to have everything: a lovely home in Greenwich Village, a small circle of close friends, a handsome and passionate lover who has just proposed to her, and a glamorous career as a bestselling author of suspense novels. Her writing has captivated thousands of fans, but she has always been safe from the terrifying scenes she creates. Until now.

Somewhere in the shadows of New York City, someone is watching her. He knows her every move, her every fear, almost before she knows it herself. He is as devoted as a lover, courting her in his own mysterious way – leaving notes in her mailbox, gifts on her doorstep, messages on her answering machine. His motives are as cryptic as the name he goes by: Valentine. But his intentions are deadly clear. For Jill Talbot, the terror has just begun. Wherever she runs, he will find her. And soon she will meet him on his terrible day of judgment. His triumphant day. Her darkest day. Valentine’s Day.


Synopsis from


Five women are stalked by an unknown assailant while preparing for Valentine’s Day.



Picture source: Goodreads,com
Picture source: Goodreads,com


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Which I Viewed First: The movie.

Which I Enjoyed Most: Book.

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

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 3 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: While the movie is very loosely based on the book, they are little alike. I enjoyed the book better because it was darker and the killer was even crazier than in the movie. The twist was also nice, though somewhat close to the movie. I liked the movie, but it would have been awesome to see a closer adaptation of the book brought to film.

Things the Movie Did Better: While I felt somewhat sorry for the killer’s past in the novel, I did not sympathize with him at all. Not so much the case for the killer in the movie. I liked the twist even better in this one, as well as the lead girl. The deaths were pretty creative, too. There’s also a romantic feel to the movie.

Verdict?: While it’s hard to compare the two because they are so different from one another, I’d go with the book.

Why?: Even though I like the movie, the book’s plot and some of the characters were better. It was also much darker.

Should the movie be re-made?: I’d like to see a closer adaptation of the book made.

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




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