What's the Difference between A Walk to Remember the Book and A Walk to Remember the Movie?

Romance

A Walk to Remember

32%
Released: 1999
Author: Nicholas Sparks

A Walk to Remember

68%
Released: 2002
Director: Adam Shankman
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In the Book In the Movie
Jamie Sullivan
Jamie Sullivan
Portrayed by: Mandy Moore
Landon Carter
Landon Carter
Portrayed by: Shane West
Margaret
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This Character does not appear.
Belinda
Portrayed by: Lauren German
This Character does not appear.
Dean
Portrayed by: Clayne Crawford
Eric
Eric
Portrayed by: Al Thompson
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Clay Gephardt
Portrayed by: Matt Lutz
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Mr. Kelly
Portrayed by: David Andrews
Reverend Sullivan
Reverend Sullivan
Portrayed by: Peter Coyote
A Walk to Remember Book vs Movie
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In the Book In the Movie
   Jamie is very sick during the wedding and needs a wheelchair and nurse during the ceremony. She is in remission during the wedding.
   Jamie couldn't drive. She could drive.
   These events do not occur. Landon buys/dedicates a star to Jamie, gives her a tattoo (a fake tattoo), builds a telescope for her among a few other very romantic things not mentioned in the book.
   Landon became school student body President after his father forced him to run. He doesn't run.
   Landon's friends tease him about Jamie but they never mock her to her face. They know she is a good person and has god on her side. Landon's ridicule Jamie to her face, even pasting her head on a almost nude woman's body. Landon punches his old friend and is publicly with Jamie after that.
   In the book, Landon's friends simply made fun of his attraction to Jamie, and often teased him, even when he denied that he liked Jamie. They never ridiculed Jamie to her face, knowing that she was a better person than all of them. In fact, they were intimidated by her and did not want to get on her "wrong side", feeling she had an "in" with God. In the movie, Landon (before he changes) and his friends mock and ridicule Jamie to her face, but she remains above-it-all and defending herself, while sometimes mocking them right back. In one scene, Dean asks Jamie, "If there is a higher power, why is it He can't get you a new sweater?" and Jamie replies, "Because He's too busy looking for your brain". Both Dean and Eric are secretly impressed with how Jamie defends herself so well with their teasing her.
   Jamie and Landon hang out at her house. They fall in love slowly. They date and have many romantic encounters. They fall in love quickly.
   Jamie and Landon practice together and he walks her home, they bond during their frequent walks to her home. They fall in love more quickly in the movie and don't walk to her house together.
   Jamie doesn't drive. She could drive
   Jamie was meek with few friends. She was sad when she was picked on. She had uncool friends. She wouldn't take being teased. She didn't care what people thought and liked herself.
   In the book Landon's parents were married (though his father was a politician and away much of the time). In the film, In the movie Landon's father was a cardiologist who had left the family and remarried.
   The story begins with Landon Carter at age 57 remembering what happened when he was 17. It begins with a mean prank Landon pulled when he was 17. We eventually hear from Landon when he is 21 years old.
   When Landon learns of Jamie's illness he is afraid and uncomfortable to be around her. He is afraid he will offend her. Once he learns of her illness, he is dedicated to her.
   At the dance Jamie helps Landon after he is threatened by Lew. At the end of the night he admits she was a great date. Landon is using Jamie to help him learn his lines for the play and treats her poorly around his friends. As he gets to know her, he starts to like her.
   Jamie tells Landon it is her dream to be married. She has a long list of things she wants to do, including being in two places at once. Being married in the same church as her mother is at the top of her list.
   Landon asks Jamie to a dance because no one else is available. Landon and Jamie interact as part of his punishment for his prank.
   Eric and Margaret visit Jamie after they find out she is sick to apologize for being rude. They give her money they collected for the orphanage. Eric goes to see Landon and apologizes to him after they find out she is sick.
   Jamie doesn't sing in the novel. In the movie, Jamie sings "Only Hope".
   Landon plans to go to college. He has no goals past high school.
   This doesn't happen. Landon is a self proclaimed bad dancer, and asks his mother to teach him how to dance.
   Landon was initially unfocused, but not a bad kid. He was aimless, self centered and a rebel until Jamie showed him the way.
   There is tension between Landon and his father because Landon is not outgoing enough. Landon hates his father because he abandoned his family and has a new one.
   The play centers on Christmas, and Jamie plays an angel. The play includes Hegbert's struggle as a father. The play depicts the Prohibition Era, and Jamie plays a singer. Hegbert's struggle subplot is dropped.
   The book ends with the 57 year old Landon still loving Jamie and wearing her ring. It doesn't clearly state that she died. It is clear she has died. It ends with Landon returning to see Jamie's father to give him back Jamie's mother's book. He tells him he has become a success because of Jamie.
   Landon willingly takes part in the play. Landon is forced to be in the play as punishment for the prank that went wrong.
   Jamie does not sing in the play. Jamie is a singer, and sings in the play. It is Mandy Moore after all.
   Takes place in the 1950s Takes place in the 1990s
   Jamie volunteers at an orphanage. Jamie tutors junior high students.
   Jamie is a blond who wears her hair in a bun. Jamie has brown hair, commonly worn in a ponytail.
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