Why The Movie Version Of Eat Pray Love Is Better Than The Book.
I feel the movie of Eat Pray Love was better because the movie writers were able to leave things out without changing the ending.
I will prove my point with the following:
· In the book, several chapters looked at how Wayan picked a house. In the movie, she picked one right away. She got a house anyway, without us needing to know the details of her decision. This had no effect on the outcome of the house purchase.
· In the book, there was a chapter about Luca Spaghetti’s birthday. In the movie, instead of having his birthday, they had thanksgiving. I think it was better to have the thanksgiving rather the birthday because it was new to them. Italians don’t celebrate American Thanksgiving so she was teaching them some of her culture. I think that they got closer because of this, and the movie really showed us how close they could be.
· In the book, Liz spends a few chapters in Italian school. In the movie she taught herself Italian. So, the writers managed to sum up her language experience without making her go through those chapters of Italian school. In both the movie and the book she learned Italian. So, it didn’t matter how she learned it.
· In the book, there is a part where she and her husband are crying together about 9/11. In the book, it didn’t affect anything anyway, so obviously when they left it out of the movie it didn’t really matter. To be honest I think that they didn’t want to put it in the movie anyway, even if it did affect the outcome. I think it would be too close to when it happened at the time and they didn’t want anyone to hate the movie because of it.
· In the book, Liz moved out of David’s apartment and found an apartment. In the movie she moved out of David’s place and went right to Rome. But it didn’t matter either way. They still broke up, so it didn’t have any outcome on the ending at all.
However I do feel that two points should have been included in the movie to help us understand Liz.
· In the book, there is mention of Liz taking anti-depressants. In the movie there isn’t really much mention of her being depressed. The only time of the movie where she was depressed was the beginning. In the movie, she is pretty depressed during the whole thing. I think if the movie mentioned the medication at all than we would get to know Liz’s personality a bit more.
· In the book she talks to herself in a little notebook she carries with her. It kind of goes with the depression. But, the notebook was a big part of the book and I feel that it should have been included in the movie. The notebook showed that even when she felt that no one was there she always had herself.
In conclusion, even with my exceptions I feel the evidence proves the movie writers did a better job of telling the story.
Personally, I feel that movies are better in the sense that it is easier to get captured in it. Especially if Morgan Freeman is narrating… But, I think that is why more people watch movies instead of books.