Dumplin’ – 10 reasons the book’s better than the movie

Hey Happy Bookworms!

How are we all doing today?! I just broke up from school & OH MAN AM I EXCITED FOR CHRISTMAS *woo*

I read Dumplin’ last month finally & loved it (this is my review) anyway, I watched the movie on Netflix (while painting my nails & cuddling with my dog ☺) and it was genuinely really good, but with all book to movie adaptions we have to except that there are gonna be things that we hate. IT CAN NEVER BE GOOD ENOUGH!

Let’s have a look…. (Obviously spoilers but I don’t really reveal anything too bad it’s basically just me ranting)

Things I didn’t like:

  1.  They just skipped the whole of Amanda’s character. Completely. LIKE WHAT?! I know side characters normally get their plot line dropped but they just dropped her whole character, like she didn’t even exist in the Dumplin’ world! I think this was bad because 1) Hannah shows that Millie actually has good friends & 2) She wears corrective shoes & does mad football tricks LIKE TRY & TELL ME SHE’S NOT AWESOME!
  2. Bo’s story also gets cut, he says one thing about not all private school kids being rich & then suddenly he’s transferred to the public school & that’s it. We don’t get how he’s there on a sports scholarship, or how his brother hates him for being injured or his awesome step-mum! (basically a real absence of all the awesome characters)
  3. Speaking of Bo, we miss some awesome moments with him & Will like her birthday at the abandoned school or how they went trick or treating late at night. Moments like these, movies always have to miss out & it’s so sad because these kind of things are what make the book!
  4. Another character that gets cut out is Mitch, who’s such a sweetheart 😦 He’s a really vital part of the story because it shows that actually Will has a lot of suitors lining up to go out with her despite her insecurities about her weight.
  5. Also, can we just talk about how pathetic Millie’s character is in this? In the book, she’s this little ray of sunshine that’s secretly a boss & in the movie she’s. so. dumb. Like, literally, she’s portrayed like she’s stupid 🤦‍♀️ Which annoyed me so much & is probably the worst thing the movie did.
  6.  I wished they’d shown more of Will & Bo’s relationship because that was some pretty important stuff right there. I think they only left it out so the movie could be a 12 which sucked because it meant their relationship wasn’t properly explored. Like all of Will’s insecurities & her being able to have a proper romance but then thinking Bo didn’t mean it (all the drama)
  7. I don’t think Will & Ellen’s argument was very well shown either, like yeah they were mad at each other but it didn’t feel like it showed Will’s pain at losing Ellen (like all the texts she wrote but didn’t send) or their big make up conversation! It also felt like it was over super quick but maybe that’s just because you watch a movie in like 2 hours but read a book over a couple of days.
  8. Ellen’s co-workers show a really horrible attitude towards Will & it’s just not in the movie. We need this beacuse otherwise Will is just being bitter and mean about people for no reason.
  9. Will’s relationship with her mum is a lot better in the movie, which I get because they wanted this big story arc of her mum finally accepting her. Like how in the movie, Will basically pushes her mum to disqualify her (Why?!) and then it’s her mum’s idea to escort Elle but in the book, her mum doesn’t help at all & she hasn’t changed, instead it’s Elle & Will’s idea which is a nice point in their friendship but also shows Will doing what’s best for her & not for her mum.
  10.  & finally THE dress. Like in the book it’s described as a very simple, sleek, classy look and in the movie, like I’m sorry but who invited the circus costumer to do Will’s outfit?! 
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The book
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The movie

Thanks for reading if you managed to sit through that! (Or stand through that, I don’t know what you’re doing) 

Despite what I said the movie was really good, especially if you haven’t read the book before. But the book has so much diversity in it & characters that are different in so many different ways but still living their lives & the movie just lacked that, which was sad.

Read the book? Seen the movie? Talk to me in the comments!


17 thoughts on “Dumplin’ – 10 reasons the book’s better than the movie

  1. Sophie @ Me and Ink says:

    This was actually really interesting to read about as I hadn’t read the book so it les me see what the movie missed out which sounds like a lot.
    It is a shame that the movie missed out so much of Bo and Will’s relationship as it was quite brief in the movie so I would have loved to see more and it sounds like there was so much more to give.
    Also I didn’t know about the mum’s relationship was so different- I like the arc with the mum in the movie as it was happy but I can see the book being good as it is more like her decision for herself.
    You are right about the dress as a more elegant dress would have been better in my opinion.
    Great post, it was so interesting to read!! 🙂

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    • El says:

      Yeah, the book tackles a lot more issues than the movie. Will & Bo’s relationship is filled with so many more twists & turns in the book which I think is wayyyy better because it’s more accurate!
      There is a second book in the series so maybe Will & her mum patch it up a bit more in there? Either way, I think it’s important to show a mother character who obviously loves their kid but doesn’t always go about it in the best way.
      Thank you so much Sophie! 💕💕

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    • El says:

      Yeah, it’s always the case!
      But the book has a lot more diversity too which is my main problem with the movie because it’s one of the things that made the book so great 😦


  2. Aditi says:

    I haven’t read or watched either lol. But your list is cool AND I HATE WHEN THEY MESS UP DRESSES URGH.
    Alsooo, Christmas break starts tomorrow!!!! I’m so excited too and we NEED to have super long calls 😉

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  3. vaishnavi says:

    IJUSTREADDUMPLIN’AAAI’MSOPROUDOFMYSELF *phew* i’m glad i got that out! i never knew there was a movie adaption– watching movies with diamond sounds like thebest thing ever! :))

    and ex~SQUEEZE me, producers of dumplin’, millie is AMAZING and will ALWAYS be amazing. i’m so sad that they didn’t portray her accurately! i’m yet to find a movie that’s better than the book. “love simon” was really good… but not good enough y’know? this is my new life mission!

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    • El says:

      How did you find it? 😂
      I knowwww, it’s just so sad that they dumbed down the characters & made them all really weird – like I didn’t mention it but Hannah in the movie is like um…..ok girl. 😨

      I REALLY REALLY need to get round to reading Simon vs I haven’t had a chance yet 🙈


  4. beckythemothling says:

    It’s always annoying when the movie cuts out important plot points >_< I've not read the book yet, and I haven't seen the movie either, because I don't tend to read a lot of contemporaries, but I might check it out from the library if I find it! It sounds interesting. And oh my gosh, I just looked it up, it's set in Texas? I'm not sure I've read a book set there before. I may have to read this now.

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    • El says:

      I know! 😦
      The book’s actually really good so if you do see it then definitely give it a go! It covers a lot of things that contemporaries don’t normally do that was really cool! And yes! It is set in Texas, which I don’t think I’ve read a book set there before either. Thanks for commenting 💕

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