Yann Martel's Life Of Pi: Comparing The Book And Movie

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On September 2001, a Canadian fantasy adventure novel by Yann Martel was published. It has sold over 10 million copies worldwide and won three awards. In 2012, a film adaptation directed by Ang Lee was released. It was nominated for three Golden Globe awards, and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score. At the 85th Academy Awards, it had eleven nominations, and won four awards. Life of Pi, a story about family, religion, and survival has amazed its readers and viewers all over the world. And although these two forms of storytelling tell the same story, well, as we all know, a film adaption is never one hundred percent faithful to its textual source material. There are plenty of similarities in both the film and novel versions of Life of Pi as well as plenty of differences. Going through and pointing out as many as you can can give the person an idea of which version they…show more content…
In the film, the story is presented through a narrated flashback in which grown up Pi Patel is telling his story to a writer. If Pi and the writer being in a house and walking around in a park counts as a main setting, then, the film and book do have a difference in the settings department. Overall, both stories take place in India, the Pacific, and a strange supernatural island. Both versions of the story start out in Pondicherry, India. Many of the same events take place in the movie as well as in the book. Both versions present the origins of Pi's nickname, and his interest in religion. Then of course, the family makes the decision to move the zoo they owned in Pondicherry to Canada. For that, they must move all their animals onto a ship, and sail across the grand Pacific. Not very much happens on the ship. Both the film and novel include a few scenes on the boat but the novel is the only one of the two that plunges head first into the action. "The ship sank" (Martel 121). That's it. It's very

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