So after i made a list of differences between movie jd and musical jd here, some people asked me to do one for veronica too so here it is! :)
-One difference that she shares with JD is, again, their relationship. I’ve written a ton about the differences in their relationship in the musical vs the movie, the primary one being that they were in love in the musical. I’ve already pointed out some of the ways musical JD expresses his love, but Veronica does too!
-Seventeen basically speaks for itself. The whole song is literally Veronica telling JD how much she loves him and wants to be with him. The way she reaches her hand out to him fuckin KILLS me 😭
-Where movie Veronica basically gave up on him pretty quick (understandably, bc movie JD was a creepo) musical Veronica tried several times to save him (theres actually a gifset here if you wanna check it out lmao) she wanted to save him because she loved him!
-Her personality in general is just extremely different, she’s honestly the polar opposite of movie Veronica. Where movie Veronica is cool, sarcastic, and apathetic, musical Veronica is an adorable, socially awkward dork who is so kind and strong and just aaaahh. I love her so much omg
-not a huge difference but movie Veronica is really rich and musical Veronica seems to be more middle class? (Heather saying her house looked poor and the fact that her parents had liverwurst instead of pate) idk just something I noticed
-in the musical she cried and was so sad when Kurt and Ram spread the three way rumor about her, in the movie she was just pissed
-DEAD GIRL WALKING. Even though she’s more innocent in the musical, that doesn’t stop her from literally BREAKING JD’S WINDOW LOCK and telling him she’s gonna ride him til she breaks him?? And then in the middle she sings him this mini love ballad before pushing him down and slapping him and just being very very intense in general ?? damn Veronica get it girl
-when she pretended to hang herself in the movie and her mom found her she literally just hung there for a minute and let her mom think she was dead, and then when she got herself down was just like “lol why so tense” but in the musical the second her mom walked in she was like “IM SORRY IM SORRY DONT FREAK OUT IM ALIVE” because she’s a much more compassionate person!
-also the fact that she brought a croquet mallet instead of a gun to stop JD is something that goes unnoticed but I think it’s huge. It shows that A. She didn’t have/didn’t want to use a gun bc they’re violent as fuck and B. She wasn’t planning on really hurting JD.
-speaking of shooting JD in the movie she intentionally shoots him SEVERAL times and every time she’s like “take that haha” but in the musical she accidentally shoots him once and then freaks out, and tries to wake him up and when she can’t you can see how much pain or causes her, like she just slumps over with her hand over her mouth trying to to stop herself from crying.
-another biiiig difference is that she tries to really kill herself with the bomb in the musical. In the movie she’s like “whatever glad that’s over lmao!” and just leaves casually, but in the musical she’s so broken and guilty over everything that’s happened and JD’s death was like the final straw that made her feel like she didn’t deserve to live. :(
-the fact that she tried to stop JD from killing himself is also super important! In the movie she was legit smirking while he blew up, in the musical she was like “no stop not like this wait!” And it broke my goddamn heart!
-when she went after JD in the musical she basically expected one of two things to happen: they both live or they both die. She clearly wanted him to live because when she confronted him she told him how she wished they met before he started hating the world, and she begged him to come with her. And in DGW reprise she sang “cheek to cheek in hell with a dead girl walking!” Implying that they were both “bad” people who would die together, and when he died, she felt like she had to die to pay for the things she did as well. The only thing stopping her was JD telling her to stay and live and make the world a better place.
-and the very end, when she goes back to school and basically tells everyone “listen we’re all going to be good people now even though we’re scared and damaged we’re gonna be okay because we’re all beautiful” and in the movie she’s just super casual about it like “alright i guess im the head bitch now hah”
Long story short Musical Veronica Sawyer is the love of my life and I would die for her also she is the polar opposite of Movie Veronica Sawyer! Thanks for your time this was so long I’m sorry omg