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

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(novel and screenplay)

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Released: 2012
Author: Cameron, W. Bruce

A Dog's Purpose

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Released: 2017
Director: Hallström, Lasse
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In the Book In the Movie
Jakob
Carlos
Portrayed by: John Ortiz
Ethan
Ethan
Portrayed by: K. J. Apa
Maya
Maya
Portrayed by: Kirby Howell-Baptiste
Hannah
Hannah
Portrayed by: Britt Robertson
A Dog's Purpose Book vs Movie
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In the Book In the Movie
   The dog is born to black Labrador national field champions but is the last to be adopted/sold. He feels like a bad dog for being re-born again and again. The dog is re-born as a large mixed breed and sold by a family in a parking lot.
   Bailey attacks Todd when he sees him setting fire to Ethan's house. Bailey has Todd's blood on him and the police are able to track a blood trail to Todd's house where he is arrested and confesses to the arson. Ethan is badly burned/injured when jumping out of the burning house. He loses his football scholarship due to his injuries. Bailey sees Todd setting fire to the house and attacks him. Todd runs away and Bailey enters the house waking up Ethan and his mother. Ethan lowers his mother out from the 2nd story window with sheets tied together and does the same for Bailey but drops the sheets. He jumps and is injured. Todd is watching the activity and when Bailey again attacks him, the police confront him and he confesses to the arson.
   Ethan of course doesn't recognize Bear/Bailey and keeps him out of the house. Ethan later feeds Bear who stays at the farm. Ethan feeds the dog and then tells him to go away. The dog stays on the porch.
   Ethan meets his future girlfriend Hannah while visiting his grandparents in his early teens. He is told that they played together when much younger. He meets her at a carnival near his town when he is 16-17 years old. They meet as a result of Bailey sensing Ethan's attraction to her; Bailey pokes his nose under her skirt to get her attention. They had not met before.
   The book is entirely from the dog's point of view. Most of the movie is from the dog's point of view, but some is from various human points of view also.
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suck my willie nillie
27 Mar 2017 Anonymous
suck my willie nillie
27 Mar 2017 Anonymous
suck my willie nillie
27 Mar 2017 Anonymous
suck my willie nillie
27 Mar 2017 Anonymous
suck my willie nillie
27 Mar 2017 Anonymous
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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