I recently checked out the movie trailer for the upcoming film Charlie St. Cloud, starring Zac Efron and due in theaters this summer. It looked so intriguing, I started digging around to find out more about the book it was based on — The Death & Life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood. Based on the trailer & film synopsis, it seems as if the movie takes quite a few deviations from the source material. I haven’t read the novel myself, but got a quick summary via Wikipedia (spoilers).
Here is the official film synopsis:
Based on an acclaimed novel, Charlie St. Cloud is a romantic drama starring Zac Efron as a young man who survives an accident that lets him see the world in a unique way. In this emotionally charged story, he begins a romantic journey in which he embraces the dark realities of the past while discovering the transformative power of love.
And here is the official synopsis for the novel:
The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud tells the haunting story of a young man who narrowly survives a terrible car wreck that kills his little brother. Years later, the brothers’ bond remains so strong that it transcends the normal boundaries separating life and death. Charlie St. Cloud lives in a snug New England fishing village. By day he tends the lawns and monuments of the ancient cemetery where his younger brother, Sam, is buried. Graced with an extraordinary gift after surviving the accident, he can still see, talk, and even play catch with Sam’s spirit. But townsfolk whisper that Charlie has never recovered from his loss.
Into his carefully ordered life comes Tess Carroll, a captivating, adventuresome woman training for a solo sailing trip around the globe. Fate steers her boat into a treacherous storm that blows her back to harbor, to a charged encounter with Charlie, and to a surprise more overwhelming than the violent sea itself. Charlie and Tess discover a beautiful and uncommon connection that leads to a race against time and a desperate choice between death and life, between the past and the future, between holding on and letting go.
For those of you who’ve read the novel, check out the trailer below & tell us what you think about the apparent differences: