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!


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


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


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.




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!

6 thoughts on “Book Vs. Movie #2: Me Before You

    1. You’re right! Emilia Clark WAS Lou. It was insane how perfect she was. And yeah, Sam Claflin was definitely swoon-worthy. Whoever did the casting deserves an award 🙂

  1. I’ve been wanting to see the movie to compare it to the book. I’m actually happy to see that you liked the movie so well – I know it was a tie, but usually the movies aren’t near as good as the books. 🙂 I also didn’t realize Moyes wrote the screenplay…I’m sure that had an impact on how well the movie was done. 🙂

  2. I love your idea of comparing the book the the movie, great post! Never would have thought a movie could get this close to besting the book, but it makes sense since Moyes helped with the film (that’s normally not the case and I had no idea about that for Me Before You). Great post!

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