Winters Bone is a hell of a book in that A) the novel is fantastic, and B) it's set in an American version of hell. The story of Ree, a teenage girl charged with finding her bailjumping father in order to save her familys house, catches fire early and never cools down. Winter's Bone won several awards, including the Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic Film at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. It also received four 2011 Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress for Lawrence and Best Supporting Actor for John Hawkes.
Winter's Bone is a 2010 film about an unflinching Ozark Mountain girl who hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drugdealing father while trying to keep her family intact.
Directed by Debra Granik. Written by Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini, based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell. Everyone's got a secret. Woodrell's second novel, Woe to Live On (1987), was adapted for the 1999 film Ride with the Devil, directed by Ang Lee. The more recent Winter's Bone (2006) was adapted by writer and director Debra Granik for a film of the same title, released commercially in June 2010 after winning two awards at the Sundance Film Festival, including the Grand Jury Prize for a dramatic film.
Book Ree spends much of the book in old, hand me down dresses; film Ree, in jeans. There's mercifully less 'ado about phlegm in the film. Woodrell certainly makes snot social and the hocking of spit and crud from deep in the sinuses is frequent.
And, although Winter's Bone isn't the most flattering book about the Ozarks and some of its inhabitants, it is a memorable story that's hard to put down. Like the Ozarks' winter depicted in Woodrell's novel, Winter's Bone is stark, intense, and at times beautiful.
The Ozarks community in Daniel Woodrells novel Winters Bone is not quite as chipper as the one from Where The Red Fern Grows. But wow, what a book. I hadnt heard of this until everyone started fussing about the raves that the movie adaptation was getting up at the Sundance Festival this year, but it is completely deserved.
How can the answer be improved? The book is so much better, but the movie is good too. That just goes to show how good the book is.
I disagree with you about the ending, because I don't think a writer has any responsibilty to the reader.