The Wildest Thing of them all Childhood

The Wildest Thing of them all

Childhood, spiked with creativity is the best time in a person’s life. It is filled with many joyfull books and funny movies. Some movies are based on the books. Often a writer animates the story in the reader’s mind. Books like Harry Potter, Hunger Games and Captain underpants build a child’s beginning years. Often books like these turn into blockbuster movies, based overall on the book. It can be very disheartening for a child to find out that the movie was nothing like the book. “Where the wild things are” by Maurice Sendak is an example of this. The book was published in 1963, and the movie recreation was released in 2009. The differences between the book and the movie is astounding, spreading from the beginning, the transport to how Max took control of the wild things.

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The beginning of a story is very influential, as it decides how a marvelous journey starts to unravel it’s nifty secrets. It wraps it’s readers attention, causing them to dive into the magical world of the story. Maurice Sendak did an amazing job, encapsulating everyone’s attention with his book. Movie screen writers Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers somehow lost the beginning, giving it an uncalled twist. (Quote)”The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind” was how Mr. Sendak intended to start the awe-inspiring journey of Max but Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers had other plans. The opening of the movie is very different, starting with Max building an “igloo” outside his house and trying to get his mom’s attention. This one difference may have given the whole franchise a different vibe.

The way Max transports to “Where the wild things are” is very different in the book and the movie. In the book. Mr. Sendak states that Max’s room started to turn into a forest, where he finds a private boat for himself. This happens after he was sent back to his room after indulging in “michehef” without any dinner: (quote), “so he was sent to bed without eating anything”. In the movie however, Max runs away from his house, into a barren forest, where he finds his boat. This happens after he has an argument with his mother, leading him to run away. This detail caused a huge vortex between the book lovers, giving the movie a very different story.

The wild things needed a leader, a commander to guide them through their lives. This was indubitably Max. The way Max rose to power was immensely different. In the book Max gained power by looking in the monsters’ big yellow eyes, and taking control over them,(quote)” and (Max) tamed them with the magic trick of staring into their yellow eyes without blinking once”. In the movies,however, Max took control with the art of manipulation, making the giant monsters believe that he was an extraterrestrial magician, who could beat 20 people at one time, and that he had beat larger monsters than that many times. Max swiftly manipulated the monsters into believing he was much more powerful than him, and that he should be made king.
This major contrast, causes a huge distorment changing the purpose of the whole story.

Every coin has two sides, and both are equally as important. There were many similarities in the stories:
In the beginning of the story Max fights with the dog(as part of mischief), causing him to get in trouble.
They make Max king, and hosted the rumpus in his honour.
The name of the boat (Max) and the time(in and out of “one year”) and way he sailed into and out of the wild things’ land.

Even though the stories were different, they embarked on the same thing: creativity and childhood. Both stories gave Max’s life a different twist, a different perspective. The beginning, the transport and how Max took control of the wild things might have been different, this franchise caused great excitement between many children and adolescents .

By,
Rudra S.

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