In recent news, the highly anticipated movie “The Call of the Wild” has made headlines for the even more highly acclaimed “The Call of the Wild” book by Jack London.
The book and movie are based off the Klondike Strike- also known as the Yukon Gold Rush. During this time, mass amounts of gold were discovered in the Candian rivers in 1897. This event made London himself seek fortune in the winter northlands of Alaska. Although he came back empty-handed, he still gained inspiration for stories like “The Call of the Wild” and “White Fang” inspired by the terrible winters he experienced in Canada. Since its publication, in 1903, the novel is considered a classic- it also included as a chore text in many middle school classrooms. Most importantly, it is a must read for all nature and adventure lovers.
Of course, this topic brings up a serious question which as been debated since the dawn of the silver screen; which is better, the book or movie?
I read the book before the movie’s release, and it’s safe to say that thanks to it is responsible for my newfound interest in survival stories. Although the plot can be hard to follow as it is written in third person, the way London conveys the nature of the spirit and the Earth itself sends chills down my spine many times over. Examples of this being the narrator talking about how hard it is to survive in the world but how it can also set you free. Despite the story being over a 100 years old and never receiving any awards, it still evokes an ageless lure of adventure and survival. I would give this book a 4.5 out of 5 bulldogs. If you are curious about the book as well, you can find a copy of it on Amazon for $6.79 and at the library.
Now the movie, it was a light-hearted, fun, adventurous film. Although some moments of the movie were dramatized compared to the book- or even changed- it was still a very good movie that anyone can enjoy. The filming and acting was breathtaking, most of all. It was all very beautiful, however I prefer the book over the movie only because they made the characters’ growth more meaningful in the book. I would give this movie a 3.9 out of 5 bulldogs.
Whether you like the book more or the movie, it is still a story where anyone can enjoy however they perceive it.