The Book vs the Movie: Tuck Everlasting



Book written by Natalie Babbitt, 1974
Movie directed by Jay Russell, 2002

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Doomed to – or blessed with – eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less a blessing that it might seem. Complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune.




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Which I Viewed First: The book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: Book.

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

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

Things the Book Did Better: I felt the story was more enjoyable in written form. The relationships seemed deeper as well. I also feel the scene with the frog was stronger.

Things the Movie Did Better: I liked that Winnie was a bit older in the movie, because it makes her and Jesse seem more realistic.

Verdict?: Book.

Why?: I enjoyed seeing the movie made, and pretty close to the book, but the story and characters seemed much stronger in the book.

Should the movie be re-made?: Unsure.

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




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