Carrie: 11 Big Differences Between The Book And Movie
Sue's baby lives. When she is entreating Sue to leave her crumbling home, Carrie recognizes Sue is pregnant, carrying Tommy's child. "It's a girl," she tells Sue before flinging her to safety. Sue is also pregnant in the novel, but after Carrie's death, she discovers blood on herself, and knows she has miscarried.
Carrie doesn't know why Tommy asked her to prom. One day Carrie White is having crass graffiti sprayed on her locker and being taunted by a locker room full of her peers. The next, the most popular boy in school is asking her to prom. In the movie, Carrie confides to the compassionate Ms. Desjardin that she doesn't know why Tommy would ask her out. In response, she gets a pep talk about how pretty she is along with some make-up tips. From here, Carrie actually allows herself to believe Tommy might like her, like that way.
In King's book, that weird feeling Tommy experiences after asking Carrie out also seems to be a side effect of Carrie reading his mind. It's clear in the novel that Carrie knows Tommy wanted to take Sue, but Sue was essentially giving him as a prom date to Carrie as a gift, and penance. Carrie accepts this offer less because she has hopes for romance, and more because she so badly wants just to feel like a normal teen girl.
Which do you prefer?
Carrie is now in theaters.
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