Now for my list. What I liked better in the book:
- Valerie age seven: Except for one scene, the movie left out everything we know about Valerie when she was seven, including her brush with the wolf. It's this encounter that marks Valerie as an outsider in the village. It's what makes them turning on her a bit more believable.
- Our Woodcutter: Yes, he still captures Valerie's heart in both the movie and book. It's their encounters that give us the romance we so love in stories. However, their journey to this romance is a bit different. Absence makes the heart grow founder in the book as our two lovers are separated for years and reunite one dark night.
- The secret identity of the wolf: Throughout the entire story, we're unsure of who the wolf is. Could it be the handsome blacksmith or the bad boy woodcutter? The book left it a mystery while the movie revealed all in the end.
- Valerie's ability to hear the wolf: The movie gave the answer to this and while it was nice to know, I think I still prefer not knowing. The book left that aspect alone which just added more to the mystery of the wolf: who he is and why she was so connected to him?