Books Vs. Movies (Compare And Contrast) Essay

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How To Ace Your Compare And Contrast Essay On A Movie And A Book

Students love watching movies produced on the basis of the books they have just read. This can be used as an opportunity to practice their skills of writing compare and contrast essays. Although a movie reiterates the plot of a book, a variety of differences can be noticed in the style, themes, focus, and details of two pieces. To write a strong compare and contrast paper, you should discuss both similarities and differences and analyze why they occur.

Searching for Similar and Different Features

While it may be easy to trace similarities and differences in the plot, your task is more than that. Include your personal analysis to make your essay stronger. Answer the following questions:

  • What themes are emphasized more in the book or the movie? What details are omitted in the movie? Do any new ideas appear in it?
  • What do your observations tell about the strong and weak points of the book or the movie?
  • How do the time periods when the book was written and the film was produced affect their plots?
  • What audiences are these two different mediums aimed at and how does that affect their plots?

Pre-Writing Stage

If you are clear about the points that should be included in your essay, think how you’ll organize them. Take the following steps:

  • Arrange your similarities and differences in a Venn diagram or simply create a list with two separate columns.
  • Present your points in the order you want to use them in your paper.
  • Decide whether you want to contrast or compare first. Proceed from the least important to the most important. Namely, if the differences are more significant, start with the similarities.
  • Create an outline. If you discuss similarities of the movie and the book in one paragraph and write about differences in another, you’ll get two body paragraphs. If you want to compare and contrast separate points of two mediums, the number of body paragraphs will depend on the number of these points.

Writing Stage

  • Create an introduction. Start your essay with a hook (a quote or an intriguing question). Give some general background on the topic. Present your thesis statement. Remember that your thesis should not only hint at differences and similarities but also answer the “so what?” question.
  • Write the body. Follow your outline and use appropriate transitions.
  • Conclude effectively. Restate your thesis and summarize your points. Let your reader understand that the synthesis of all of these points gives them the opportunity to learn something new about both the movie and the book.


Tuesdays With Morrie is both a book and a movie. They are alike and different in so many different ways. The movie is never going to have as much detail as the book did, but they did a good job making the movie as close as possible to the book. The book covered a lot more aspects of the story than the movie did, and the book focused on the bigger more important parts.

There were a lot of main points that the book and movie were alike. In both Morrie dies the same way with the same people around him. At the beginning of this story Mitch is so consumed in his job that he doesn’t give any attention to anything else but his column. As the story progresses Morrie starts to lighten up on the job and work towards a relationship with Morrie. By having this relationship with Morrie helps his relationship back home with his girlfriend who is getting tired of Mitch not giving her the attention she deserves. Janine and Morrie both play huge parts in Mitch’s life in both the movie and the book. The movie used a lot of the same lines used in the book such as Morrie’s aphorisms. One last thing that the book and movie had in common was that each time Mitch went to visit Morrie he could tell Morrie was getting worse and worse.

Even though the movie did a great job making the book come to life, the movie and book had a couple differences. The movie never brought up Mitch’s brother like they did in the book. Another thing is in the movie they didn’t talk about Mitch as child like they did in the book. In the movie they show Janine giving the proposal ring back to Mitch in the airport, but in the book they never mentioned that. Also in the book they never talked about Mitch’s breakup with Janine and how he went to her studio and tried to fix it. Mitch’s relationship with Janine was way more a part of the movie than the book. The book focused more on the relationship between Morrie and Mitch when the movie focused on both.

Some movies that are made from a book are most of the time completely different, but this movie resembled the book perfectly. The movie covered the most important parts of the book, which made it a success.


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