The Book vs the Movie: To Kill A Mockingbird

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Book written by Harper Lee, 1960
Movie directed by Robert Mulligan, 1962

 

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

 

The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into ten languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.

 

 

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Which I Viewed First: The book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: The book.

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

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

Things the Book Did Better: More story details, enjoyed Scout’s voice and POV more, better pacing than the movie.

Things the Movie Did Better:  While I did enjoy the movie and Gregory Peck did a great job as Atticus, it seemed to be lacking something that the book had. The pacing also seemed a bit off in places. I also liked the actress who played Scout.

Verdict?: The book.

Should the movie be re-made?: Nah.

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

 

See more Book VS Movie posts HERE.

 

jnc

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