Saturday, 24 January 2015

FROM BOOK TO FILM // #3 LOVE, ROSIE


Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern
Film adaptation 'Love, Rosie' screenplay by Juliette Towhidi
 Directed by Christian Ditter

'Where Rainbows End' was my favourite book for very long time (until John Green and his works of art came along) and I was so excited to see the film adaptation. Not only was it my favourite plot, they chose the stunning Lily Collins to play the main character, Rosie. She is my eyebrow idol, my hair idol and an icon of the era.

From book...

The book is written in a series of letters, texts, notes and emails and it's such a great method of portraying the relationship between the two best friends. It's obviously going to be difficult to have the same effect in a film where it can't be expressed in the same way so I wasn't pinning all my hopes on a great version of it.

There's major ups and downs and it is a fun coming of age story, with hugely likeable characters. You get the real sense of their friendship and how it changes and grows throughout, which I feel is always going to lack in a film due to timescale.

I cry pretty much every time I read the story and I've read it A LOT. Because of the style, it's easy to read and I'd highly recommend it for your book list if you haven't read it already!

...to film

They only based it loosely on the novel which I feel was the best way to preserve Cecelia Ahern's original writing style. I was a little bit miffed at the relationship between Rosie and Alex (her best friend) because it wasn't quite as powerful as in the book but Sam Claflin absolutely won me over in this film. Let's be honest, you wouldn't want to just his 'friend' for very long now, would you?!

It was great, overall, and the two versions share the aspect of being a lovely pick-me-up sort of story.  However, the adaptation is pretty different. If you've seen the film and loved it, please read the book too, you'll like it even more.

And yes, the fact they changed the name of it annoyed me initially.
But admittedly, it's a better film title!

There were rumours about another Cecelia Ahern novel 'If You Could See Me Now' being made but it's yet to progress... I'll be keeping an eye out!