Book to Film Changes

Book to Film Changes

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Book / EnderverseFilm
Takes place in 2195 (Canon, from Jake Black in conjunction with OSC)No specified date, although definitely in the future (Confirmed by Bob Orci)
Previously, there were two formic warsPreviously, there was only one "Great Invasion" with the formics
The Battle of the Belt takes place in the outer solar systemThe Battle of the Belt takes place in Earth's atmosphere
Use of the word "buggers"Use of the word "formics"
The story takes place over a span of 6 yearsThe story is compressed. "Time has been compressed impressionistically. Though we don’t specify how much time has passed, leaving it somewhat up to your imagination, it is clear that the time span is not as long as the book’s." -Official Production Blog
Full name: Andrew Thomas WigginFull name: Andrew Ender Wiggin
Ender is 6-years-old at the beginning of the storyEnder is 10-years-old at the beginning of the story
Ender is blondeEnder is brunette
Ender attends a public schoolEnder attends a special military academy
In public school, Ender uses a child-sized keyboardIn his special military academy, Ender uses the same desk he uses at battle school
Ender fights Stilson near a bus stop near schoolEnder fights Stilson in a classroom at school
Ender kills StilsonEnder does not kill Stilson
Valentine is blondeValentine is brunette
Valentine is compassionate and even-tempered Valentine is compassionate, but aggressive as she bangs on doors and yells at Peter.
Peter is brunettePeter is blonde
Peter shows compassion when he comes to Ender while he's thinks Ender is sleeping and says he loves Ender and that he's sorry about Ender's monitorPeter is evil, with no redeeming qualities
Peter plays the pianoPeter plays a sport
Theresa Wiggin is intelligent Teresa Wiggin is not intelligent, and is only portrayed as Ender's caring mother
John Paul Wiggin loves (or is at least neutral) towards Ender and his other childrenJohn Paul Wiggin shows animosity towards Ender
Ender's parents' love for him remains unseen by EnderEnder's parents show obvious love to Ender
When Ender says, "It's what I was born for," Graff says that reason isn't good enoughGraff accepts when Ender says, "It's what I was born for"
Major Anderson is a white maleMajor Anderson is a black female
Major Anderson has no first nameMajor Anderson is given the first name "Gwen"
Sergeant Dap is whiteSergeant Dap is black
Sergeant Dap has no first nameSergeant Dap is given the first name "James"
Sergeant Dap's character is somewhat gentle and loving Sergeant Dap's character is described as "a real hardass"
Bean is in a younger launch group than EnderBean is in Ender's launch group
Ender breaks Bernard's arm on the shuttle rideCUT
No sceneAlai vomits on the shuttle ride
There should not be windows in battle school, because students are supposed to feel isolated from Earth.There are windows in battle school
There are NO socks in battle schoolThere ARE socks in battle school
Launchies, soldiers, and commanders eat in separate roomsAll battle school students eat in the same room
ShenCUT
Bernard and Alai are friendsBernard bullies Alai
Bernard sends desk messages about Shen's butt wiggles, then Ender sends desk messages from God about BernardBernard send desk messages about Alai's vomiting, then Ender sends anonymous desk messages about Bernard
Ender makes no verbal mention of emailsEnder complains about privacy rights and email; he also writes emails to Valentine
As a soldier (not a commander) Ender is quiet, but respectful towards his superiorsAs a soldier, Ender mouths off to his superiors (Dap)
Scene not includedDap punishes Ender by making him to push- ups
Student sleep in the nudeStudents sleep in pajamas
The mind game is called the fantasy game by studentsThe mind game is called the mind game by everyone
The mind game is complicated and Ender plays repeatedlyThe mind game only takes Ender through the Giant's drink and the castle, not "'The End of the World', Ender only plays a few times
In the mind game, the snake turns into Valentine and she leads him to "the end of the world"In the mind game, Valentine is a bat-formic figure who leads Ender to the castle
Ender kisses the snake in the mind gameEnder strangles the snake in the mind game
Ender only plays the mind game in battle schoolEnder plays the mind game in battle school and command school
Alai kisses EnderCUT
Ender receives a letter from Valentine that she was forced to write, then he criesEnder never receives a letter from Valentine in battle school
No baseball in battle schoolStudents play baseball in battle school
Dink is Ender's toon leader in Rat Army, which is completely omitted from the movie. Dink is in Salamander
Petra looks like a boyPetra looks like a girl
Ender is shorter than BonzoBonzo is shorter than Ender
9, opaque, cube battle rooms1, transparent, spherical battle room
Scene not includedAsa recalls this scene "One scene that I really remember is a scene with me and Hailee (Steinfeld). We’re in the Battle Room. She’s hit her head on one of the floating objects. I’ve jumped out … I’ve disobeyed my orders and jumped out to catch her."
40 soldiers + 1 commander in a battle school army15 soldiers + 1 commander in a battle school army
In the battle room, once you go through the gate, you cannot re-enter In the battle room, once you go through the gate, you are allowed to re-enter
Battles are won by having five soldiers open and go through the enemy's gate Battles are won by having at least one non-damaged soldier go through the enemy's gate
No disessmbling flash guysStudents disessemble weapons for fun
Ender spends a lot of time watching videos of the second formic warCUT
As a commander, Ender learns of battle by slips of paperAs a commander, Ender learns of battle electronically
Petra is closest to DinkPetra is closest to Ender
Fly Molo never twists his ankle, and Petra is originally in Phoenix ArmyFly Molo twists his ankle, Graff replaces Petra is a sub in the final battle
When Dragon Army fights two armies at once, they are Griffin and TigerWhen Dragon Army fights two armies at once, they are Salamander and Leopard
Bean's deadline is a thin metallic-looking lineBean's deadline is a rope
Petra never tries to stop Ender in the hallway full of Salamanders in the movieCUT
Ender's fight with Bonzo happens right before the final battleEnder doesn't fight Bonzo until after the final battle
Ender fights Bonzo in the nudeEnder fights Bonzo in a towel
Ender doesn't spray Bonzo with hot water, he only uses it for the steamEnder sprays Bonzo with hot water
Ender kills BonzoEnder doesn't kill Bonzo
Ender believes Bonzo was sent home to SpainEnder tells Valentine that he's been waiting by Bonzo's bedside, watching over him
Major Anderson does not quitMajor Anderson quits
When Ender visits Earth, Valentine is pulled out of school by Graff, Wiggin parents are unawareWhen Ender visits Earth, Graff waits for Valentine at her home as she walks home from school, Wiggin parents are aware
Ender didn't want to see Valentine because he was afraid that he would still love herEnder requests to see Valentine
Locke and DemosthenesCUT
Although Graff loves Ender, he realizes Ender must be sacrificed for the greater goodGraff doesn't seem to care about Ender; he compares Ender to a horse
Eros is on the edge of our solar systemEros is near the formics' home planet
Eros' floors curve downEros' floors are flat
I.F. claims Mazer died in battleNo reference to Mazer dying in battle
Although Mazer is half Maori, his face has no tattoosMazer is half Maori and his face has Maori tattoos
Ender is not given a desk at command schoolEnder is given a desk at command school
Ender's squadron leaders are Bean, Alai, Dink, Petra, Shen, Carn Carby, Fly Molo, Crazy Tom, Hot Soup, Vlad, and more (36 total)Ender's squadron leaders are Bean, Alai, Dink, Petra, and Bernard
Bernard should not be in Dragon (by Bean's described selection method), he also should not be in Ender's jeeshBernard is in both Dragon army and Ender's jeesh
At command school, Ender is not allowed to communicate with his jeeshEnder is allowed to see, touch, and hologram message his jeesh
Ender is in a separate room when he commands his jeesh, and he uses a device to talk to themEnder is in the same room when he commands his jeesh and he does not use a device to talk to them
Ender's jeesh does not know Mazer is Ender's teacherEnder's jeesh knows Mazer is Ender's teacher
The formics have several colonies on other planets and a single home worldEnder is told that the formics have one world, which is overpopulated so they need to gain territory of their home world
No clear reason for the formic invasion is givenThe reason for the formic invasion is credited to limited water resource
Ender doesn't know ansible communication is possibleEnder knows ansible communication is possible
Ender never loses a simulationEnder loses a simulation
Petra falls asleep during a battle simulationPetra does not fall asleep during a battle simulation
Petra is not given control of the M.D.Petra is given control of the M.D.
M.D. Device = Molecular Disruption Device, nicknamed the Little DoctorM.D. Device = Molecular Detachment Device, nicknamed the Little Doctor
The formics' home world has a significantly reduced mass after the M.DThe formics' home world is covered with ash and lava after the M.D.
Later in the series, Ender admits that had he known the final simulation was not a game, he would have done the same thing.When Ender learns that the final simulation was not a game, he says "I would have waited!"
Ender goes to sleep after the final battle simulationEnder cheers and then placed into a medically induced sleep after the final battle simulation
Use of the word "xenocide"Use of the word "genocide"
At least one year and seven months pass between Ender's Dragon army assignment to the final simulationAll of the events that occur from Ender's Dragon army assignment to the final simulation takes 28 days according to Graff's countdown
Ender finds the queen pupa at the new colonyEnder finds the queen pupa on Eros
Ender finds the queen pupa with AbraEnder finds the queen with Petra
Ender finds the queen pupa and speaks to it, all the formics are deadEnder finds the queen pupa and speaks to a live formic
Ender is the original Speaker for the Dead Mazer is the original Speaker for the Dead
Ender and Valentine go to a new colony together Ender leaves without Valentine