ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Books, Literature, and Writing

The Girl on the Train Book vs Movie

Updated on January 22, 2017
Alec Zander profile image

Alec is a film critic with a true passion for the film industry & hopes his reviews and articles will help launch his career.

The Girl on the Train, written by Paula Hawkins, is a modern literary masterpiece that keeps the reader guessing throughout. The book made you feel all manner of emotions. At times you felt bad for the main character, Rachel, and at times you were disgusted by her. Of course, you can't really blame her for her behavior. She was cheated on, left, and tossed to the side while her now ex-husband has a baby with the woman he cheated with. No matter what Rachel's wild antics are, you cannot feel anything but dislike towards Tom, her ex. Anna, the new wife, is just as guilty in the matter but you do somewhat feel sorry for her. I can't...well, won't....divulge what happens but let's just say Anna is a victim too. The real victim however is Megan Hippwell, who goes missing after Rachel sees her with a man that most definitely was not her husband. Scott, Megan's husband, doesn't know what to make of it all. He wants his wife back but most of all, wants to tell her he's sorry because they had a fight right before she went missing.

So, how does the movie hold up against the book?

Well, it holds up very well, actually. The film didn't focus on Rachel's alcoholism, rather, it showed enough to where you knew she had a problem but nothing too graphic. The film focused on the main plot and that worked in its advantage. There's only so much a movie can show since it has a time limit, whereas, a book can divulge all manner of information and description because it has no time limit.

There was really only one main issue that I had with the movie. It's a small issue but for people that haven't read the book, they won't know what happened and where. See, in the book, Rachel's friend and landlady Cathy kicked her out because of the alcoholism. Later, Cathy takes pity on Rachel and lets her move back in as long as Rachel attended regular AA meetings and gave up drinking. The movie, however, left out any mention of Cathy after she initially kicks Rachel out, so by the end when Rachel leaves a note for Cathy, it's confusing as to why she would do so since Rachel was kicked out.

The movie did change the location from England to New York, which didn't make a difference, really. The story moved along just fine regardless, however, I'm unsure as to why the location change was necessary.

Overall, I was quite impressed with director Tate Taylor's interpretation of Paula Hawkins' novel, however, I do recommend the book over the film. The book has a gradual build up, adding tension and a slight paranoia to the readers' minds, whereas the movie had to hurry along. Definitely read the book before seeing the film.

Book score: 4 out of 4.
Movie score: 3.5 out of 4.

You can see my Movie Review here:
http://hubpages.com/entertainment/The-Girl-on-the-Train-Film-Review

© 2016 Alec Zander

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Alec Zander profile image
      Author

      Alec Zander 19 months ago from Sylva, NC

      MizPam,

      I don't see how they were confused. The book labels each new section with the character that's speaking. It's not at all difficult to follow. I completely recommend you read the book before seeing the movie because the book builds suspense and makes you suspect literally every character. The movie had to move along rather quickly but I was still impressed with how well done it was.

    • profile image

      MizPamRoxx 19 months ago

      Alec,

      TY for explaining the Book vs. the Movie, as several of my friends were confused with the book. Some of them said that the book changes POV, as each character is introduced. It was confusing.

      Haven't read the book, but was curious if I should devote the time (as my Reading Stack is about 5 feet tall)! Thx, Pam

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)