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


A Walk to Remember

Released: 1999
Author: Nicholas Sparks

A Walk to Remember

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
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Portrayed by: Lauren German
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Portrayed by: Clayne Crawford
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
   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.
   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.
   Jamie doesn't drive. She could drive
   Jamie couldn't drive. She could drive.
   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.
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