Ms. Hoogewerf
Writing College Success
20 October 2015
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
A lot of popular books throughout the years have been transformed into movies and a lot of movies have been turned into books. The main question relating to these types of transformation is simply; which one is better? When we ask this question we take into consideration which content was put into the book and movie and how any specific details or concepts have changed in any way. Are these changes for the good or for the worst? What does it take to make a book into something that will result in a great movie? When Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas book was turned into the hit movie directed by Ron Howard, changes were certainly visible. The movie had much more events, more characters, and was targeted toward a whole different target audience.
In the book, very few characters were noted. The characters mentioned were the Grinch, the main Who little child by the name of Cindy Lou Who, and the Grinch’s dog Max. Although with such few characters compared to the movie, this was all the book needed to still deliver the book’s main storyline. The movie on the other hand had many more characters, including the Grinch, Cindy Lou Who, Max, The Whoville Mayor, Martha May, Cindy Lou Who’s parents, and much more. Because of the movie having many more characters, this caused a whole lot more of character development in the story and caused a lot of extra details that weren’t technically critical to the story’s plot but certainly added more understanding of what the characters and where they lived was really like.
In the book, only a sparse number of events were mentioned. The main events in the book were that the Grinch hated Christmas, he came up with an idea to destroy it, he followed out with the plan, and the aftermath that followed. The movie however, adds a ton more of events that add a whole lot more of entertainment to the story and also connects the reader more to the story while reading. For example, when the Grinch burned down the Whoville Christmas tree or when the movie flashes back to the Grinch’s childhood as a little boy and tells the viewers how he originally gets to hating Christmas at such a young early age. Events like these, while not being necessarily needed for understanding the story altogether, are added to the movie to stretch the movie’s length, (which is quite needed due to the movie being based off such a short and to the point book). And are also added to give the reader information on how the Grinch turned out to be the way he is and shows what else he does to the Whos in spite of being angry towards them and what they stand for. Small details such as the story taking place in a snowflake were mentioned in the movie, when the book on the other hand did not. “Inside a snowflake like the one on your sleeve, there happened a story you must see to believe.” (Movie)
While the book being aimed toward a younger audience, the movie is aimed toward more of a family audience consisting of all ages. The book is written so short and basic with basic vocabulary so that younger readers can comprehend the book. Every Who down in Whoville, the tall and the small, Was singing! Without any presents at all! He HADN'T stopped Christmas from coming! IT CAME! Somehow or other, it came just the same!” (Book) The book doesn’t have any extra details that would drive the reader away from the storyline and cause them to be distracted. The movie however adds a whole new concept of humor into the story which not only entertains the kids who watch the movie, but the kids’ parents who attend to watch it with them. The movie also adds so much more details into the storyline that causes not only younger viewers to be entertained and intrigued by the plot, but older people to understand what’s happening and not be entirely bored with what they’re seeing.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas the book and movie definitely share their differences. Because of these, the movie