*DRAGONHEART PGRN2 (Penguin Reader Level 2) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2000/1/14
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'It was a time when winged creatures ruled heaven and earth !' Evil King Freyne is killed in battle and young Prince Einon is badly hurt. His mother Queen Aislinn asks a dragon to save his life, promising that Einon will be a good king to his people. But he doesn't keep his promise and men and dragons are at war. Will peace ever return to the land? A magical story of good and evil set in the tenth century - a time of knights and dragons! The spectacular film of the story stars Dennis Quaid.
How different is it and how does it compare?
A lot of people say that there are very large differences between the movie and the book, but I disagree. The main difference is that which you clearly cannot convey in the same way when converting a book to a movie. In the book, you get inside the minds of multiple characters with multiple POVs. In the movie, this cannot be done, precisely because they were so true to the sequence of events that take place in the book. For instance, in the book, Einon assaults Kara. This is heavily suggested in the movie, but is glossed over in order to be appropriate for a younger audience. The action itself is another example of how awful Einon is, in both book and movie, but it doesn't say anything specific about his character in the movie. In the book it's explained by Einon, out of dialogue, that he chose to approach Kara that way because he knew his father did it to his mother (so awful!). It's never actually mentioned aloud, and so the movie does not say it aloud, so the movie strips the characters of some more in-depth reasons for their actions because it does not adjust itself appropriately when translating the book to a motion picture.
Another thing they omitted was the romance. In the movie you can see there's a little something they toyed around with between Kara and Bowen, but it never went anywhere. In the book, it does, and there's a moment where Kara laments about what Einon did to her, and how she has nothing to give now. Bowen comforts her and confesses his love for her. It's all very fast and awkward, and I felt was out of place in the book. I actually like how it was glossed over in the movie.
In tone, however, the movie and the book are completely different. The book is a little more serious, and the movie is a light-hearted family film. I love them both for what they are. I do however feel the book lacks in detail. It has a lot of in-depth character moments but overall fails to bring the world to life. However, I don't fault the book for it - every writer has their own style, some think it's best to leave it all up to the imagination. Since I saw the movie first, that was what I saw as I read. I feel the experience would have been much different had I read the book first, so I lose out on that.
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The ending is every bit of touching as the movie. My favorite part was the ending quote, which then it dawned on me how genius the entire story really is. It made me love the book that much more. The book itself is a quick and easy read, and you don't have to be overly-analytical to understand it. Although I despise reading, I'll keep this book, as I know I'll read through it again someday.