Book Vs Movie: My Sister’s Keeper

Hi everyone! For any new followers since the last time I did one of these posts, this is the feature on my blog where I take movie adaptations of books, and try to answer the age old question, which was better, the book or the movie. This week, I’m talking about the movie adaptation of Jodi Picoult’s bestselling novel, My Sister’s Keeper, which also happens to be one of my favourite books.

Book Thoughts:

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This was the first ever adult book that I read, borrowed from the local library when I was 13. It’s not the sort of thing I would usually gravitate towards, given that it had no fantastical elements whatsoever, but I felt like trying something new, so I went for it. I ended up really loving it, the relationship between Anna and Kate really resonated with me, I was really intrigued by the ethical issues this book presented, and I learned so much about medical stuff that I never knew about before. The emotional storyline really hit me, especially the ending, and soon after reading, I devoured as many other Jodi Picoult books as I could find.

Movie Thoughts:

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WHERE TO BEGIN? Oh I know, let’s start with the ending, which was fundamentally different and changed the whole point of the entire story. I can’t really say much more than that without revealing spoilers, but it made me really, really angry. I also felt like they changed way too much, like making Anna younger, pretty much ignoring Jesse’s whole storyline, removing the Julia and Campbell subplot. The cast was pretty good, but I don’t think I would have chosen Cameron Diaz for Sara, I pictured her older. They also added scenes that were not in the book to the film. I also didn’t think the film managed the switching POVs as well as the book did. It felt like a very half baked adaptation, and this book definitely deserved better.

Movie or Book Judgement:

Definitely Book here. There were some good aspects of the film, the cast was good, but there were too many structural changes to the core of the story, which meant that it felt like the book and the film were telling completely different tales, and the change to the ending was just unforgivable.

That’s it for this month’s Book Vs Movie, I will be back again next month, talking about The Book Thief and it’s movie adaptation. In the meantime, my next post will be my regularly scheduled Top Ten Tuesday on Tuesday, so keep an eye out for that.

8 thoughts on “Book Vs Movie: My Sister’s Keeper

  1. chocolatepages November 28, 2019 / 9:46 pm

    I read and watched. I agree the book was definetly much better. I liked the movie, but probably would have enjoyed it more if I hadn’t read the book. However the book was so good I’m glad I read it. This was the first Jodi P book that I read and I also have read lots since this one.
    I have only seen The Book Thief film and I loved it. I would be interested to hear your thoughts on book v movie for this.
    Amanda.

    • iloveheartlandx December 2, 2019 / 2:18 pm

      Yeah I think that’s often the case with movie adaptations, I tend to enjoy them more if I haven’t read the book first. I’m glad, it will be out soon, probably over the weekend!

  2. –A Court of Books– November 30, 2019 / 12:08 am

    I watched first, I read second, and I prefer the movie. I think I have the same feeling you had when you discovered the other one, I loved the movie for years before even knowing it was initially a book, and the huge change in the ending made me angry. So I feel you here ^^

    • iloveheartlandx December 2, 2019 / 2:08 pm

      Yeah I think when it comes to books and films, you tend to prefer whichever one you saw/read first.

      • –A Court of Books– December 2, 2019 / 2:56 pm

        Same here especially if the story differs 🙂

  3. dinipandareads November 30, 2019 / 4:42 am

    This is probably one of the first JP books I read and wow, I absolutely loved it. I read it when I was a teen in high school so by the time the movie came out it had been a while but… THE MOVIE ENDING. UGH. Wow. Never have I been so angry and frustrated. It was horrible. And I kept getting angry that everyone was applauding the movie and I just kept telling them to read the book 🤣

    • iloveheartlandx December 2, 2019 / 1:48 pm

      I don’t think it was all that long for me between the book and the film, I read the book in like 2008/2009 and then the film came out soon after. Yes, I was so annoyed, it misses the entire point of the story. I definitely point people towards the book more than the film.

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