The Last Song by: Nicholas Sparks

Katie Kennedy. Period 6

Key differences between the book and film

Marcus played a much larger role in the novel and was not as prominent in the film. In the book Marcus is very interested in Ronnie and pursues her in multiple instances. Also, Marcus was the person responsible for the church burning down rather than Will and Scott, who believe they were the ones that caused the fire. In the movie, Ronnie's dad thinks he is the reason the church burned down and lives with the guilt. It's not until Will and Scott confess to accidentally setting the flames that Ronnie's dad is relieved of his guilt.

In the movie the scene with Blaze framing Ronnie is abruptly shortened with just a brief encounter with the police officer. However, in the book Ronnie is caught up with paying for her consequences by making court appearances and meeting with her lawyer. The whole idea of Ronnie being framed for shoplifting is ironic because of her troubled past in the city but the film takes away the significance of the irony by condensing the scene.

The ending scene was one of the most significant differences between the book and the film. In the novel, Ronnie returns to NYC and makes an effort to spend time with Jonah and practice piano at Juilliard, The novel ends when Will surprises Ronnie while she's rehearsing and delivers the news that he'll be staying to attend Columbia. This same conversation takes place in the film but instead of in New York they are back on the beach in Georgia. The film takes away the uncertainty felt by Ronnie and the audience of whether Will will return or not.

“Sometimes you have to be apart from people you love, but that doesn't make you love them any less. Sometimes you love them more.” ― Nicholas Sparks, The Last Song