Adaptation #95: If I Stay, It’s For the Music

header095In this two-in-one episode, Dorin and Kendyl discuss the novel If I Stay by Gayle Forman and it’s film adaptation. After falling in love with all the characters in the novel, the duo is rather harsh on the movie’s characterization, but give it credit for resisting the urge to be overly sappy.

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Main Discussion

If I Stay

-By Gayle Forman

-Published in 2009

-Sequeled by Where She Went

-Characters: Mia, Adam, Kim, parents, Teddy

-Themes/issues: choices, life, love, freedom, music, solo v. together

If I Stay (2014)

-Written by Shauna Cross

-Directed by RJ Cutler

-Starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Jamie Blackley, Mireille Enos and Joshua Leonard

-Characterisation: Adam and Mia Especially. and Kim

-Plot differences

–Adam’s tragic backstory

–Little things: he doesn’t offer to walk away if that’s best for her, added drama with Julliard!!!!!!!

–The Circumstances of Parents and Teddy’s Death… including missing notes of how her parents would react to her giving up.

Next episode: The Giver (film)
Previous episode: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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