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Sadly, the movie doesn't do the book justice
on 30 October 2011
If I had seen this movie first, I wouldn't have read the book. The book was the most sensitive, touching story I have ever read about youth. Sadly, the film omitted the fact that Jamie had a great love for God and her Bible which was so real in the book. The book was amazing and will remain with me forever. Occasionally the film touched base, but so much of the story's sensitivity was lost. The sunset Landon took the sick and weak Jamie to view; the part about Landon's unhappiness and unease until he found the verse in the Bible that led to him knowing he would only find peace and happiness if he married Jamie, wasn't there. Things were totally changed around in some instances e.g. Jamie's mother's Bible she always carried with her and gave to Landon for Christmas was changed to a book of quotes. No mention of the orphanage she cared so much about and her efforts to help the orphans have a wonderful Christmas even though her time was short? Nothing of Landon's sacrifice of his own pocket money to help make the amount raised from collection bottles for the orphanage worthwhile, which showed the total change to a caring Landon whereas he had been so selfish and unkind before. It was SO obvious in the book, more so than the film. Nothing of the scene under the Christmas tree with the little child in Jamie's arms. I feel the film does not do Nicholas Sparks' book justice. Nicholas Sparks must be a very sensitive person to be able to understand and portray the deep feelings experienced by two young people who loved in a special way. It was an innocent and beautiful story and would highly recommend the book. An unforgettable experience that touches the heart. A truly magnificent story. Well done, Nicholas Sparks! I look forward to reading all his other books!