dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Strip versus book: a comparison.

As you know, the story of Farley's disappearance is the source for the first children's book. If you'll indulge me, I'd like to contrast and compare the source and the result.

-To lead off, in the book, Farley escaped from the front yard because of a yummy smell; in the strip, he and a pack of local dogs were chasing after a female in heat.

- The book is focused on Farley's wanderings around and his eventual interception by Phil; the strip is focused on how the Pattersons react to his absence.

- In the strip, Phil finds Farley at the local dump after making an asinine comment about bathing in milkbone and being an expert about dogs because he dated Conniea bitch; in the book, the dog is half-way home and Phil lures him with pizza.

- Elly's reaction in the book is to bathe him all over again; in the strip, it's to tie him up. In both cases, Elly seems to have learned exactly nothing because her resolve to keep him in the yard lasts only so long as it takes for him to start yowling at nothing.

- What's more, it takes for his next extended in-strip absence for the big idiot to break down and get a dog licence. In the book, Elly is chasing after him with his leash and collar.

- Finally, as howtheduck says, the Pattersons in the strip look for him; the ones in the book are not seen to.

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