Book Vs. Movie


Room: Book Vs. Movie

Room: Book Vs. MovieRoom by Emma Donoghue

|| Abduction || Isolation || Captive || Family || Freedom ||


To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

The story is told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack. It is about survival, love, family and freedom.


“Scared is what you’re feeling. Brave is what you’re doing.”


What I loved about the book:

  • Jack’s voice came through so bold and clear. I immediately fell in love with his inquisitiveness and the way he cared for his Ma, Room and everything he comes to discover.
  • The book isn’t only about the escape. It is about before, during and the honest and raw after that follows an ordeal like this
    • So often movies and books like this is all about building up the climax of an escape. This book showed you that the real climax is how to continue on living after so much trauma 
  • It was an emotional roller-coaster
    • You felt Ma’s emotions, Jack’s emotions and everyone who comes into contact with the two
  • I loved Leo
    • I wish he got more book time, he was by far my favourite adult. He seemed to just get it, he knew what Jack needed and was able to be one of the few adults who understood. 

What I loved about the movie:

  • The absence of non diegetic sound. This heightened the tension and made you take notice of all the small details you may have otherwise missed
    • All the sounds you heard were real and happening 
    • There was barely any background noise – this made it feel like I was a fly on wall, I felt like I was genuinely in the room watching every event unfold 
  • There was humour
    • I am not sure if there was meant to be…but I laughed out loud a few times
    • “Ma, the door is ticking”
  • Brie Larson is a phenomenal actress
  • I was totally immersed in the story and the characters, I felt genuine emotions
  • Seeing Room was so much more heart-renching than I thought
  • It was so realistic and jarring when they left Room
    • I felt stressed out by the cacophony of noises and distractions when they got out

“If I was made of cake I’d eat myself before somebody else could.”


What was missing:

  • The time in room went very fast
    • This needed to be dragged out longer for the audience to understand her desperation and need to get out and how this was it, all or nothing
    • There was a lot more after 
  • Breast feeding
    • This was lightly touched upon
    • Readers will know and understand that this was a huge shock for some people and she was even asked about it in her television interview. She was extremely defensive of this and it was a huge comfort for Jack. He revolved his day about getting some. 
  • Uncle Paul
    • Where was he?
    • Why leave him out? By leaving him out you left out his wife, the cousins and the whole debacle on the museum outing day
    • The grandparents play a much bigger role 
    • Shamus the dog…really?
  • Living in the hospital longer
    • The movie made it seem like they were only there a night and then they were off to Grandma and Leo’s
  • Jack’s love of reading
    • Where oh where was ‘Dylan the Digger’? 
  • The still birth
    • This was huge! 
    • The whole reason Joy is so hellbent on not having Jack buried in the garden and the reason ‘Old Nick’ puts him in the truck is because that is where he buried their still born daughter. He watched as this baby died and did nothing to help. Joy could fell that her baby was buried too close to the shed. 
  • Hospital staff were left out
    • Where was Noreen? I loved her. 
  • Where is the independent facility?
    • This was an integral part of their recovery and independence 
  • Jacks haircut
  • Jack adjusts to the outside world a lot quicker
    • He struggles a lot in the book
    • He is unable to use the stairs 
  • ‘Old Nicks’ fate is not really known
    • In the book we are told more about this, in the movie we are left to make assumptions about his sentencing 

“When I was a little kid I thought like a little kid, but now I’m five I know everything”


The Winner is:


I mean honestly how can I possibly choose between the two! It is cruel to even attempt to use logic and reasoning to select a winner. If you have read the book and seen the movie then I am sure you feel my pain. 

The book showed so much more than the movie could have ever shown. The insight from the book when watching the movies I felt was needed at times (friends asked me numerous questions afterwards, because they felt there were some plot holes). Yet the movie was so powerful and raw, I mean Brie Larson (There is a reason she won an Oscar) conveyed Joy and the situation so well that I actually felt like I was in Room with them. The movie made you see and feel the emotions through actually seeing Room, better than my own imagination could conjure up.

I am sorry but it is a tie.

Actually I am not sorry…how can you choose?!? 

“Everyone’s got a different story.”


Rating Report
Overall: four-stars

The 5th Wave: Book Vs. Movie

by Rick Yancey
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction
Format: Film

16-year-old Cassie Sullivan tries to survive in a world devastated by the waves of an alien invasion that has already decimated the population and knocked mankind back to the Stone Age.


What I loved about the book:

  • It was perfectly creepy!
    • You didn’t know who to trust
    • The plot kept you guessing
    • The suspense building was a great hook in
  • There was this deep loneliness and sadness that allowed you to connect with the main character Cassie.
    • It was easy to think about how you would act in her situation, I was able to assimilate with the bold choices she made
  • I liked the dark snarky humour of the book – it made it more real and appealing
  • Although this idea of an alien invasion is not an original one, the way it was told and written was well crafted!

What I loved about the movie:

  • Casting
    • I truely thought the casting was brilliant. The only one I wasn’t sure about when I originally saw the casting was Chloe Grace Moretz for Cassie, however she nailed it!
  • Camera Angles
    • There were some unique choices that I thought helped this film stand apart from others in the dystopian/sci-fi YA franchise
  • Soundtrack
  • When Ben sings to Sammy
    • Melted my heart, seriously! 
  • This movie made me cry in a few scenes
    • This is strange because I knew what was coming. Which means it was really brilliant acting to make me sad about something I was mentally prepared for
  • Overall, it felt true to the book
    • That scene were Cassie is peeping on him was to die for!
    • Those abs!
    • That back!!
    • The water!!!
  • This movie made me want to go and read ‘The Infinite Sea’ which the book didn’t. I finished reading ‘The 5th Wave’ and for about 5 minutes I was excited for the next one and then a bright new shiny book series must have come along. This movie has opened up the door for me to get back into the series. I have added it to my ‘Read Next’ shelf…which is growing way to fast!


What was missing?

There were only 2 big flaws that bothered me in the film:

  • The depth to Cassie’s and Evan’s relationship. It went from do I trust him…to kissing him very quickly. In the book this is played out a lot longer. She really struggles with this notion of trusting Evan, versus having a major ally with the skill set he has.
  • The whole reasons Ben takes to Sammy is because he has just lost his whole family, and more importantly his sister. Their whole relationship is built on the loss of Ben’s sister. The movie doesn’t even delve into this connection, it makes the relationship seem like it was just by default. I felt like the film missed a major component of Ben’s character, his sincerity and kindness.

The Winner is…Movie!

I know some people will be reading this and thinking I am crazy. It is extremely rare, that I find the movie version of a novel better than the book itself. The reason I find it better is because I felt the pacing of the movie effectively portrayed the story, while leaving out all the overdrawn parts that bored me in the book.

As I said above, I now want to read the next book because of the movie!

“But if I’m it, the last of my kind, the last page of human history, like hell I’m going to let the story end this way. I may be the last one, but I am the one still standing. I am the one turning to face the faceless hunter in the woods on an abandoned highway. I am the one not running but facing. Because if I am the last one, then I am humanity. And if this is humanity’s last war, then I am the battlefield.”

1st Wave: Blackout

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