Novel Turned Movie Into the Wild

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Interpreting a novel, such as Into the Wild, into a movie is a very difficult task to accomplish. Fans always have their own personal picture of what really happens in the novel at hand and when it is portrayed in a motion picture, they are more often than not severely disappointed. Other times, as rare as they are, the viewers can see no major differences in the film and are extremely pleased with it. While watching Into the Wild, I could not pick out the small differences it had from the novel. It contained all of the major key points that kept the story line moving, such as, Christopher McCandless’s father having a second family to him eating the wrong plant which in the end caused his imminent death. The main difference that I was able to pick out of the movie was how the story was told. In novel version, the story is told from many points of view. The interviews that were conducted during the search of Christopher McCandless, also know and Alexander Supertramp, were used to tell, second handedly, what they thought had happened during Christopher’s great northern adventure. Other ways that the story was conveyed was through a combination of McCandless’s letters and diaries, guesswork, and investigation that was conducted. In the movie, however, it seemed as though only Christopher’s sister was telling the story. She was always talking about how he failed in contacting her but she reassured us that she was “strong” enough to handle it. I wish that they had other people talk besides her, because the mixture of formats was about the best thing in the story. One scene in the novel has always stuck with me more than the rest. It was when Alexander Supertramp was head home, but had not anticipated the snow melting and therefore causing the water to raise. In the novel, he simply turned around in defeat and headed back to camp. In the move version, he stepped
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