Cassandra Ponce Ms. Bush English 1 25 January 2018                                                            What’s better? The book or the movie? Some say the movie and others say the book. Each has a different impact on a person, depending on who the person is. In the memoir Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi, the audience goes through Marji’s life. It starts off when she is about 10 years old, while living through a revolution in Iran. She soon gets sent to Austria and builds herself, learning new things, creating memories, and basically living the rest of her childhood and part of her adulthood there. In the film, Persepolis, also by Marjane Satrapi, Marji goes through the same thing but some important parts of her life are missing. There aren’t as many key scenes in the movie as there are in the book. The film did not include many of the important moments of Marjane’s life because they were too long. Instead the staff working on it made revisions to show what Marjane went through in a more efficient way. For example Satrapi didn’t mention the fights with Markus, her friend’s death, the talk with her dad before she got married and smoking her first cigarette. Satrapi displayed the way she became independent in the film by smoking a cigarette but in the film she was sent away to Austria, where she was alone. In the book Persepolis she stole a cigarette from one of her family members and smoked it, claiming she was not a child anymore. In the movie, she was sent to Austria. Smoking her first cigarette was also a giant mark in her life. “As for her, she sealed her act of rebellion against her mother’s dictatorship by smoking the cigarette she’d stolen from her uncle two weeks earlier… With this first cigarette, she kissed childhood goodbye”(Satrapi 117). This part in the book was very important to Marji because she claimed that her childhood was over and that was she was taking things into her own hands. In the film she didn’t do that because it wasn’t necessary. Along with the music and how things were portrayed differently, Marjane didn’t need to be smoking that cigarette in the movie because the tension was already built and Marjane abruptly smoking without any reason why would not be appropriate. When she was sent to Austria in the movie the music changed, implying that this scene is much more important than any other. She was sent to Austria to live with her mom’s friend who sent her to live somewhere else. From that point she had to take on the world without her parents. She learned that she wasn’t a child anymore and that she needed to take care of herself now. The cigarette scene wasn’t needed because Marji would be claiming her independence by being sent to Austria. Marji demonstrates the rocky relationship with Markus, her first love, by adding the way she felt about the romance she once had after the breakup. Since Markus was the first guy she has ever dated seriously, she was completely attached to him. It is also worth mentioning that after the love kind of wore off, they started having fights about anything that was annoying to them. This wasn’t shown in the film because she then added how disgusted she felt about him after. Marjane had flashbacks about how she was used by him and how terrible his writing was. Marjane didn’t need the fights because she would soon realize that Markus was a jerk to her and how bad their relationship was. That scene was an extra and was not in the book, revealing that the relationship was rocky. ” Then he started to lecture her … and finally, he distanced himself. This decadent side, which had so pleased him at first, ended up profoundly annoying him”(Satrapi 226). The love started winding down, meaning more fights happened. In the film, after the breakup, Marjane implied that the relationship was full of fights, like in the book, she said that at first her smoking was pleasing then saying it really annoyed him. The way the movie presented how bad the relationship was, was enough to cover the fights that were left out. She didn’t have the talk about her marriage with Reza with her father in the movie because her distress about was already shown in the pictures she flashed on the screen after the ceremony. This is a very efficient way to replace the talk with her father. “Dad! Reza asked her to marry him! She doesn’t know what to do. She is the only one who can know. At the same time, if she wants to know him, she must live with him, and for that, she must marry”(Satrapi 312). Marjane is very confused about the marriage situation and seeked her father’s help to make a decision. As the reader can tell, her father implied that marrying Reza was the best choice for Marjane. Marjane’s face in the pictures of the film, looked of discomfort and stress. Like in the book, her face was not shining like many brides, meaning she was regretting her decision internally. The talk wasn’t needed, Marjane’s uncertainty was shown on her face and her actions. In the film , Marjane didn’t express her anger and grief by drinking the most she has ever drank in her entire life like in the book. Her friend Farzad didn’t make the jump over a building to escape from the police and fell, dying on impact. Drink to forget is common saying and that is what Marjane is implying in the book. “Poor Farzad… she can’t believe he’s dead. That same night Ali had a big party at his house. She never drank so much so much in her life”(Satrapi 311). The movie didn’t show this but it did show how dramatic it was when he died. Everything was quiet and the screen turned dark before he tripped and died. The narrator later moved on quickly as if it was too much too handle. This quick change shows how important it was, so there was no need in mentioning how much she drank. Books and movies are different from each other, meaning each has a different impact on the viewer/reader. Of course movies can put moments like Marji’s in there in a more efficient way like Persepolis did, but the way it is perceived depends on the consumer. The film did not include many of the important moments of Marjane’s life like how the book demonstrated these instances but it did display these scenes in a much more efficient way. Show not tell is what the movie established. Some things are better off left alone than being checked over a 1000 times. Works Cited Satrapi Marjane Persepolis Pantheon Books, 2003. Persepolis Directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud Sony Pictures Classics May 23, 2007

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