While film adaptations are entertaining, they are never 100% accurate. The most effective medium of telling the story “Harrison Bergeron” is via short story. In Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron” short story, we glimpse the year 2081 when everyone is completely equal. Whereas Chandler Tuttle’s film version is inspired by Vonnegut’s book, the film is not an exact replica of it, with details being changed. The story medium is the best because it is where the original idea comes from, whereas the film is just a translation of the story into a visual piece. In the written piece, you see into the characters’ heads, and gain more insight and knowledge. In the film Hazel seems to be an normal woman, but when you read the book you see “Hazel [has] a perfectly average intelligence, which [means] she she [can’t] think about anything except in short bursts” (1). This quote shows us how perfectly average intelligence must be quite low, and also explains why Hazel can’t remember much. In the film, we aren’t told anything like this about Hazel, whereas in the book we are given more knowledge that helps us gain a better understanding of the events. Another point why the book is more effective in telling “Harrison Bergeron” is because in the book you make inferences, whereas in the film you are just directly told everything. For example, when Harrison’s picture is described, we are told that “Harrison [looks] like a walking junkyard. In the race of life, Harrison [carries] three hundred pounds” (3). When we hear this quote, we use our mind to make inferences about Harrison’s appearance, imagining the scraps of metal hanging off of his body. In the movie, this isn’t even accurate as Harrison doesn’t sport misshapen chunks of metal on his body. It looks more like the regular handicaps on ordinary citizens. His appearance isn’t exemplified like it is in the text. This relates to another scene; Hazel tells George to take off his handicaps, but in the book George says he doesn’t want to go back to the dark ages, whereas in the movie he says he’ll just want to keep them off. In the story, the reader must infer about what George means by the ‘dark ages’. The story is great at showing and not telling, and we make lot’s of inferences throughout- like the example I just gave above. This is why I believe that as a whole, the story is a more effective medium of telling the story “Harrison Bergeron”. You are given more context, and more room to use your imagination to make inferences.