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The Kite Runner Book Vs. Movie Essay

Books that prove to be best-sellers often times get made into a movie, but the film does not always stay true to the original piece of writing. There is always slight, and major, differences between the two works. Mark Forster’s adaption of Khaled Hosseini’s touching novel is, in my opinion, not as good as the book. In the transition stages, scenes must be altered to fit the entire story into a nice and timely package, but the movie lacked key factors that made the book so magnificent. The movie, The Kite Runner, was a poor book to movie adaption because it lacked key emotions felt by the characters, relationships within the story were not developed well, and important scenes were left out completely.

One reason I found the book, The Kite Runner, to be better than the movie was that the film lacked intense emotions that were so necessary for the plot to make sense and for certain actions to be justified. For example, the book makes a huge deal of Amir’s guilt when framing Hassan for stealing his watch. “I flinched, like I’d been slapped. My heart sank and I almost blurted out the truth. Then I understood: This was Hassan’s final sacrifice for me.” (105, Hosseini) From this quote you can really dive into the depths of what Amir is feeling due to his actions. In the movie, all you get from the boy is a slightly shocked expression when Hassan “confesses” to stealing the watch.


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