Fried green tomatoes

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fried green tomatoes

"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 woman...
who's from Whistle Stop, came in wearing her fox furs and her diamond dinner rings" (Flagg
27). However, in the movie, Mrs. Adcock's character changes completely. She does not play
a woman from Whistle Stop, but Ed Couch's aunt. The film shows her as a grouchy old woman
residing in the Rose Hills Nursing Home

Also, in the novel Flagg describes Buddy Threadgoode's lover as Eva, the town harlot and
proprietor of "The Wagon Wheel River and Fishing Club". "...she had slept with a lot of
men..., but [Buddy] didn't care. Eva was as easy with her body as she was with every thing
else.... The first time she took [Buddy] to bed, she made him feel like a man" (Flagg 94).
Although the movie shows Buddy in love with the most admired woman in Whistle Stop, Ruth
Jamison, the film shows Buddy walking with Ruth by the river. His eyes light up when he
sees her and he cares about her greatly. In fact, he was trying to retrieve Ruth's hat
when the train killed him. Ninny Threadgoode says in the movie, "...his heart belonged to
Ruth Jamison."

In addition, in the novel, Evelyn, who feels her life has become an endless battlefield,
mainly because of her severe self-conscienceness, invented a person she used to give her
courage in times she felt belittled. When someone would make her feel worthless Evelyn
would think about Towanda and all the super hero battles she would fight if she really
were Towanda. "Evelyn had even made up a secret code name for herself... a name feared
around the world: TOWANDA THE AVENGER!" (Flagg 238). On the other hand in the movie, the
unrefined and untamed Idgie Threadgoode thinks up Towanda. Evelyn uses the name when she
too needs courage or also if she does not want someone to know her real name. In the first
conversation she has with Frank Bennett she utilizes her alias. 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 mentions him.

Additionally, Flagg inserts a weekly paper as a form of narration. "The Weems Weekly," a
paper written once a week by Dot Weems proves to be a major part of the book. More like a
gossip column, this small town paper talks about what the townspeople have encountered in
that week, and what has gone wrong in their lives. She also adds tidbits of information
from her life. She often pokes fun at her husband who she refers to as "her other half."
For example, in The Weems Weekly: Whistle Stop, Alabama's Bulletin for June 12, 1929, Dot
writes about the cafe's opening:

The Whistle Stop Cafe opened up last week, right next door to me at the post
office, and owners Idgie Treadgoode and Ruth Jamison said business has been
good....
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