Over the course of writing history there has always been a slight to major difference between a book and their film adaptation(s). Such differentials are used to attract and keep readers engaged; these techniques have worked for decades and are continuously used in modern writing. The film adaptation of the suspenseful and irony filled short story “The Most Dangerous Game” contains major differences and similarities when compared to the short story originally written by Richard Connell. Although there were multiple differences and similarities when comparing the actual short story and film adaptation of “The Most Dangerous Game” I want to point out the biggest differences and similarities, explain why these major differences and similarities between the short story and film adaptation are important and crucial when it comes to the similar plot of each.
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Although there were slightly more characters in the adaptation than in the story they still provide an important presence in the plot. In the short story Rainsford falls off of the Yacht while crying for help, after multiple attempts he failed. After falling overboard Rainsford swam towards the gun shots he had heard and eventually washed ashore. In the film adaptation Rainsford washed ashore an island as he had done in the story but as to how he got there was very different than as said in the book. The film shows that the Yacht Rainsford and many other characters such as Captain Neilson and Tartar were aboard had crashed on a reef, exploded, and slowly began to sink while other crew members were eaten by sharks and/or drowned making Rainsford the only survivor who would eventually wash ashore. In both the story and film Rainsford walked to a castle like mansion after washing ashore, when arriving to this mansion it’s said in the story that Rainsford is confronted by a buff and scary looking man (Ivan) armed with a pistol which was aimed in his face but in the film this man (Ivan) isn’t armed at all actually Rainsford walks into the mansion after knocking 3 times and is then greeted by the man (Ivan) after entering. Rainsford is also hunted alone hunted alone in the story but in the film he is accompanied by Martins sister Eve who I may add isn’t the best actress. As you can see there are numerous amounts of differences when comparing the short story and film of “The Most Dangerous Game” these were the biggest and most noticeable differences.
Differences aren’t the only things that I noted while reading and viewing “The Most Dangerous Game” there were also many similarities. These similarities were present in various things such as: setting, theme, dialogue, and exposition. As I was comparing the story and film adaptation I noticed the setting was very similar with multiple scenes taking place aboard a luxurious Yacht, in General Zaroffs mansion, the forest, and around the swamp. The setting is a key requirement to any form of literature; always.