Though I usually find that there’s a lot lost in the adaptation of a work from text to film, I didn’t find that to be very true in the case of Precious. Though I agree that there was something lost in the absence of Precious’ writing–they could have easily shown an over-the-shoulder shot of Precious writing in her journal–I feel like a lot was added to the narrative in the filmic re-telling of Sapphire’s work. There is something really important, I think, in the way that positive images of fatness were displayed in the movie. Fatness is usually relegated to side-roles and comedic relief in major motion pictures, and it meant a lot to me that Precious’ fatness wasn’t shied away from in the film.
However, I do think something was lost at the end of the film. Sapphire didn’t write such a positive, optimistic ending as was shown in the film. It absolutely brushed over the issue of AIDS, including it probably for dramatic purposes without addressing the real ramifications AIDS will have on Precious’ life.