What's the Difference between (novel and screenplay) the Book and A Dog's Purpose the Movie?


(novel and screenplay)

Released: 2012
Author: Cameron, W. Bruce

A Dog's Purpose

Released: 2017
Director: Hallström, Lasse
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Portrayed by: John Ortiz
Portrayed by: K. J. Apa
Portrayed by: Kirby Howell-Baptiste
Portrayed by: Britt Robertson
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   Ethan lived with a woman in Chicago for a while but never married. No details on his earlier life after college.
   Ethan puts Bailey's old Collar on Buddy but later buys him a new one. Ethan buys a new collar and has a new tag made for Buddy.
   Buddy decides that his purpose in life is not to Find humans but to Save them. Buddy decides his purpose in life is to find, save and be with humans.
   One day while Ethan is working the farm, Buddy walks to the park and sees Carly with her owner (Rachel). Buddy follows them back to a house where Hannah eventually walks out to see Buddy. Rachel is Hannah's daughter. Hannah reads Buddy collar tag and sees that he belongs to Ethan. Buddy decides to look for Hannah. He goes to the park and finds the yellow dog (Carly) and follows her owner home where he meets Hannah. Hannah sees that the tag identifies Buddy as belonging to Ethan.
   Ethan comes to Hannah's house to get Buddy an hour later. He expresses condolences for Hannah's loss of her husband 15 years ago. She tells him she moved back into town two years ago. He invites her for dinner at his place. Hannah drives Buddy home to Ethan. He expresses condolences for Hannah's loss of her husband 15 years ago. She tells him she moved back into town two months ago. Ethan after some hesitation asks Hannah out on a date. They kiss.
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Thank you for the details of the cat. I was going by memory when I wrote the page. I updated the entry. -Ranb
07 Feb 2017 Ranb
. . . adding much to the overall story. The grandparents had nothing to do with Ethan's immediate family's cats; I'm pretty sure I remember there having been a shy cat, a barn cat, at the Farm. This cat wasn't memorable, either.
01 Feb 2017 Anonymous
In the book, Ethan's family has a cat named Smokey. Smokey eventually dies, and the humans bury him, and Bailey mentions that on the following day, he decides to dig the cat up. He couldn't understand why they'd buried a perfectly good dead cat. But this is just an aside, only one (short) paragraph, and we don't hear about any repercussions of Bailey's grave-robbing exploit. Some time later, Ethan gave his mother a replacement cat. This cat was Felix. I don't recall Felix adding much to
01 Feb 2017 Anonymous
There absolutely is a cat in the book.
01 Feb 2017 Anonymous

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