Compare & Contrast

Book: Holes by Louis Sachar
Movie: Holes Walt Disney
After reading the book Holes by Louise Sachar, (1998), I decided to watch the move.   I knew that the movie would be different because everyone interprets things differently.   But, I was surprised to see a few similarities.
A curse that started with Stanley Yelnats no-good-dirty-rotten-pig stealing great-great-grandfather has followed generations of Yelnats. Madame Zeroni placed this curse on the Yelnats because Stanley’s great-great-grandfather did not carry her up the mountain to drink from the water. As Stanley was walking home from school, a pair of tennis shoes fell from the sky and hit him on the head. The shoes were stolen from a homeless shelter. Stanley was caught with the shoes and sentenced to 18 months at Camp Green Lake.   At Camp Green Lake the boys dig holes 5 feet wide and 5 feet deep. The boys dig because the warden is looking for something.     One day a boy named Zero got angry and ran away. A couple of days later Stanley goes after Zero. With no food or water they start their journey to a mountain.   Zero is in a lot of pain so when they make it to the mountain Stanley has to carry Zero. They make it to the top and drink the water. They finally decide to head back to camp. When they get to camp, the boys start to dig and as soon as the boys pull out a treasure chest the warden is standing over them. The next morning Stanley’s lawyer comes to camp to tell Stanley he is being released. Despite what the warden said the chest was Stanley’s because Stanley Yelnats was written on the side. There were no files on Zero, whose real name is Hector Zeroni, so he and Stanley were released and the curse was broken. A Yelnats had carried a Zeroni up the mountain to drink the water. Zero and Stanley became millionaires. The Attorney General closed Camp Green Lake and the warden sold the land. It will become a Girl Scout camp (Sachar, 1998).
The book and the movie were similar in a lot of ways....