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eng 203 high fidelity response 3

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Sabrina Baez English 203 October 13, 2009 “What Came First the Music or the Misery?” It is a well known fact that movie adaptations usually don’t compare to their book version counterparts, except in rare cases. The film version of High Fidelity is an exception. Nick Hornby’s novel High Fidelity is a pop culture classic and the director of the film version, Stephen Frears, did an amazing job living up and even surpassing the expectations of the adaptation. In comparison to the novel, the film version of High Fidelity brings a lot more to the table for the audience. The film makes the characters and situations more relatable to the audience; it gives faces to the names. It draws in the audience by using well known actors and actresses to play average Joe characters. The film version is much more focused then the book giving the story a happy ending and the cutting out and adding of certain scenes really makes a difference. The most important improvement the film version of High Fidelity made was making the Rob character seem less vain and depressed, and more likable so that the everyday person could relate with him and his relationship and life issues. The most noticeable aspect of the film adaptation of High Fidelity was the stand out cast which included John Cusak as Rob, Jack Black as Barry, which are two of the more prominent changes in character, and Lisa Bonet as Marie Desalle, Joan Cusak as Liz, Catherine Zeta Jones as Charlie, and Tim Robbins as Ian. John Cusak brings sensitivity and warmth to the Rob character. He is known for playing lovable and relatable characters and this is definitely brought to his version of Rob. In the book Rob is a self loathing yet selfish guy. He is constantly complaining about women and his life in general: "“Have you got any soul?" a woman asks the next afternoon. That depends, I feel like saying; some days yes, some days no. A few days ago I was right out” (Hornby 75). In the movie John Cusak successfully makes you root for his character, you want him to save the day and get the girl; however in the book, especially read by
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