Into The Wild: Comparing The Book To The Movie

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Into The Wild
Everybody expects to see the best parts of the book when going to see a movie that is based on a book, but most of the time “The book is better than the movie” and that is what happened in Into the Wild. The movie’s theme is somehow same but the way it is presented quite different than the book. The book Into The Wild, is a travel essay written by Jon Krakauer. It is about a young suburban man from a well to do family who hitched hiked to Alaska without informing his family. He was Christopher Johnson McCandless, a fine man but stubborn with his own idealism. He disappeared immediately after graduating from college with honors on the summer of 1990, donated his grad school fund of $24,000 to Oxfam, abandoned his car and belongings, burnt all the cash and identity, changed his name into Alexander Supertramp and started wandering across Northern California. He worked in several places, made new friends, and lived where people welcomed him. Finally he reaches Alaska, his dreamland. He was found by moose hunters dead in the bus 142. He was very much influenced by Leo Tolstoy who gave up his wealth and wandered into woods. He actually avoided his parents and the social surrounding but unfortunately he died lack of topographic map, flooding in the river and eating the moldy seeds. Krakauer portrays Chris as a gloomy, grudge-holding, very unlike the happy wanderer of the film. The movie excluded essential parts from the book and concentrates on Chris’s quest. It focuses more on Chris being adventurous, friendly, warm yet resentful towards his parents while Krakauer shows other side of Chris.
However, the movie directed by Sean Penn was based on the book which was Chris’s life between college graduation and death; it focused on his idealism and his adventures more. The unimportant parts were more elaborated and didn’t go along with the sequence. In some instances it was not even essential to show how the teenager was so infatuated by Chris in the movie because Krakuer barely mentioned. It was same with the two German couple in the book it was written that he got a ride from them whereas in the movie, they advised Chris on how to go to Mexico. The book was told in various medium, multiple interviews, journals whereas Chris’s sister Carine narrates most of the time in the movie although she didn’t know anything about his journey to wilderness in the book, she didn’t have any contact with him after he left home.
People who have not read the book and watched the movie, it was more about Chris’s desire to go to Alaska because he was angry with his parents and was in search for truth but there was more to it in the book. According to Gaylord Stucky, “He said it was something he’d wanted to do since he was little, he didn’t want to see a single person, no airplanes, no sign of civilization……” The plot would have been different if this would have been mentioned in the movie but nothing of the sort was brought up. It was understood that his...

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