Is the movie mostly the same as the actual book?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

For the most part, both are the same.  I think that one can use references to both and not miss a beat.  Beth Henley writes the play.  She is also the writer of the screenplay.  This means a couple of things.  The first is that she was able to transfer the emotional and dramatic qualities from the stage to the screen.  The other element that her writing the film means is that she, for the most part, finds what is rendered on the screen as acceptable in terms of the cinematic representation of what is present.  The development of the characters and the plot, in general, is similar between both the drama and the film.  At the same time, I think that we can find that the same structure and delving into the emotional dynamic of the Magrath sisters is evident in both.  It is not as if the stage version depicts one reality and the drama another.  Henley's presence in writing both creates a fairly smooth replication from stage to screen.  In this, I would see the play and the film as bearing similarity to one another, ensuring that one could use the film as a good representation to enhance a scrapbook demonstration of the work.