Enders Game Book Compared to Movie

1459 Words Nov 27th, 2013 6 Pages
Robert Horn
Professor Ball
Children’s Literature
10 December 2013
The Mysterious Disappearance of Locke and Demosthenes Ender’s Game is a well known science-fiction genre book that is most popular with the young-adult reader demographic. The novel was published in 1985 and written by the American author Orson Scott Card (Card). The official website of Orson Scott Card states that Ender’s Game was the winner of both the Nebula and Hugo awards for best novel in 1985 and 1986, respectively (OSC). In November of 2013 the movie adaption was released to the public with a runtime of one hour and fifty-four minutes and was met with mixed reviews garnishing only a “74% fresh” on the movie critics site rottentomatoes.com (Rotten). Like many
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On the other hand, in the film Ender remains a young teenager the whole movie. This could be most likely due to the fact that the creators of the film didn’t want to have to cast three different aged actors that looked very similar enough to be the same person. Also, this change made Ender’s time at the Battle School seem like it took weeks rather than years which would help move along the flow of the movie and make it so the plot didn't seem to drag on as we watched a six year old develop into a young adult. Even though this change might have positively affected to overall flow of the storyline in the movie it feels like an uneven tradeoff when considering we lose the greater insight to the development of Ender over the years he spends at Battle School. For example, in the movie Ender has a very big problem with authority figures but he is a young teenager and that is socially expected of him to act out towards adults. In the book when Ender talks back to the adults it is as a six to eight year old which is a much more powerful image with a much more antithetical meaning. An eight year old Ender would feel as if he was the underclass and this would explain his subversive tendencies towards the adults who were in charge at the Battle School. Since Ender is older in the movie the back talk and anti-superior mindset he establishes has much less shock value when watching it on screen. On screen Ender’s