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
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In the Book In the Movie
   Maya is trained to understand how Ellie works when searching. Maya enjoys playing with Ellie more than Jakob did. Maya gets into shape and is certified along with Ellie. This does not happen.
   Maya takes Ellie to visit Jakob who is on disability after being shot twice in five years. This does not happen.
   Maya and Ellie go to El Salvador (2001) to assist locating people after an Earthquake. She finds mostly dead people. Sometimes Vernon hides so she can find someone alive. This does not happen. Vernon is not in the movie.
   After finding only dead people, Ellie locates someone who is alive (Maya thinks it's another corpse) but refuses to leave when ordered. Ellie crawls under a building and locates a woman but gets chemical burns in the process. Her sense of smell is degraded and she is no longer able to find people by scent. Ellie is de-certified. This does not happen.
   Maya accepts a proposal from Albert. Ellie is a ring bearer. Maya moves to Albert's home. The dog is reborn as a corgi and adopted by a college student named Maya. She is lonely and the dog is her only friend until she meets a man at the park with a large female dog. They get married.
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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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