Book vs. Movie
If I had a hard time remembering some things that happened in the novel, the movie reminded me—that’s how good the big screen version was! The bulk of the film follows everything (practically word for word) in the book. What better way to stay true to a writer’s masterpiece? This story is so powerful that it would have been a shame to leave certain things on paper out of the screen version or ruin any parts that were portrayed in the film. Is it possible that the disturbing scenes are done quite tastefully, even though they are hard to look at or imagine? I say, yes—the screenplay does a good job at displaying the more sensitive or offending issues that take place in the novel. I can’t believe it when I say that you could actually get away with viewing the DVD and not need to visit Hosseini’s work, but then you would just be robbing yourself from the author’s wonderful prose! Read it. Watch it. It’s worth it. It doesn’t matter which one you select first, just do it.