The circle book and movie

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the circle book and movie

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The Circle is a dystopian novel written by American author Dave Eggers. Her initially rewarding experience turns darker. Mae Holland, a recent college graduate, lands a job at The Circle, a powerful technology company run by the "Three Wise Men. Mae starts out in Customer Experience CE , the firm's customer service department, but quickly climbs the company ladder. From the beginning, Mae is impressed by amenities at The Circle, including access to top-notch technology, dorm-like housing, gyms, recreation activities and parties. Mae's very first day at The Circle ends with a party where she encounters Francis, who remains a love interest throughout the rest of the novel. Later, Mae encounters and quickly becomes romantically involved with a mysterious colleague named Kalden, even though she is unable to verify his status at the company, or even obtain his last name.
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BWW Review: THE CIRCLE By Dave Eggers: Which Is Better, The Book Or The Movie?

They say the book is always better than the movie. In the case of The Circle , based on the book by Dave Eggers, I would venture to say that I enjoyed the Lionsgate movie more , which is rare for me. In full disclosure, I watched the movie first, then read the book directly after, so both were fresh in my mind during the comparison. The movie follows the book pretty faithfully, pulling exact sentences and scenarios and bringing them to life. Both mediums are centered around Mae Holland, a young woman who gets a job in Customer Experience at The Circle, an incredibly successful newer company on the cusp of innovation and cutting edge technology. It is The Circle's goal to make life easier, better, more fulfilling.

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So pretty much any time a book gets made into a major motion picture, I read it. Then I watch the movie, where I proceed to pick apart what was done good and what unforgivable mistakes were made by screenwriters and casting directors. For one of my book clubs, we all agreed that reading The Circle by Dave Eggers would be a great choice. We based this decision solely on the fact that both Emma Watson and Tom Hanks were starring in the movie adaption of the book, and everyone knows those two are awesome! Needless to say, we approached the book with very high hopes.

A cautionary tale of the all-consuming technology and social media around us, the movie stars Emma Watson as Mae Holland, a idealistic twenty something who finally gets her dream job, working at the powerful tech company The Circle. Now having millions of viewers following her every move, Mae becomes a sensation at The Circle and has bigger ideas, ones that bring up questions about privacy and surveillance throughout the world. But fans of the book will find some major tweaks in the movie version. A big one taken out is the love triangle Mae has in the book with fellow Circle employees Francis and the mysterious Kalden. Though Ty and Mae seems to have a romantic chemistry, he has more of the Kalden character in him, as Ty is the off-the-grid former wunderkind at the company that reveals to Mae the dark secrets of The Circle. Ponsoldt said the Francis character was in early drafts of the script, but was lifted as he didn't feel central to Mae's evolution at The Circle. To do that, Ponsoldt also changed the tone of the ending.

It's now clear that Hollywood made a hot mess of The Circle. Given that astounding vote of no confidence, you might be tempted to skip the Dave Eggers novel of the same name on which the movie is based if you haven't read it already. That, however, would be a mistake. A better conclusion: skip the movie, pick up the novel, and remember that there are some books that should just never be filmed. Eggers' version of the tale, published in , is a different beast altogether. The movie is trying, in its own confused way, to be a dark dystopian thriller; the book is still dark, but it's more of a whimsical satire. Nothing in The Circle the book is designed to hold up to a second of actual scrutiny.


  1. Lirienne F. says:

    Given how much more open our world has become since Eggers' novel was first released, The Circle's film adaptation should have felt timelier than ever.

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  3. Theodora O. says:

    Luckily, The Circle director James Ponsoldt, who also co-wrote the script with the author himself Dave Eggers, has plenty of experience in this area. Ponsoldt's past two films, The End of the Tour and The Spectacular Now, were both book adaptations. The story still follows Mae.

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  5. Keiko M. says:

    I picked up The Circle by Dave Eggers at the end of , because I really wanted to see the movie. I have this rule that I won't watch a show or.

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