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What are the major differences between the novel and the movie Fried Green Tomatoes?

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toniadams | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted September 6, 2010 at 4:24 PM via web

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What are the major differences between the novel and the movie Fried Green Tomatoes?

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lprono | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted September 7, 2010 at 2:54 AM (Answer #1)

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One major difference between the book and the film is that while the novel explicitly presents the relationship between Idgie and Ruth as lesbian, the movie is more ambiguous. This initially drew criticism from gay and lesbian activists because they felt that director Jon Avnet had not clearly defined the relationship between the two women to make the content more acceptable to Hollywood standards of the 1990s. In spite of this controversy, the film went on to win a 1992 Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Media Award. The following link takes you to an interesting review of the movie which also discusses its representation of sexuality

http://www.ejumpcut.org/archive/onlinessays/JC39folder/FrGreenTomatoes.html

You can also have a look at viewers' comments in this blog

http://www.afterellen.com/blog/trishbendix/retro-reviewing-video-blog-fried-green-tomatoes

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