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My Sister's Keeper- Book to Movie Comparison

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Katelyn Butterworth

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Transcript of My Sister's Keeper- Book to Movie Comparison

By: Katelyn Butterworth My Sister's Keeper This novel is written by Jodi Picoult, one of my favorite authors. It was published in 2004 by Washington Square Press. My Sister's Keeper
Movie Directed by: Nick Cassavetes Works Cited My Sister's Keeper. Dir. Nick Cassavetes. Perf.
Abigail Breslin, Cameron Diaz, Sophia Vasselieva,
Alec Baldwin. New Line Cinema, 2009. DVD.

"My Sister's Keeper." IMDb. IMDb.com, n.d. Web. 01
Mar. 2013.

My Sister's Keeper Movie Poster. Digital image.
Impawards.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Feb. 2013

Picoult, Jodi. My Sister's Keeper: A Novel. New York:
Atria, 2004. Print. Mise En Scene Dominant
Kate and Taylor dancing
Lighting Key
Low Key lighting
Shot and Camera Proxemics
Medium shot
Eye level shot
Color Values
Lens/Filter/ Stock
Telephoto lens on Kate and Taylor with red filter
Subsidiary Contrast
All the dancing couples in the back and singer
Kate and Taylor are detailed and the others becomes less and less focused the further they are from the camera My Sister's Keeper
Book Cast Abigail Breslin- Anna Fitzgerald
Sofia Vassilieva- Kate Fitzgerald
Cameron Diaz- Sara Fitzgerald
Jason Patric- Brian Fitzgerald
Alec Baldwin- Campbell Alexander Awards Teen Choice Award (2009)
Choice Summer Movie: Drama
Young Artist (2010)
Best Performance in Feature Film- Leading Young Actress (Abigail Breslin)
Best Supporting Actress (Sophia Vassilieva) Rated PG-13 My Sister's Keeper is a narrative told from various characters point of view. The main character, Anna Fiztgerald, was born for one purpose, to save her sister, Kate, who was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia. Kate's kidneys are failing and her mother, Sara, wants Anna to donate one of hers to save Kate, as she has done all her life. The only problem is, Anna doesn't want to do it anymore. Anna sues her parents for the legal rights to her own body and, with the help of Campbell Alexander, wins her case. However, on their way to visit Kate in the hospital, Campbell and Anna get into a car accident and Anna is pronounced brain dead; Kate receives her kidney and lives.
The novel begins with Anna's point of view, she's thinking about the circumstances in which most children are brought into the world, and then begins talking about how she was brought into. Anna was born for the sole purpose of saving her sister. As the novel progresses you learn more about Kate and Anna and how strong their sisterly bond is, this bond is tested in the most brutal of ways when Kate asks Anna to let her die. In the end, in a dramatic twist of fate, it is Anna who ends up dying young. Kate lives and even though her sister is gone in body she never leaves Kate because it is Anna's blood flowing through her veins and Anna's kidney filter that blood. Summary Literary Devices Imagery Summary Anna Fitzgerald is tired of being her sister's donor and has enlisted the help of super attorney Campbell Alexander to aid her in being medically emancipated from her family, she wants the right to her own body. Her mother, retired attorney Sara Fitzgerald, acts as the opposing counsel in an obsessive attempt to get Anna to donate her kidney and save Kate. The movie follows the theme of the bonds of sisterhood fairly well even though there is a pair of sisters that are missing, Julia and Isobel Romano. When Anna takes the stand in court is where this bond is ultimately put to the test. This is where we find out the real reason for the trial; Kate wants to die. Cinematic Techniques 1hour 17minutes 56seconds 57minutes 30seconds 29minutes 27seconds The movie uses a telephoto lens a lot as well as playing with with angles. Most of the shots in the film are medium or close ups and are shot at eye level. However, there are a few where the angles are changed like the screen shot on the bottom. A good majority of the frames are open but there are some where it is a closed frame shot (screen shot 2). In the top photo there is a telephoto lens and a red filter signifying romance and love. Composition
Kate and Taylor are in the very front with all other couples placed haphazardly behind.
Open form
Loose framing
three to four different planes
Character Placement
Couples are close suggesting attraction to one another
Staging Positions
Looking into each others eyes
Character Proxemics
Close together, not a lot of space between them suggesting comfortable and intimate Metaphor "There are stars in the night sky that look brighter than the others, and when you look at them through a telescope you realize you are looking at twins. The two stars rotate around each other, sometimes taking nearly a hundred years to do it. They create so much gravitational pull there's no room for anything else. You might see a blue star, for example, and realize only later that it has a white dwarf as a companion- that first one shines so bright, by the time you notice the second one, it's really too late" (Picoult 415-416). Symbolism "Brother, I am fire
Surging under the ocean floor.
I shall never meet you, brother-
Not for years, anyhow;
Maybe thousands of years, brother.
Then I will warm you,
Hold you close, wrap you in circles,
Use you and change you-
Maybe thousands of years, brother." (Picoult 6). "My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last he night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends-
It gives a lovely light!"
(Picoult 47). Foreshadowing "Visibility sucks. The rain, if possible, is coming down even harder. I have this brief vision of it pummeling the car so hard it crunches like an empty Coke can..." (Picoult 411). Simile "Rain falls, and runs down a mountain into a river. The river finds its way to the ocean. It evaporates, like a soul, into the clouds. And then, like everything else, it starts all over again" (Picoult 402). The simile that Anna uses towards the end of the novel is in relation to her and Kate. In a way it foreshadows her death and it points to the fact that even after her death Anna will still live on inside of Kate and that Kate will be living for the both of them. For this I chose two quotes that show both sides of the symbol. The first is from Carl Sandburg's "Kin" and the second is from Edna St. Vincent Millay's "First Fig" from A Few Figs from Thistles, both of these are epigraphs used by Picoult. They both speak of fire and they symbolize the family burning itself out trying to keep Kate alive. "The angel that arrives is wearing Armani and barking orders into a cell phone as she enters the hospital room... Zanne soothes when I burst into tears. 'Did you really think I'd listen to you when you told me not to come?'" (Picoult 71). Character Analysis Comments on the Movie The music and score in the movie is a lot of slow tempo, upbeat music. There are very few instances where silence is present and it is usually when it changes to another characters perspective. There were a lot of discrepancies from the novel to the movie and even between different times in the movie, for example, when Kate was little she had blond hair and yet every time you saw her with hair she was a brunette. The movie also cut out the Character of Julia Romano who was supposed to be the guardian ad litem. However, the biggest differences that, even to this day, irks me is that the director decided to have the wrong sister die in the end. There are so many littler differences that I could list but then this project would take far too long to grade. This metaphor is probably my favorite, because it sums up Anna and Kate perfectly; the family is so completely engrossed in Kate's sickness that they don't realize any of the problems with Anna or Jesse. These problems only attract attention when it's too late to help them, too late to change, too late to fix the mistakes that, in your preoccupation, neglected to see in the first place. Anna's comment on the weather foreshadows the car accident she and Campbell get into on theri way to see Kate in the hospital. It doesn't really tie into the theme very well but I thought it was a good example. Sara's description of her older sister, Suzanne, ties so strongly to the theme of sisterly bonds. The fact that Zanne drops everything she has to do at work and comes to the hospital to take care of Sara is touching and shows the strength of their bond as sisters. The protagonist, Anna Fitzgerald, doesn't really change throughout the course of the novel or the film, she is somewhat of a stock character. Although she has many conflicts, both internal and external, the decision to sue her parents, made at the beginning of the novel, does not change. Anna's character in the movie and the novel, to me, almost seem as if they're not the same people. In the novel Anna is a very passive and timid character, who seems incredibly unsure of herself. In the movie,
however, Anna is portrayed as a very
headstrong, and in the film the sisterly
bond between the her and Kate doesn't
seem to be as strong. I think it may
have something to do with the fact
that the movie is so everywhere and
doesn't focus too much on certain
characters, like the novel does, that
you lose some of the impact of the sisters'
bond in trying to follow the story. I did not
think that Abigail Breslin was a good casting call for Anna's role, she didn't really fit the image I had in my head for it, I don't know who I would've chosen but she definitely wouldn't have been my first pick.
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