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Where Finch finds Violet at the start of the film

In the book, Finch finds Violet Markey standing on the edge of the school bell tower, however, in the film Violet is standing on the edge of a bridge and Finch discovers her on a morning run. In the book, lots of students saw the two up in the bell tower so the rumor was that Violet had talked Finched down, instead of the other way around.

Violets updates to her blog

In the book, there are several mentions of the blog that Violet ran with her sister Eleanor however Violet hadn’t posted since her sister died. After Violet’s wanders with Finch she starts a new blog called ‘The Germ’. In the film, there are no mentions of the blog ‘The Germ’ and Violets’ passion for writing is only briefly touched on.

How the pair end up working together on the project

In the book, Finch stands up to the class and announces ‘Violet Markey I’d like to be your partner on this project. However, the film makes it a longer process. Firstly. Finch asks Violet to be his partner but she claims her mum is going to get her out of it, it’s when the class teacher doesn’t give her another option Violet reconsiders it. When Finch passes Violet on a drive home he stops and asks if she is okay, she claims she can’t get out of the project so she will be Finch’s partner.

The order of Violet and Finch’s wonders

In the film, the pair visit the shoe tree near the start however in the book it’s one of their last wonders together.

Where Violet and Finch’s first kiss happens

In the book, on one of their wonders, the pair stop at a fill in the blanks ‘before I die’ chalkboard. Finch writes before I die I want to kiss Violet Markey but he doesn’t let her see, later on, Finch stops the car and says he thought he could wait to kiss her but he couldn’t. However, in the film, the pair stop the car after one of the wonders, get out and then just start kissing.

Violets nickname

In the book, there are several mentions of Finch giving Violet the nickname of ‘Violet Remarky-able’ however this isn’t mentioned in the film.

Finch’s nicknames

In the book, Finch refers to himself as different personalities such as bad-ass Finch, 80’s Finch and Nerd Finch however the film has no reference to this.

Finch’s sticky notes

In the book the sticky notes that Finch writes to put on his wall play a much larger part, he writes good works, lyrics, things that remind him of Violet etc. However, in the film, to begin with, there is no explanation as to why there are sticky notes and they don’t seem as important to Finch.

Finches disappearance after their late-night out

In the film, it appears that after Finch drops Violet home the next morning he is very affected by violets’ parent’s reaction. This causes him to paint his wall blue, pull his sticky notes down and then drive over to the lake. However, there is a lot more to it in the book. First of all, Finch doesn’t reply to Violet for a little while and then he gets expelled from school for his fight with Roamer. Next, he attempts suicide by taking a bunch of sleeping pills, he then feels bad about what he’s done and rushes himself to the ER to get his stomach pumped. It’s here that Violet confronts Finch and this causes him to run away.

How Violet knows where to find Finch

In the book, Finch sends Violet texts of quotes from their final three wonderings, this is how Violet knows where to go. In the film, Violet ends up standing in the kitchen with her dad telling him about when she was standing on the bridge and Finch saved her and now it’s he turn to save Finch. Violet’s Dad then lends her his car to go and find Finch and the lake is the first location she goes to.

Violet Finds Finches Body at the end of the film

In the book when Violet arrives at the lake where Finch’s clothes and car is she doesn’t believe that he’s gone. This causes Violet to dive into the lake and start swimming down underwater to look for him until the police arrive and find his body. Violet is then asked to identify the body to make sure it is Finch. However, in the book Violet is shown very distressed at the lake when she realises Finch isn’t in sight, the film then cuts to a scene of his funeral.

Have you seen the Film of ‘All The Bright Places’?

I reviewed the book of All The Bright Places which you can find HERE.

Bryony x


  1. March 5, 2020 / 8:45 pm

    This is super interesting! I read the book a few years ago but I haven’t got around to watching the film yet!!

  2. March 6, 2020 / 6:10 am

    i haven’t read the book or watched the film, but whenever i read the book then watch the adaptation, i can’t help but compare the differences!
    ellie x //

  3. March 6, 2020 / 7:01 pm

    I have been meaning to read this book for so long. If there’s a film version I always like reading the book first, as you get so much more detail than you do in a film, as this post shows xx

    Hannah |

    • bbbryony
      March 7, 2020 / 1:31 pm

      I would say the book version is better but the film is still worth seeing x

  4. March 7, 2020 / 2:14 pm

    I haven’t heard of this before. But I like the idea of a post comparing a book to the film version. I know people often say books are better than the film versions. Thank you for sharing these! X

  5. March 7, 2020 / 3:30 pm

    I have to read this book, coincidentally, I found this book recently while online shopping for books. It looks interesting.

  6. Liezl
    March 7, 2020 / 4:05 pm

    I was actually watching it earlier but stopped right where Violet went to the party.. should I continue watching it?I liked how you compare the book and the film by scene tho

  7. March 7, 2020 / 4:35 pm

    I haven’t read the book or seen the movie, but I think I’d enjoy the book! I’ll have a look for it the next time I’m at a bookstore.

  8. March 17, 2020 / 1:49 pm

    I only watched the film the other day so this is all still fresh in my mind! I read the book a while ago now, but would love to read it again to remind myself of the differences. Thanks for sharing Bryony, love this – such a fun and unique idea for a blog post! <3 xx

    Bexa |

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