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5 Differences Between “Bird Box” The Movie And The Book

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Bird Box was Netflix’s most successful original movie to date. Over 80 million subscribers watched the film within the first four weeks of its release, and it has become a social media sensation. However, many don’t know that the movie was actually based on the book written by John Malerman. Up next are five ways in which the movie took creative liberty on the book’s plot.

In The Book, The Monsters Aren’t Entirely Evil

In the book, the ominous, suicide-inducing monsters aren’t as malicious as the movie makes them out to be. While their effects are real, they don’t go out of their way to harm others. If resisted they typically will slink into the shadows. However, in the movie the monsters target their victims by replicating loved ones, such as when they mimicked Malorie’s voice to try and get Girl to take off her blindfold.

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The Movie Speeds Up The Apocalypse

Most movies change timelines in order to get the entire plotline of a book into a two-hour timeline. The Bird Box movie does the same, shortening the post-apocalyptic action into a span of a few weeks. In the book, Malorie and her sister survive the first wave of suicides, approximately three months, before her sister sees a monster. Malorie also stays with the survivors for much longer before making her journey down the river.

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Malorie’s Sister’s Death Is Completely Different

In the film, Malorie’s sister Jessica dies in the beginning sequence of the film. She crashes her car and then steps in front of a garbage truck as the first wave of suicides hits the U.S. In the book, the sisters survive together for three months until one of the blankets covering the windows comes loose. Malorie finds the uncovered window, then her sister bleeding in the bathroom for a stab wound to the chest.

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Animals Have A Completely Different Role In The Movie

In the movie, the birds are used as an alarm for the monsters to help Malorie navigate the world blindly. In the book, she uses a seeing-eye dog for this purpose. Unfortunately, in the novel, the animals aren’t immune to the monster’s power, and her seeing eye dog gnaws off his limbs and dies. That’s not the only time animals are depicted in the novel either. While Malorie and the children are on the river, a flock of birds passes over them. They see the monsters and kill each other overhead, raining blood and bird bodies on them as they ride the rapids.

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In The Book, Tom and Malorie Are Never In Love

The movie makes Tom and Malorie’s love story somewhat crucial, as he helps her and the children to survive for many years. In the book, however, the only role Tom plays is saving Malorie and Olympia from Gary as they give birth. Gary tries to get everyone to open their eyes, but Tom stops them before dying himself. Malorie ends up alone, without a loving father figure for her children.

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