Bookmarks and Big Screens: The Choice

By Ellie Trebilcock

Is the book or the movie better?

It’s the most controversial topic between bookworms and movie-buffs. To resolve the long battle between these two passionate types of media consumers, I will compare and evaluate the quality of the book and movie versions of the story.

{***SPOILER ALERT***}

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This month: The Choice by Nicholas Sparks

Well, it’s official! I finally read a Nicholas Sparks book. Now, I understand why so many women read novel after novel by this author. The Choice is a romantic novel which will melt your heart and teary eyed all in the same storyline.

The Choice follows two people who, in the beginning, feel they are missing something in their lives. After getting off to a rough start, neighbors Travis Parker and Gabby Holland soon find they can’t deny the chemistry between them. The Choice follows their relationship through young love, marriage, and also hardship.

The Choice is split up into two parts. The first section of the book reminds me of something I would want to read on the beach. The plot is relaxing and makes the reader feel like the characters don’t have a care in the world. The early years of Travis and Gabby’s relationship is idyllic, like a story someone’s grandparents would tell them about how they met. Their love story is warm, loving, and simple.

However, the second part of The Choice seems like another story entirely. The reader finds out Travis and Gabby were in a car accident which put her into a coma. Travis struggles with the guilt of hurting his wife and longs for her to awaken. Travis then must ask himself, how far he is willing to keep the hope of love alive?

After finishing the book, I settled down to watch the movie version of The Choice.

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Here are my thoughts:

  • Why the small changes?

There were a lot of small changes from the book version. For example, the name and profession of Gabby’s boyfriend was changed. Travis did not have an on-again-off-again girlfriend. Also, there are different circumstances involving the car accident. Yet, the movie still came to the same conclusion. So I guess my question is, why? Was it necessary?

  • If Superman fought Abraham Lincoln, who would win?

Wait! Before I lose you, allow me to explain. Actor Tom Welling (Gabby’s initial boyfriend) played Superman in Smallville and Benjamin Walker (Travis) was cast as Abraham Lincoln vampire slayer. It was a bit distracting for me to watch these two characters on screen together. In one scene Welling’s character punched Walker’s character. Throughout the entire scene all I could think about was “Wow, Superman just hit Abraham Lincoln in the face!”

  • Southern accents, am I right?

Am I right?

Final Rating:

Book- 4 stars

Movie- 3 stars

If you are looking for a romance that will play with your emotions, I highly recommend The Choice. I promise you won’t cry too much. 😉

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