Comparing books and films: The Outsiders

In English class, we read a book called “The Outsiders”, and then saw the film as well. By reading and watching “The Outsiders”, we found some differences between the book and film.


In the book, most of the characters are described in Ponyboy’s narration and there are more fights than the film. Also, Sodapop is described as an important character. However in the film, there are less fights, and some scenes are emphasized, changed, or cut out. For example, Dally’s death is shown in detail in the film, but isn’t explained in detail in the book. Another example is when Ponyboy comes home late. Although the book says Darry slaps Ponyboy, Darry pushes Ponyboy against the wall instead in the film.

I think the book is more descriptive, and it gives us a better vocabulary and understanding of words. Films have a time limit so some scenes need to be cut out, but books don’t. Also, books make the readers imagine what the scene is like or what the character looks like.

On the other hand, I think the film makes it easier to visualize for the readers, and the mood can be strengthened with sound, special FX, lighting, and other techniques. This can help us understand the story better and easier, and also help us understand the emotions of characters.

Overall, I enjoyed both, the book and film, but I prefer the book because it gives us more details, and it makes us think more. Although the film is easier to understand since it is quite straightforward, I found it more interesting to imagine the characters and story.

Responding to ‘Ways to Live Forever’ by Sally Nicholls

                           A poor frail child
Struggling bravely through terrible suffering
and hospitals with no television
Writing questions nobody will answer
experiencing near-death experiences


I am currently reading a book called ‘Ways to Live Forever’ by Sally Nicholls. It is written in first person narrative. It is about a boy named Sam who was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of six. I created a found poem, which is a type of poetry that it created by using words and phrases from the book. I tried to show a lonely and depressing mood and tone by using a variety of negative words such as ‘poor’ ‘frail’ ‘struggling’ ‘terrible’ ‘suffering’ ‘nobody’ and ‘death’.

Changing Minds: Changing Worlds – Language for emotional effect and change

In this unit, we learned about how texts can change minds. We analyzed ads and poems and saw the use of pathos in the texts.  One of the important things I learned was persuasive techniques such as rhymes, metaphors, similes, personification, onomatopoeia, proportion, use of colors, and composition. Our first project was to make a screencast which analyzes and compares a poem and an ad, and decides the more effective text. Our second project was to create an ad or poem about a global issue. The global issue for my ad was climate change.


After we finished our texts, we looked at each other’s. My favorite one was an ad called, ‘SAVE THE CORALS KEEP THE OCEAN HEALTHY’ by Hyewon. This ad addresses the issue of global reef threats. It is an important issue because reefs are very important in the ocean and nature in general. When we destroy reefs, we also destroy homes of many sea creatures. We must stop it before it goes too far and we won’t be able to reverse what we have done. The ad shows a serious tone by using colors. It uses dark blue which can represent seriousness. The white text stands out in a dark color too. Also, the proportion and composition makes the ad more effective. The plastic bag is quite big comparing to the fishes in the background, and is near the white text so it makes the bag stand out, and shows a depressing mood.

I think pathos techniques are very effective because it makes it strongly persuasive and convincing to the audience, and interesting. It can make the audience feel empathy, and encourage them to do something. I believe that pathos is a powerful way to tell the message effectively and change people’s minds and thoughts.




Responding to ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ by John Green

During this year, I have been reading a book called “The Fault In Our Stars” by John Green. It is written from the persective of a teenage girl called Hazel Grace Lancaster who was diagnosed with cancer, and a teenage boy called Augustus Waters who also has cancer. They meet at a support group for cancer survivors, and become closer. They go on a trip together to Amsterdam to find out how the book, ‘An Imperial Affliction’, ends.

The central theme of this book: Having a heavy illness can separate you from people or things, but there would be also people who wouldn’t leave you, and will become closer.

I think the important symbols from this book are: relationship between Hazel and Augustus, and family. One of the symbol, relationship between Hazel and Augustus, represents someone who you will get to know, and become closer.  Hazel first met Augustus at the support group which was after she was diagnosed with cancer. They gradually got closer and into a further relationship. ‘Family’ is another symbol from this book, and it represents someone who will never leave you even though you have a heavy disease. Hazel’s mom and dad are worried about Hazel and stays with her most of the time. Even though they know that Hazel has a heavy illness and could die anytime, they never leave her and stays close.

This book is written in Hazel’s perspective, so it makes it easier for the readers to connect with the main character. There are a lot of conversations throughout the book, and it makes us feel that we really know Hazel. It is a heart warming book filled with humor, and it can bring you into tears and laughter.