Certain the major ones is the romance between

Certain characters
have been changed in the movie. Their personality, looks, and behavior have
been changed. Before describing these differences, between the book and the
movie, it is important to know, that the perception of a character, in the
book, is very subjective due to the reader’s imagination and expectation to the
character. In the movie, the dragon Smaug is truly terrifying. Smaug is shown
as a gigantic, evil, and careless beast that makes any viewer hold their
breath. But in the book, Smaug is not described near as frightening as in the
film. I personally think, that the reason why Peter Jackson chose to make Smaug
even more terrifying, is because of the viewer’s expectations. The gradual
build-up through the movies has raised the viewers fear of Smaug. It also seems
like that Smaug has a greater role in the movie than in the book. Smug appears
in a lot of scene in the movie but only in a few chapters in the book.


If you have
watched the movie and read the book, you will notice that the story has been
modified. In the first movie, after fighting the trolls, Gandalf finds a bunch
of weapons inside the troll´s cave. Gandalf is the one giving Bilbo his knife.
But in the book, Bilbo is the one that finds this blade. He also, later in the
book, names this blade after killing a giant spider. He does not do that in the
book. This is just an example of some of the smaller changes in the story, but
it is not only minor changes. One of the major ones is the romance between the
elf Tauriel and the dwarf Kili. This part of the story is made up and not
included in the book. It is a common thing, in the movie industry, that romance
sells. Mabey this love story was added to the movie because of sale reasons, or
to include the strong female elf character. Not only parts of the story are
changed, but the perspective of the story is changed as well. In the movie, the
story is told from Bilbo´s perspective. In the book, the story is told by an
omniscient author. This has a huge impact on the way the reader or the viewer
percept the story. If told by a narrator, the story seems like something that
has happened in the past. If told from the perspective of the main character,
the story seems more present. The feeling of the present adds a more dramatic
and empathetic effect to the story.  

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