Manytimes, books are turned into movies and every time there are always multiplekey differences between them. The book and its film adaptation “The 5thWave” by Rick Yancey and directed by J. Blakeson is no exception, the moodof trust signifies that the removal of characters, its relationships and itselements existing in the book changes the storyline of events endlessly. A keydifference between the book and its film adaptation is that the film decided toremove an important character present in the book, Doctor Pam.
Before we get toknow about her significance that she made in the book, let me give you anintroduction to their characters. Doctor Pam is almost like an undercover agentfor the “others”. She is the main doctor at the Write Patterson Armyarea, where she supervises all the new-comers/learners into the camp and placetrackers inside them and add them to the program “Wonderland”. Sheeventually dies at the end when Cassie chokes the doctor to death to find herbrother at the end. So how does she make a significant change, as she is not inthe movie? As I stated in the beginning of my summary about her, she is themain doctor in the Write Patterson area who would train and supervise all the new-comers/learners,so as she wasn’t in the movie, No one was trained or “brainwashed” byher words which really made an impact on the newcomers as they would do whatthey wished and weren’t stopped by anyone.
Instead in the movie, we she just seea doctor named “Reznik” who would insert a small capsule like tracker into theback of the neck. When in Chapter 31, when Ben had asked her “what does thetracker do?” She says, “It maps you!”. Ben also states, “Shelooks at me for one long uncomfortable moment, as she’s deciding whether totell the truth!”.
This states how unconfident and nervous Doctor Pam is.She also seemed to be blackmailing everyone in an indirect way. She stated,”It’s how we stop them before there’s no one left to stop them” toBen Parish to make him kill his partner who was suspected to be a “other”. Thisgives us proof on how she would have probably threatened everyone before inorder to make someone innocent do the work that shouldn’t be done in the firstplace because the capsule shows humans as the others which is a truth we findout later in the book. Nowas I move on to my second statement on what are the key differences in the bookand its film adaptation, I would like to talk about the relationships betweenthe characters itself.
As the movie ends, we see that in the book, Cassie andBen Parish express their love for each other as Cassie tells Ben, “Let’s eatDinner, Babe”, When gives us a huge hint towards how Ben wants or alwayswanted to be in a relationship with Cassie. Another huge proof that was statedin the book was that as the end of the book, Cassie says “I’m Shaking,it’s a Dream come true, My hands around Sam and Ben’s hands around me, togetherwith the three of us.” But in the movie, the film ends with Ben going upto Cassie and talking about how and what is next. We then see Ben and Cassiegoing to eat dinner and the film closes off.
This is a huge difference betweenthe book and its film adaptation as the film just changed a must neededrelationship between the main character as both the book and the film showedhow they had a “Crush” for each other. Moving forward, the relationship betweenCassie and her father was different in the book and the film. We could see hugedifferences between the same parts that existed in book the book and the film. WhenCassie and her family had moved into their refugee camp, in the book, Cassietells us how her father had gain her a huge M16 gun and tells her almost rudelyto use it when needed. But in the movie, we she her dad pulling her to the sideand sliding a small pistol in her hands. We then see him telling her to keep itwith her all the time and to use it when she doesn’t fell safe.
This shows howinsecure her dad feels for her in the movie as he says, “Use it when you don’t feelsafe”. Moving towards my last point in this past of the paragraph, I would nowlike to talk about the relationship between Evan and Cassie itself. We see thatCassie really seems to like Evan at the end of the film.
But due to him being a”Other”, we see her almost ignoring him. In the movie we see Cassie wanting to staymore with him. We can conform this by a scene that happened in the movie, in whichCassie is pissed off as Evan had her weapons but was hiding it from her. We seeCassie packing up to leave, Evan promises her to take her to the Write PattersonArea and all of a sudden we see Cassie stopping and believing him again, Eventhough Cassie had a hint on him being a “other”. Moving towards my last argument, Iwould lastly like to talk about the biggest difference between the Book and itsfilm adaptation. The movie added and removed some main components that werepresent in the book.
Firstly, they decided to remove the program”Wonderland” completely. Basically, In the book Wonderland is aprogram that is made by “The Others” that can track into the humanmind. It creates a map of the human brain which essentially is that itdownloads the memory and life of the person plugged into it. At the WritePatterson Army Area, every new child was put through Wonderland to see if theyare infected by the “Others” and are being controlled by themselves. Butlater into both the book and the fiIm we find out the reality. Wonderland wasbeing used to see if the child was best suited to be a soldier, or put into theExecution room to be terminated at the spot. Moving on, In the movie, Ringerdecides to quit and takes her tracker out, but this never happens in the book.
Thismakes Ringer seems to be a quitter in the movie. When Squad 53, the team withBen, Ringer and other were on their mission, she gets shots on and starts to behesitant about what she’s doing and then decides to get quit by taking out thetracker from her back. But in the book, she helps make a plan with Ben Parishon the bus and then we directly see her at the end. Another part that was takenout from the book that involved Ringer was that she was the one who killedDoctor Pam or “Reznik” in the book. Ben states “The round bullet slams into herchest, Doctor falls down to her knees, Ringer comes out alive” which clearlytells us that Ringer was the one who shot Reznik. But in the movie, they showus that Cassie is the one who chokes down Reznik with a computer mouse cable, inorder to get outside and find her brother. The movie also changed a part in presentin the book. In the book, Evans shoots Cassie but then feels bad for her andthen takes her to his house.
But in the movie, we see that he saves her fromgetting shot as another person was going to shoot Cassie. In conclusionof my comparation essay, I truly believe some of these points would have made ahuge difference in the movie. But under those circumstances, the book and itsfilm adaptation “The 5th Wave” by Rick Yancey and directed by J.Blakeson, the mood of trust signifies that the removal of characters, itsrelationships and its elements existing in the book changes the storyline ofevents endlessly. Citations – The Booko Yancey, Rick. The 5th Wave. Vol.
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