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Book Vs. Movie #2: Me Before You

This is a new feature I started here on I Heart Fictional People. I always compare the book to the movie adaptation, so now that I have a blog, why not share my thoughts with my fellow bookworms? I will have 3 or more rounds, comparing different aspects of the book/movie, and then I will declare a winner. I doubt that the movie will ever be better than the book, but you never know! Hey, the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings movies were awesome! Plus, it’ll be fun to look at the similarities and differences.

This time, we are doing Me Before You. I finished the book a couple nights ago (you can read my review here), so I immediately went to Redbox yesterday and rented the movie. I watched it last night and loved it! Let’s see how the two compare 🙂

READER BEWARE: If you haven’t read the book or seen the movie, you may not want to read this. I won’t include major spoilers unless noted first. So don’t say I didn’t warn you!


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Round 1: Louisa Clark

I really liked Louisa in the book. She seemed so eccentric yet relaxed and calm. She just enjoyed her not-so-active life, which I respected. Then I watched the movie, and the girl I came to like so much came to life, and I LOVED HER. The first thing I noticed in the movie was her wardrobe. Omg. Everything she wore was fabulous. I couldn’t accurately picture her clothing while reading the book. I knew  she had a quirky, unique, and creative sense of style, but seeing her come to life with all of her lovely clothes was awesome! And she was so upbeat and lively and happy. I got a taste of that in the book, but nothing like how the movie made me feel.

Verdict: The movie! I gotta say, I really liked the book version of Lou, but the movie version of Lou was just a little better. I absolutely loved her. I loved everything about her. Great casting decision!


Round 2: Plot

***WARNING: SPOILER ALERT***

There weren’t that many changes in the plot. The main difference I noticed was that Will didn’t have a sister in the movie, which, in my opinion, was fine. She didn’t serve much of a purpose in the book. The other difference I noticed was that Will’s dad either wasn’t having an affair, or they just didn’t show it. I didn’t think this was a big deal. It didn’t change anything really. You could still see marital issues between his parents, but they weren’t fully explained, which was fine. Also, Lou didn’t move in with Patrick in the movie, which was fine as well because she ends up moving out anyway. So, all in all, I was completely satisfied with the plot in the movie.

Verdict: It’s a tie here! Joao Moyes wrote the screenplay, so I’m not surprised how well done it was. She knew exactly what to take out and what to leave in to make the movie complement the book perfectly. Kudos to her! I wish authors always wrote the screenplays! The movies would be so much better!


Round 3: The Ending

***WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!***

Okay, I have to be honest here. Things just seemed a bit rushed. It was like all of a sudden, we were in Switzerland, and Will was about to die. I liked that the book took some time and let us regroup after finding out that Will had not changed his mind and he was really going to end his life. It still hit me emotionally the same, but I kind of felt like, “Wait a minute. I need more time. It’s already this part?!”

Verdict: Book. The book wins this round, but that’s not a surprise. Movies don’t have the luxury of taking the appropriate time needed like books do.


AND THE WINNER IS…

IT’S A TIE!!!

 

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but it is an absolute tie. I can honestly say that I loved the movie just as much as I loved the book. And I think it has a lot to do with the author writing the screenplay. That really made a difference.

What did you guys think of the movie? I’d love to hear your opinions!

Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Title: Me Before You

Author: Jojo Moyes

Published: December 31st, 2012

Length: 369 pages (paperback)

Genre: Romance

Source: Purchased at Barnes and Noble

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

(from Goodreads)

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

INITIAL THOUGHTS

Obviously, this is a pretty popular book. I have wanted to read it for awhile now. Then the movie came out, and I wanted to read it even more. Then, I fell in love with the song “Unsteady” by X Ambassadors and their music video that included movie scenes. So, I was forced to buy the book, which I did months ago. And it has been sitting on my bookshelf, staring at me. So, I finally picked it up.

I’ll be honest. When I first read about this book, I thought to myself, “This guy dies! Why would I want to read a book where the guy clearly dies. I’m just gonna be sad!” That may have been the reason I waited so long to read it. But all the hype and constantly hearing about it just made me HAVE to read it. And I’m so glad I did 🙂

WHAT I LIKED

Gave me all the feels. I always said to myself, if a book can make me cry, it’s a good book. And boy did I cry. I was crying like a baby last night. You can try to prepare yourself all you want for this book, like I thought I did, but the end will still hit you like a ton of bricks and make you feel things you didn’t think you would feel. It was heartbreaking. But I love that it affected me so much. That just means it is brilliantly written.

Lou and Will. I loved these two characters as individuals. I loved their relationship. They met under unconventional, extraordinary circumstances, and they probably never would have met otherwise. They are so different. Will is so adventurous, and Lou likes to just sit back and read a book, which is why Will gets frustrated; he can’t do the things he used to love to do, and Lou can but she won’t. I think they both end up teaching each other another way to live. And I absolutely love that.

The pace. It started out a little slow, but I ended up liking that. I liked how it took awhile for Lou and Will to actually like each other. They got so irritated with  one another at first, and then they grew on each other. I liked the buildup. I like how it just instantly hit me three-quarters of the way in. I was getting to know the characters, and then I realized how much I adored them.

The issues. Assisted suicide has definitely been debated. Personally, I don’t get why there is a debate. If people are suffering, and they are choosing to end their lives, who are we to judge? Can you say you wouldn’t think about doing the same thing if you were in their shoes? Hopefully, you’ll never have to make that decision. Anyway, I really liked how Moyes addressed it. I like how it was the center of the story in a way. There were different viewpoints presented by each character, but I really like no matter what side of the debate you are on, you, as a reader, really understand why Will is making the decision he feels he needs to make.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

The supporting characters bugged me a little at times, but that didn’t take anything away from the book. We are not meant to like every character from every book we read. That would be weird. So, overall, there really wasn’t anything I didn’t like. It was amazing.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

I loved it. I absolutely loved it. I don’t even know how to move on from this book. I cried and cried and cried, until I fell asleep. Then, I woke up sad. So, how am I supposed to just start reading another book? Oh the struggle…Thank you, Jojo Moyes for writing such an incredible book.

5 out of 5 Hearts!


(from Goodreads)

Jojo Moyes is a British novelist.

Moyes studied at Royal Holloway, University of London. She won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to study journalism at City University and subsequently worked for The Independent for 10 years. In 2001 she became a full time novelist.

Moyes’ novel Foreign Fruit won the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) Romantic Novel of the Year in 2004.

She is married to journalist Charles Arthur and has three children.

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That’s What HE Said Thursday #8 – Me Before You

Hosted by: Chapter Break

That’s What HE Said Thursday is about posting a favorite line from your book boyfriend to his heroine. Keep in mind these are direct quotes from dialogue in a book. It is NOT a physical description of a male protag or a paragraph of dialogue. It is a line spoken by our favorite heroes to their lucky ladies (whom we so wish we were!!!!!!)


I haven’t done one of these posts in forever! Then again, I haven’t READ in forever! So glad to be back to reading and my blog 🙂


This week’s quote comes from Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Yes, I’m FINALLY reading this book. I bought it awhile back, and I figured this would be the perfect book to start off the new year.


“‘Sometimes, Clark, you are pretty much the only thing that makes me want to get up in the morning.”

– Will to Lou


I’m still reading this book, so I don’t know what is going to happen, but I read this part last night, and it just got to me. It is kind of the first time he expresses any type of feelings toward her. I loved it. I literally put the book down for a second and then read it a few more times. I have a feeling I am going to cry my eyes out soon…

Have you guys read this yet? Did this quote affect you as much as it affected me?

Musing Mondays #9

Musing Mondays is NOW hosted by The Purple Booker! Go check it out this awesome blog 🙂

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: How do you make time for reading when you are very busy? Or how do you find a better balance between wanting to spend time reading and other commitments?


I blogged about ____ this past week… After 10 months away, I’m finally back. So, this past week, I did a little update post on my very long hiatus. You can read all about my drama-filled life here:

Why I’ve Been MIA

I also blogged about my reading challenges. I’m starting fresh this year, in life and in my blog. I have missed reading and blogging SO MUCH, so I’m excited to get back to everything, including reading challenges, which I LOVE. So, here are the challenges I will be participating in:

2017 Reading Challenge Sign-Ups


My answer to this week’s random question: How do I make time for reading when I’m very busy? I am probably the wrong person to ask this question to since I literally just took a 10-month break, BUT I have learned something in the process.

A LOT was going on in my personal life. A lot is STILL going on. I haven’t read a book since last March. And I felt depressed for the longest time. Then I realized that reading has always comforted me and was my escape from a sometimes drama-filled life. I need it. I HAVE to make time for it. So, with everything going on (my marriage ending, suddenly being a single mom, working three part-time jobs, applying for teaching jobs, and trying to get a place for me and my daughter), I make sure to set aside time every day to read. When my crazy day is over and my daughter is sleeping, I curl up on my couch or my bed under a warm blanket…and just read. And it is such a nice, relaxing, peaceful way to end my day.

No matter what, I make it a priority to end my day with a book. It keeps me sane. Everyone has their ways of coping and dealing with the stress of life. Mine is reading. It took me awhile to realize this, but I’m glad I finally did. No more breaks from books 🙂

How do you make time to read in your busy life?

2017 Reading Challenge Sign-Ups

 

I know I’ve been MIA for the better part of a year (check out why here), but I really just want to get back to some normalcy, and that includes reading and reading challenges! Oh how I have missed my reading challenges. They made reading even more fun than it already was. I completely failed last year, but it’s a new year! I’m going to attempt some of the same ones as last year but actually accomplish them this time. So, here are the challenges I will be doing, and I will keep track of them on my Reading Challenges page:

(Click on the host’s name for more details about the challenge)


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Hosted by Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

It’s an alphabet challenge!!! I’m doing this one again! The challenge is to read one book that has a title starting with every letter of the alphabet.

 


bookish bingo

Hosted by: Pretty Deadly Reviews

Bingo! My favorite type of challenge! Here we go! This one is for the months of December, January, and February.
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Hosted by: Chapter Break

Another bingo! I just have to! And this is a monthly one, so I get 11 more this year. I’m stupid excited! Let’s start with January!

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Hosted by Andi’s ABCs

I am tackling this challenge again since it is my favorite genre. I haven’t read in nine months, but so what? I’m going to read over 20 books for this challenge! I’m determined!

Levels:

  • 1st Base: read 1 – 5 books
  • 2nd Base: read 6 – 10 books
  • 3rd Base: read 11 – 15 books
  • Home Run: read 16 – 20 books
  • Grand Slam: read 21+ books

I’m shooting for Grand Slam: 21+ books!


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Hosted by Book Date

I’m doing this one again too! I’m determined to fill out the whole thing. This one really motivates me because I just HAVE to get each one.

Full House Reading Challenge 2017


Hosted by My Soul Called Life

I loved this one last year! I’m going to finish it this year! The task is to read one book each month whose title includes one or more of the keywords for that month.

 


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Hosted by Great Imaginations

Combining my two favorite things: books and boardgames! I absolutely loved this challenge last year, so of course, I’m going to do it again this year…and actually accomplish something this time.

This board lasts until April 1st.

Why I’ve Been MIA…

I’m BACK!

I can’t believe I haven’t posted anything since last March. That’s insane. Well, here I am. I didn’t die…but it sure felt like I did emotionally. I won’t go into a super long, detailed explanation of the drama that is my life. But here is the in-a-nutshell version. Last March, my husband cheated AGAIN and left me and our daughter AGAIN. I guess it’s my fault for thinking this time would be different, but I had to try for my daughter. At least I will be able to tell her that I did everything I could to keep our family together.

So, I went through a really bad depression. And then I met a guy, who really did help me get over my husband, but he also isn’t the greatest guy. Really bad temper, drinking problem, and emotionally abusive. I really know how to pick ’em, huh? Anyway, I really just lost focus in everything. I was so focused on these two assholes that I forgot that the most important thing, the only thing, I need is my daughter. It took nine months of pure insanity, but I’m so much better now. I’m still substitute teaching and tutoring, and I got my teaching credential and just started applying for teaching jobs. I never thought I would be doing this on my own, but I’m okay now. I have realized that my daughter and I are better off without her dad. He really isn’t in the picture anymore. I’m a single mom, raising my daughter by myself. But we’re okay. We’re good. We’re happy. I love that little girl more than life itself.

Unfortunately, everything that happened affected my love for reading as well. I haven’t read a book since last March! Crazy, right?! I missed it so much. And I missed this blog so much. Apparently, through all the drama, I forgot to renew my domain. I went and checked on it, and now iheartfictionalpeople.com belongs to some Canadian jacket company. How my domain name fits that makes no sense, but whatever floats their boat lol. So, I had to change mine to iheartfictionalpeople.net. And I have spent the last few days going through EVERYTHING and changing all my .com links to .net and making sure everything looks okay after the changes. I hope I got it all.

I’m hoping to just get right back into the swing of things. I hope I still have some followers out there 🙂