What's the Difference between Into the Wild the Book and Into the Wild the Movie?


Into the Wild

Released: 1996
Author: Jon Krakauer

Into the Wild

Released: 2007
Director: Sean Penn
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Chris McCandless
Chris McCandless
Portrayed by: Emile Hersch
Jan Burres
Jan Burres
Portrayed by: Katherine Keener
Wayne Esterberg
Wayne Esterberg
Portrayed by: Vince Vaugn
Ron Franz
Ron Franz
Portrayed by: Hal Holbrook
Jim Gallien
Jim Gallien
Portrayed by: Jim Galliem
Into the Wild Book vs Movie
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In the Book In the Movie
   The book is told through a variety of mediums - journal, interview etc. Little however, from the sister. The movie is narrated by the sister. All Chris's perspective.
   The author of the book actually gives his personal opions on the man he has never met and includes stories of his own adventure. The story sticks to Chris.
   The book goes into details which Chris would not have known - for example, why the bus was there and that Chris's abandoned car was eventually used in undercover drug operations. Sticks to what happened with Chris.
   The book goes into detail of Chris's childhood, highlighting events that show him as questioning society. Starts with college graduation.
   Tracy is barely mentioned - she is just a girl that has a crush. Expended including attempted seduction.
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