Essay on Fried Green Tomatoes at Whistle Stop Cafe: Novel vs. Movie

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Fried Green Tomatoes at Whistle Stop Cafe: Novel vs. Movie

“I may be sitting at the Rose Terrace Nursing Home, but in my mind I’m over at the Whistle Stop Cafe having a plate of Fried Green Tomatoes” (Flagg ). Both the novel and the movie received a number of great reviews and honors. However, the two vary greatly in content. The novel, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, brings the reader a much more detailed and very different story compared to the movie.

For example, the character Vesta Adcock as portrayed in the novel is a citizen of Whistle Stop. Flagg sees Vesta as having church meetings and socials at her home and also as being the president of the drama club. “... Mrs. Vesta Acock, this little bird-breasted
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When she walks up to him and he greets her, “Well hello there miss, and who might you be?” Idgie replies, “Towanda to you....”

Not only do the novel and screenplay differ, but the screenplay also leaves out characters. In the novel, Flagg characterizes all of Big George’s family, including his wife Oznell, his sons Artis, Jasper, and Willie Boy. The author writes about these characters in a considerable portion of the book. “The oldest son, whom [Oznell] named Jasper, was the color of a creamy cup of coffee, and the other one, named Artis, was black as coal” (Flagg 75). The movie never mentions the wife and sons, although Flagg writes a lot in the novel.

In addition, the film leaves Artis Peavey, who has a major role in the novel, out completely. Flagg writes many chapters about Artis and his life in Whistle Stop. She also writes about his trip to Chicago and his marriage to Electre Greene. “Miss Electra Greene...became the charming bride of Mr. Artis O. Peavey...” (Flagg 229). The author also writes about his life in Birmingham and the time when he had to go to Kilbey Prison. “Artis O. Peavey had been sent to Kilbey Prison, better known as the Murder Farm, for pulling a knife on those two dogcatchers...” (Flagg 280). Also Flagg devotes a whole chapter to talk about the time towards the end of his life and his death. Despite the details given in the novel about Artis Peavey, the movie never

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