In the book, Landon’s father is a Congressman for North Carolina who lives in Washington, D. C. for nine months of the year and the only reason why Landon doesn’t have a good relationship with him is that he’s never there. However, in the book his father is a doctor and Landon hates him for his parents being divorced and his father living with someone else. When it comes to Jamie becoming so sick that she can’t leave the hospital, in the book it’s Landon’s mother that goes to his father about helping Jamie come home but in the movie, it’s Landon who drives to ask his father to help Jamie. In both the book and the movie, however, Landon’s father does end up finding a way to help Jamie go home.
Landon is portrayed as a troublemaker in the book, however, not nearly as much as he is in the movie. In the book and movie, Landon does hang out with the popular and troublesome kids who bully anyone that isn’t like them. Yet, in the book, Landon runs for class president. This is way outside the character of the Landon that is portrayed in the movie. In the movie, Landon and his friends lure a new student, Clay Gephardt, to a factory, telling him that to be one of them he has to jump into the water. However, this is not something that the Landon in the book would do. As a repercussion of the trouble, Landon gets into in the movie he is made to join the drama club but in the book, he takes drama instead of Chemistry II as he considered it a “blow off class” where he wouldn’t have to worry about homework and tests.
In the book, the first real interaction that Landon has with Jamie since grade school is when he asks her to be his homecoming date. The homecoming dance is a big deal in the book as all of those on the student council had to attend. However, the dance was completely left out of the movie.
In both the book and the movie the characters are young, seniors in high school, however, the year is completely different. In the movie, instead of going with the time in which the book is represented, 1958-1959, it stays with the range of the 2000s. Making the story more modern than having that old-fashioned feel.
One significant difference between the book and the movie is how religion is a very large factor in the book. In the movie, Jamie talks about how everything is God’s plan and they show them going to church as well as how Jamie’s father is the minister of their Baptist church but there isn’t much about it. Throughout the entire book, Jamie and Landon are reading the Bible and that doesn’t show at all in the movie.
Landon’s friends are a huge factor in the book as well as in the movie. However, like everything else, there are quite a few differences. In the movie they are always ridiculing Jamie right to her face, however, they only do so behind her back in the book. She doesn’t tolerate it so much in the movie though, she actually fights back in her own way. But in the book she just goes on, trying to ignore it all, but it makes her sad to know that they make fun of her. Eventually, in the movie, Landon actually punches one of his friends for making fun of Jamie, but in the book, this never happens. Another difference is in the book where Eric and Margaret come to apologize to Jamie for making fun of her all the time once they find out she is sick. But in the movie, Landon’s friend comes to him separately and apologize to him, not to Jamie, and they don’t come at the same time as they do in the book.
There are so many big and little differences between the book and movie that this list could go on for some time. However, I believe that I will round out these differences with that of Jamie and Landon’s wedding. In the book, Jamie is so sick that she can hardly make it down the aisle. But she does it! However, when she gets to Landon at the end she has to sit in a wheelchair to say her vows because she is so weak. Landon even goes down to his knee so he is level with her, Landon’s dad does as well. However, in the movie, Jamie makes it down the aisle without a problem, even though you can still tell she is quite sick. She doesn’t sit in a wheelchair either at the end but stands the entire time to say her vows to Landon. I think it would have made such a bigger impact if the wedding followed along with what was in the book.
Book Review: A Walk to Remember