"The Basketball Diaries" Comparison Essay by Master Researcher

"The Basketball Diaries"
A comparison of the book "The Basketball Diaries" by Jim Carrol and Scott Kalvert's movie version.
# 34279 | 1,400 words | 2 sources | 2002 | US
Published on Sep 22, 2003 in Literature (American) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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This essay will examine both Carrol's book and Scott Kalvert's movie and compare and contrast the two. What will be demonstrated is that, although the movie is well-made in that it tells Carrol's story, the power of the diary in the novel as an expressive tool and framing device, which gives testimony to the best and darkest of youthful experiences, is lost in the movie and this lessens the impact and immediacy of Carrol's experiences. Moreover, the movie in turn makes its depictions too broadly and morally; this is a change from the subtle narrative strategy of Carroll, whose power of characterization is the ambiguity of human interaction.

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