November 19, 2009
“Friday Night Lights”
When the novel “Friday Night Lights” is compared to the movie, there are some differences. The novel “Friday Night Lights” is a classic and is a prominent sports novel for its time. The movie “Friday Night Lights” is a memorable movie for all sports fans, but the novel portrays the life and times of the Odessa, Texas football players better. The novel and movie seems to appeal to anyone that ever wanted to be a hero, but never accomplished heroism. The novel and movie both have great characterization, theme, description, setting, plot, and point of view, even though there are some differences between the two. The movie left out about seven chapters of the novel, which if these chapters would have been included in the movie, it would have explained the town and players in a much better sense.
The movie and novel both express how Odessa, Texas is a small blue collar town, where the football team is the life of the town. The football players are expected to live up to their fathers and coaches legacy. When the town of Odessa, Texas gets a new coach the football players have to quickly adapt to the coaches style. The Odessa football team is built around the star running back Boobie Miles, one of the two black players on the team. One difference between the novel and movie is the football player’s numbers on their jerseys. In the novel Boobie Miles number was 35, but in the movie it was 45. Brian Chavez’s number in the novel was 85, but in the movie it was 4. Ivory Christian, the other black player on the team, number was 62 in the novel, and in the movie it was 90. The movie and novel describes the personalities of the football players different. In the movie Ivory Christian was quiet and hardly ever spoke a word, but in the novel he was a leader and had an outgoing personality. Many of the player’s personalities were different in the novel and movie.
In the town of Odessa,...