Dear John vs. Dear John:
A book-movie comparison by Jasmine Johnson
Savannah's appearance in the book is noticeably different in the movie. Sparks in the novel describes her gap-tooth to show the readers that she is human and like all humans we are not perfect. He brings this human and relatable quality to a fictional character in order to bring her to life.
The real live Savannah in the film, played my Amanda Seyfried, is gorgeous. She seemed flawless and visually different from Ms. Curtis in the novel. Amanda's blonde hair threw me off most since in the novel John intently shows more interest in the brunette girl rather than her blonde friend.
Despite Savannah's appearance differences, her warm heart is permanent in both the book and the movie. In both pieces, Savannah is on spring break in order to build homes for people who had lost theirs. She is also pure, doesn't swear, and is practically an angel. This trait helps keep constant as to how Savannah entices John.
Nicholas Sparks suggests that Tim, obviously in love with Savannah, is very close in age with her. This makes their future flame after John logical and realistic. Also, the autistic kid, Allan, the helps Savannah find he calling in life, is Tim's brother. This fact helps and to the family friend appeal and shows how close they are.
In the movie, there's a whole different story. Instead of Tim being around Savannah's age, he appears to be in his late 30's early 40's. This makes what happens next very odd. He marries young Savannah Curtis on John's deployment and she becomes a step-mom. This slight change in the relationship of the character is minimal but very significant. Because Time is older their relationship seems out of the blue sort of gross. And by making Allan Tim's son, it feels like Savannah usurped an entire family.
Also the Tim in the novel, being as young as he was, was much cooler and charismatic. He seemed to be outgoing and lively. Tim in the movie was very whimsical and meek. This was especially odd since i the movie he is older. I would have suspected his to be more outgoing.
However, in the movie, the picture didn't exist. In the movie they put more of an empathizes on the coins and suggested that that was their only treasured memory.
The love story of John and Savannah felt rushed and that was due to the time restraint of a normal movie. Their story felt more passionate on paper because their is no real limit. However, in a film, special things had to be taken for the sake of getting the main things in order. The director focused on the letters more for instance rather than the picture in order to bring out the love story. And since this is a romance novel, that aspect of the book felt more important to highlight rather than the relationship of with his father.