My mom and I were watching TV the other day, and we kind of got caught up into a movie which was allegedly the 1996 adaptation of ‘Moll Flanders,’ but the story didn’t seem familiar at all. So I went back and re-read the book, and NOTHING THAT HAPPENS IN THE MOVIE ALSO HAPPENS IN THE BOOK!!! Not a single damned thing.
In the film, Moll’s mother is hung in prison after Moll’s birth. In the book, she is transported, so that, much later, she can accidentally take Moll in and Moll can accidentally marry her son (Moll’s own brother) and accidentally have three children by him. SSSSCANDALOUS!
The movie ends with Moll being abducted by her former whorehouse madam (who is a figment entirely of the film), and the ship they’re on going down and Moll surviving and assuming the identity of the perished madam and summoning the daughter she inadvertently abandoned. In the book, she is captured and tried and convicted and transported, and runs into one of her previous five husbands (not the one that was her brother, but the other one that she never actually divorced, who only married her because he thought she was rich and she vice versa, and when they both found out that neither of them were rich, and that they were essentially ruined by the union, they amicably parted ways to seek their own fortunes, both of which, apparently, included malfeasance) and they pick up their marriage where they left off, except now as convicted felons, and prosper gloriously.
It’s two completely different stories. It’s like the opposite of plagiarism.
Five caterpillars, because I kind of got bored at the end and didn’t finish. I’ve read it before, I’m allowed to do that.