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on 27 September 2010
I've read a few film/books in my time. I can remember reading Jaws when it came out and then seeing the movie (the film of the book). They blow the shark up in the movie, whereas the way it dies (it just dies of exhaustion) in the book suits the book. At ten I read the Alan Arnold Star Wars novel, which was effectively the book of the film and it deviatated very little from the film.
Suffice to say Jaws is still on the book shelf and Star Wars, well Star Wars was sold off years ago.
This is NOT the book of the Tom Hanks film. The character is somewhat similar but physically the Gump of the book is bigger, better looking and........well, put it this way, there are things in the book that were never in the film and things in the film that were never in the book.
To be honest I enjoyed it more that way.
The big revelation for me was HOW it is written. Think of it as Forrest telling you his story. There is a chapter of 'reading shock' in which you get used to the wording - next spelt 'nex' and rarely do you get a 'd' on the end of and. Within a couple of chapters you are fully immersed listening to him telling you the story.
If the film helps in anyway, you only have to think of Hank's briliant portrayal to get a face and voice in your head.
But don't come to the book expecting the film. You will get the Writer's Cut!
Is one better than the other? Personally I liked 'em both. You will appreciate Winston Groom's style and grittier story but it will make you pop out the Hanks DVD to see how clever Hollywood can be with converting the written word to the screen.
The book works as a book, the film as a film, but the film of this book or the book of that film.........no.
Well, life is like a box of chocolates......And he says that right at the start of the book, and film.