Me Before You: Book vs Film




On Saturday, I went to see Me Before You, an adaptation of JoJo Moyes' prize winning romantic weepie about a young quadriplegic man (Sam Claflin) and his carer (Emilia Clarke). I'd usually go for something a bit more cheery, but girly films seem to be few and far between nowadays and the trailer looked cute. Before I went I thought I'd read the book, which I finished in like a day and a half. So I think we can say it was a good read, whatever else it was. The film was a faithful adaptation - not surprising really as Moyes also wrote the screenplay - and I enjoyed it, as I did the book. But overall I have mixed feelings, mostly because of the ending.

Me Before You is the story of Louisa Clark, an up-beat, unambitious twenty-six year old who finds herself un-employed when the cafe she has worked at for six years closes it's doors. With very little experience under her belt she struggles to find something new, until an opportunity comes up as a carer to Will Traynor, a (young, rich, attractive) man who has recently been paralysed. Although not a particularly fast-paced book, Me Before You was impossibly hard to put down. I liked the characters and found them realistic, the story drew me in and the writing style made for an easy read. Although some of Moyes' straight-out-the-book dialogue felt clunky on screen, I thought, overall, that the film was a really good adaptation. The characters are the best bit about the book, and when an author writes their own screenplay you know the protagonists are in safe hands - although some great casting helped, particularly with the secondary characters (including Charles Dance, Jenna Coleman, Brendan Coyle and Matthew Lewis).  I also loved Louisa's wardrobe, both her crazier ensembles as well as the more show-stopping stuff, like the red dress. But her shoes were the best. I just wish they'd left the shoe rack out of shot in a particular scene near the end, as I was too busy looking at the shoes to pay proper attention to the dialogue.




As a girly, Nicholas Sparks-esqe flick, I'd definitely recommend Me Before You. It had plenty of laughs, considering it's touted as a 'weepie', and although I didn't cry as much as I was expecting to, I did get a bit teary. The film was a bit slow to get going, but once it got into the romance it was great. The ending wasn't really for me, but I understood why it happened the way it did. At least it makes you think.





My verdict:

Book - Fast read, realistic, romantic. Wish it had ended differently.
Film - Sweet and surprisingly up-beat, considering the subject matter. Great cast.

My Rating:  As an adaption... As Good as it Gets

(p.s This is quite a short review for me, but that's because me and my sister tried to make our first video review! I can't figure out how to load it up though, unfortunately, being computer-ly challenged. If I do work it out, I'll add it in :) 











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  1. Glad you liked the movie, can't wait to see it. :D But I'm really curious whether I'm gonna cry on it, because I didn't during reading... (I swear I'm not stone-hearted.:D)

    Btw, when are you going to see the HP and the Cursed child? :) I'm looking forward your opinion because I'm wondering whether I should buy a ticket (if I can), since I'm moving to London for few months. :D

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    1. I didn't cry much, I think because I knew it was going to be sad. Ooh that's exciting, but I'm not going to Cursed Child until November unfortunately! Only heard good things so far though!!

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  2. Omg I love Lou's dress sense! Honestly I want to watch it now just for that. heh. SO. I have heard very mixed things about it, particularly the anti-disability message at the ending and that's honestly put me off. Buuuut, I kind of don't like to judge books particularly before I've read them? So I do intend to at least read it! And the movie has like two of my favourite actors SOOOOO I kind of want to see it. XD But yeah! Book first and I'll see if I can manage that. heheh. Oh oh and that's awesome, at least, that it's faithful to the book! :D

    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

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    1. I did read some stuff about it being anti-disability, and it's tricky but I didn't think it was insensitively done in the book - harder to do in the film though, I think. Thanks for stopping by :D

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  3. I'm not reading this (because I plan to see it and review yet, and I try to remain objective in my review writing), but it sounds like you liked the adaptation. My plan is to read the book first (or try too) and hopefully, I'll like the movie too (even though I don't like the end - yes, I'm a spoiler crazy reader). Thanks for sharing, Catherine! :)

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    1. Good plan, I really liked both book and film, but yeah, wasn't crazy about the ending. Think the book, at least, handled it quite well though :)

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