I find it interesting how similar and different It the book, It the movie and Stranger Things are. At the center of these differences are the characters Beverly Marsh played by Sophia Lillis and Eleven played by Bobby Millie Brown.
First, however, let’s talk about the differences between It the book and It the movie. While I really like It the movie, I have to admit that I was rather underwhelmed. The book is a rich, interesting tale about the power of childhood fears. The movie version, however, is strangely not as baroque as the book. I know that you can’t do as much with a movie as you can with a book, but I guess I was hoping that the book would a little bit more epic than it was.
But let’s address something I suspect we’re going to hear a lot about in the coming days — the similarities and differences between the characters of Beverly Marsh and Eleven. I have given it a lot of thought and I really like Beverly Marsh more than Eleven. Beverly seems more proactive to Eleven’s reactive. And Beverly is human and is literally isn’t afraid of the devil. Meanwhile, Eleven escapes any dangers by using magic.
Anyway, I go into more depth about this in the above video.
Shelton Bumgarner is a writer and photographer living in Richmond, Va.