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Breakfast at Tiffanys So often the original idea of a novel is lost when the story is transferred from paper to film Truman Capotes Breakfast at Tiffanys is an excellent example of such a case While the movie and the book are both immensely charming they are so respectively in their own right One of the most notable differences between the book and movie Breakfast at Tiffanys is the point of view Capote wrote his novella from the first person perspective In the film the camera takes an objective third person view Edward Blake also alters the mood of the Breakfast at Tiffanys significantly In the film romance hangs heavily in the air In the book there is no romance between Holly Golightly and Paul Varjack In addition to a change of mood the director also develops the characters more than Capote did In the film Holly Golightly and Paul Varjack are dynamic characters In the book both are static Blake Edwards also took artistic license with the characters themselves as well as their development A few minor characters were left out while others were played up The length of Capotes novel was handled extremely well by the director It would most likely take the same amount of time to read the book as to view the movie No other aspect of Capotes novel suffers more than its very theme The theme of the original novel was restlessness fear ambition The theme of the film was inarguably love Capote never philosophizes about anything other than Holly Golightlys very persona The philosophical musings are transcribed into only two scenes in the movie View expectations will differ depending on whether or not the reader has read the book before viewing the movie and whether or not the drastic changes will bother them One of the reasons the film differed so much from the book is because of marketing When Capote wrote his novel he did
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