Good day everybody!
I recently went to see the movie 'Love, Rosie' at the cinema. I really liked it and started Googling a bit when I got home. I found out that the movie was based on a book, and that the writer of that book had written the book 'P.S. I Love You' as well (her name is Cecilia Ahern).
I wanted to read the book of the movie Love, Rosie, but I couldn't find it - I found out that the original name of the book is, 'Where Rainbows End', which is quite confusing! I finally found it though the book and the movie are so different - I thought I'd write a comparison/and two little reviews. Enjoy!
Rosie and Alex have been best friends since they were 5, so they couldn't possibly be right for one another... or could they? When it comes to love, life and making the right choices, these two are their own worst enemies. One awkward turn at 18, one missed opportunity... and life sends them hurling in different directions. But somehow, across time, space and different continents, the tie that binds them cannot be undone. Will they find their way back to one another, or will it be too late? Based on Cecelia Ahern's bestselling novel "Where Rainbows End", LOVE, ROSIE is a modern comedy-of-errors tale posing the ultimate question: Do we really only get one shot at true love?
I had no expectations whatsoever when going to the cinema - my friend and I didn't know much about the movie. My friend had seen the trailer - I hadn't. I knew it was going to be a romantic movie, and it definitely was. The story starts with Rosie and Alex as 4-year old (+/-) and the beginning of the film focuses on their friendship, and shows us how strong it is.
When Rosie and Alex get older they fall in love with others - because it'd be 'weird to be together, because they're just friends' - but you can see that it hurts their feelings - seeing each other with other lovers. Things happen - Rosie gets pregnant, Alex moves to Boston - I don't want to give a description too detailed and vivid because I think it'd spoil it - but the movie is about Rosie and Alex trying to find each other - but when Alex is trying to tell Rosie he love her it fails, and the other way around.
I thought this was really cute but at a certain point I realized that the story started to annoy me as well - I thought, 'just get together already, we know it's going to happen anyway', but this moment passed quickly because of the plot-twists that kept on happening. I thought the movie was filmed beautifully - it was a pleasure to watch it.
The movie wasn't very positive, though - but it wasn't a chore to watch it because Lily Collins made the sad and negative parts funny and easy to watch as well.
The actors were great as well - Lily Collins (Rosie Dunne in the movie) has an innocent, happy and friendly face - Sam Claflin (Alex Stewart in the movie) has a jolly innocent face as well - but a bit, well, naughtier.
I'm not going to spoil anything for you in case you're thinking of watching the movie but I wasn't disappointed when I left the cinema - and that's why I started Googling for the book in the first place!
My expectations were quite high when I started reading the book, because I always enjoy reading a book after seeing a good movie - but the book is really different from the movie. The book is entirely made up of letters, chat logs and instant messages - and this was a lot of fun in the beginning but it started to get a bit annoying after some time.
The characters in the book are different from the characters in the movie - I think they did this to keep the movie simpler.
The letters were great to read even though I must say that I skipped some pages - many pages were filled with birthday wishes and you know what's in them once you've read the first one. Same for the chat logs - they didn't really contribute anything to the story and to be honest, I only read the first one intensely and I 'scanned' the 4 others or so (it's not a big part of the book).
I never read a book written like this before and what I experienced that it was a great book to read for when you don't have a lot of time - it's easy to read one letter, put the book away, and read another letter a few days later. It's like reading letters from friends, but different.
I thought the events in the book were a lot more realistic - but that may be because the length of the movie was 2 hours of so and the creators had to pack so many events into that short amount of time.
The book starts when Rosie and Alex are 4-year olds as well but it ends when they're about 50, which is very weird because the end of the movie was when they were in their thirties. I know it's because of the actors - blabla - but I thought the story of the book was a bit more striking than the story of the movie because of this. I don't know if this makes sense but so much more happens in the book, while the book is more realistic.
I liked both the movie and the book but I liked them for different reasons. Have you ever read the book/seen the movie? If not, would you like to? If so - did you like them? Love, Sjoukje