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.