What elements in the novel The Blind Side were omitted in the film adaptation?

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The Blind Side is an inspirational book. It shows the power of human love and the effects that love can have in a person's life. You don't have to be a football fan to enjoy this book. It is a great story on life in general.

There are slight differences between the book and the movie. In the book, Michael gets into a fight with one of his classmates at Ole Miss, in the movie he gets into a fight with a gang member from his old neighborhood. In the book, Sean and Leigh Anne Touhy are equal players. In the movie, however, Leigh Anne is the main focus. We see in the book, that when Michael has the interview with NCAA investigators, it is done at his house, with Michael by his side. In the book the interview is done at the investigators office, while Leigh Anne has to wait outside for him. In the book we see that Michael has to pull his grades up, so he takes online classes for an easy A, in the movie it is just shown that Michael starts getting better grades. Nothing is ever said of online classes. In the book, Michael attended Briarcrest Christian High School, in the movie it is Wingate Christian High School. Michael needs a 2.65 GPA in order to qualify for a NCAA school, in the movie it is a 2.5 GPA. In the book, Sean is the riches man in TN, and it goes into great detail as to why, in the movie it is just known that he is wealthy. There are a lot of football facts in the book. Several chapters are dedicated to the history of some plays and players of the game. This is omitted in the movie. Sean is the first one to invest in Michael in the book and Leigh Anne is the one to do so in the movie. In the book, Michael has a affinity for football, in the movie it is shown that he does understand the game and needs to be taught.

As you can see there are just slight little differences between the book and the movie. They both have the same impact on the reader, though. It is a heartwarming story of the love of family and love of the game.