Many J. Blakeson is no exception, the mood of


times, books are turned into movies and every time there are always multiple
key differences between them. The book and its film adaptation “The 5th
Wave” by Rick Yancey and directed by J. Blakeson is no exception, the mood
of trust signifies that the removal of characters, its relationships and its
elements existing in the book changes the storyline of events endlessly.


A key
difference between the book and its film adaptation is that the film decided to
remove an important character present in the book, Doctor Pam. Before we get to
know about her significance that she made in the book, let me give you an
introduction to their characters. Doctor Pam is almost like an undercover agent
for the “others”. She is the main doctor at the Write Patterson Army
area, where she supervises all the new-comers/learners into the camp and place
trackers inside them and add them to the program “Wonderland”. She
eventually dies at the end when Cassie chokes the doctor to death to find her
brother at the end. So how does she make a significant change, as she is not in
the movie? As I stated in the beginning of my summary about her, she is the
main 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” by
her words which really made an impact on the newcomers as they would do what
they wished and weren’t stopped by anyone. Instead in the movie, we she just see
a doctor named “Reznik” who would insert a small capsule like tracker into the
back of the neck. When in Chapter 31, when Ben had asked her “what does the
tracker do?” She says, “It maps you!”. Ben also states, “She
looks at me for one long uncomfortable moment, as she’s deciding whether to
tell 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” to
Ben Parish to make him kill his partner who was suspected to be a “other”. This
gives us proof on how she would have probably threatened everyone before in
order to make someone innocent do the work that shouldn’t be done in the first
place because the capsule shows humans as the others which is a truth we find
out later in the book.

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as I move on to my second statement on what are the key differences in the book
and its film adaptation, I would like to talk about the relationships between
the characters itself. As the movie ends, we see that in the book, Cassie and
Ben Parish express their love for each other as Cassie tells Ben, “Let’s eat
Dinner, Babe”, When gives us a huge hint towards how Ben wants or always
wanted to be in a relationship with Cassie. Another huge proof that was stated
in 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, together
with the three of us.” But in the movie, the film ends with Ben going up
to Cassie and talking about how and what is next. We then see Ben and Cassie
going to eat dinner and the film closes off. This is a huge difference between
the book and its film adaptation as the film just changed a must needed
relationship between the main character as both the book and the film showed
how they had a “Crush” for each other. Moving forward, the relationship between
Cassie and her father was different in the book and the film. We could see huge
differences between the same parts that existed in book the book and the film. When
Cassie and her family had moved into their refugee camp, in the book, Cassie
tells us how her father had gain her a huge M16 gun and tells her almost rudely
to use it when needed. But in the movie, we she her dad pulling her to the side
and sliding a small pistol in her hands. We then see him telling her to keep it
with her all the time and to use it when she doesn’t fell safe. This shows how
insecure her dad feels for her in the movie as he says, “Use it when you don’t feel
safe”. Moving towards my last point in this past of the paragraph, I would now
like to talk about the relationship between Evan and Cassie itself. We see that
Cassie 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 stay
more with him. We can conform this by a scene that happened in the movie, in which
Cassie is pissed off as Evan had her weapons but was hiding it from her. We see
Cassie packing up to leave, Evan promises her to take her to the Write Patterson
Area and all of a sudden we see Cassie stopping and believing him again, Even
though Cassie had a hint on him being a “other”.


            Moving towards my last argument, I
would lastly like to talk about the biggest difference between the Book and its
film adaptation. The movie added and removed some main components that were
present in the book. Firstly, they decided to remove the program
“Wonderland” completely. Basically, In the book Wonderland is a
program that is made by “The Others” that can track into the human
mind. It creates a map of the human brain which essentially is that it
downloads the memory and life of the person plugged into it. At the Write
Patterson Army Area, every new child was put through Wonderland to see if they
are infected by the “Others” and are being controlled by themselves. But
later into both the book and the fiIm we find out the reality. Wonderland was
being used to see if the child was best suited to be a soldier, or put into the
Execution room to be terminated at the spot. Moving on, In the movie, Ringer
decides to quit and takes her tracker out, but this never happens in the book. This
makes Ringer seems to be a quitter in the movie. When Squad 53, the team with
Ben, Ringer and other were on their mission, she gets shots on and starts to be
hesitant about what she’s doing and then decides to get quit by taking out the
tracker from her back. But in the book, she helps make a plan with Ben Parish
on the bus and then we directly see her at the end. Another part that was taken
out from the book that involved Ringer was that she was the one who killed
Doctor Pam or “Reznik” in the book. Ben states “The round bullet slams into her
chest, Doctor falls down to her knees, Ringer comes out alive” which clearly
tells us that Ringer was the one who shot Reznik. But in the movie, they show
us that Cassie is the one who chokes down Reznik with a computer mouse cable, in
order to get outside and find her brother. The movie also changed a part in present
in the book. In the book, Evans shoots Cassie but then feels bad for her and
then takes her to his house. But in the movie, we see that he saves her from
getting shot as another person was going to shoot Cassie.


In conclusion
of my comparation essay, I truly believe some of these points would have made a
huge difference in the movie. But under those circumstances, the book and its
film adaptation “The 5th Wave” by Rick Yancey and directed by J.
Blakeson, the mood of trust signifies that the removal of characters, its
relationships and its elements existing in the book changes the storyline of
events endlessly.



The Book

Yancey, Rick. The 5th Wave. Vol. 1,
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2014.

The Movie

Blakeson, J., director. The 5th
Wave. Columbia Pictures, 2016.

Websites for Research

“The 5th Wave (Film).” Wikipedia,
Wikimedia Foundation, 20 Dec. 2017,

“The 5th Wave (Novel).” Wikipedia,
Wikimedia Foundation, 9 Dec. 2017,

“The 5th Wave Wiki.” The 5th Wave
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