The Notebook: Is The Movie vs. The Book
The Notebook is a novel that is a quick read because it is engrossing and very light, even though it does deal with some darker subjects, such as war, death, and aging. Voluminous novels take longer to digest, but The Notebook is a romantic drama that absorbs the reader. No wonder this book was turned into a movie because it is very good, but is the movie better than the book? In this case I would have to say the movie is slightly better than the book, but the novel is very good also. Unlike many novels The Notebook mostly focuses on the main characters Allie and Noah, which makes it easier to focus and not get bothered with the details.This is the not most erudite book in the world, but The Notebook is pleasant and spiritual. The book actually talks about religion and God in a non-judgmental and unpretentious way, whereas the movie is more romantic focused. The movie does have its spiritual elements, but in the book these are discussed farther in depth. There were certain scenes in the book that were changed in the movie to ease the telling of the story line, especially the age differences between Noah and Allie. Also, the gap between when they first met and when they are reunited it much shorter in the movie than in the book.
The Book And The Movie Side By Side
In the book Noah and Allie first met in 1932 when she is 15 and he is 17. However in the film Allie is 17 and the year is 1940, and we are lead to believe Noah is around the same age. There may have been a difference in age because some movie goers may not have felt as comfortable with the intimate scene between a 17 year old Allie and Noah who was almost 18, but I am not sure. Nevertheless, I have to say it was better her age was older in the movie because most movie goers can identify with their first adult love around the age of 17 or 18, whereas 15 is the age of our first high school crush. A major difference between the book and the movie is how Allie and Noah are separated in 1932, but in the movie it is 1940 and almost the beginning of the US entry into World War II. This timeline may have been created to make the tension more dramatic because a fourteen year separation between the characters in the book is harder to relate to, especially for a younger audience.
Why I Like The Movie More
Noah's character is so much more romantic in the movie than in the book. Do not get me wrong, Noah always loves Allie, but writing one love letter a day for a year before giving up is much more intense than writing a letter once a month for seven years. In the book it feels like Noah regards Allie as an old pen pal, but in the movie it seems as if he cannot live without her. It is also very dramatic because Noah sends off his very last love letter right before leaving for war, whereas in the movie Noah sent his last love letter in 1939 and did not enlist in the war until 1941! The timeline has been shortened for the movie, which makes it easier for younger audiences to relate too.
On the other hand I love the spirituality of the book and how Noah regards Allie, which is an element that is somewhat missing in the movie. Yes Allie and Noah had a red hot reunion, but the focus of the movie seems to be more about the physicality than their spiritual connection. In the book Noah kept the painting Allie made for him fourteen years earlier and admires it on his wall, whereas her fiancé was not very excited about a similar piece she painted for him. Thus, we can see the deeper connection between Allie and Noah in the book than in the movie. Although in the movie Noah gives Allie a set of paints because he knows she feels most free when she is painting, but even that scene does not go as deep as the book. I love the description in the book of how Noah puts up with Allie getting paint on furniture and around the house during their marriage, which shows the pet peeves couples have to put up with in lifelong relationships. Thus, both the book and the movie have their strong points, but you will never know unless you read the book and/or watch the movie.