Skipping Christmas

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Comparison: Movie and Its Source

The movie, “Christmas with the Kranks”, directed by Joe Roth is based on the book, Skipping Christmas, by John Grisham. In both the movie and the book Luther and Nora Krank watch their only daughter Blair Krank join the Peace Corps. They feel lost without her and decide not to spend Christmas moping around but to go on a cruise and save their money by not buying their usual Christmas items. On Christmas Eve Luther and Nora receive a surprising phone call from Blair saying that she will be home for Christmas and is bringing her new fiancée with her. In a state of panic Luther and Nora try to decorate their home and throw a Christmas party together in just 12 hours. Although their neighbors are mad that the Kranks had intended to skip Christmas, they love Blair and believe that a community sticks together. They all work as one to decorate and organize the best Christmas party for Blair. Although the plots are the same there are many differences within the stories.

John Grisham begins the book with Luther and Nora Krank at the airport saying goodbye to their only daughter Blair; however, the movie starts with Luther and Nora sitting on their bed looking troubled when Luther says that they should get ready to take Blair to the airport. The significance is that in the movie you tells the sadness in Nora and Luther by their facial expressions but in the book it describes the airport and everything that’s going on around them giving a sense of sadness without being able to see their facial expressions.

After they drop off Blair at the airport, Nora wants to get some chocolate. The book describes the shops, the crowds, and a variety of people along with the Santa’s who are on every corner when Luther is walking down the street to the store. In the movie, however, it just shows Luther walking in and out of the chocolate store and Luther sees only one Santa who is selling umbrellas in front of the store. The significance...
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