The movie makers took a lot of leeway with the story. There were numerous amounts of changes from the book to the movie. Some worked and some, in my opinion, not so much.
Let’s take a look at my list:
Please note: spoilers are a foot.
1) Starting with the most obvious change, Lena’s removal of Ethan’s memory. I’m still not sure why the movie makers decided to go this route. Except for showing Lena’s love for Ethan, I didn’t see much reasoning behind this plot device. I felt that it made Ethan much more of an outsider in the castor world. True he was an outsider in the book, but his devotion to Lena and the fact that he was her protector of the influences of Sarafine made him much more important to her than just her loving him.
2) The physical relationship of Lena and Ethan. There is this point that comes across about Casters falling for mortals, how it’s forbidden and even dangerous for mortals. In the book, this is brought to the surface by the fact that every time Lena and Ethan got physical with each other, Ethan’s heart would stop and he would almost die. This was not in the movie and I felt that removing it made the whole caster/mortal thing less important.
3) No Marian Ashcroft. Marian was the keeper of the Caster library in the book and Ethan’s mom’s best friend. While her removal in the movie didn’t change any of the plots, I was sad to see her gone. I liked her and her kooky was in the book.
4) No telepathy. In the book Lena and Ethan can here each other’s thoughts and would constantly speak to each other as such. This was not in the movie. It didn’t affect the plots, but it did lose the affect of showing just how connected the two were.
Because of the length of the novel and the movie maker’s having to shorten it to fit into a 2 hour film, I did feel Lena’s and Ethan’s relationship was rushed. There were times where I thought “why should we care?” We don’t get to see the development and therefore invest the time in them before the action starts. But, unfortunately, sometimes this is the case with most adaptations.
P.S. My book club reviewed this book as our first introduction to the club. Check out our thoughts here.
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