Few things divide the book community more than book adaptations. The Hating Game is a very popular book in the romance genre because of the popular “enemies to lovers” trope and the situations that steam from it: only one bed, boy obsessed, banter, angst, etc.
I always say that reading The Hating Game felt like a fever dream and seeing the movie yesterday reminded me why I used to say that. There were so many elements that I had forgotten from the book and it was so nice to see them again!
Welcome to my review of American Classic Little Women! I have been meaning to read this book for a while with no real motivation but then I saw the announcement of the new movie adaption by mastermind director Greta Gerwig and it gave me the motivation I needed to read the book!
From the number of times, Jenny Han’s trilogy “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” has appeared on my blog (here, instagram posts and here!), it was no surprise that I was very excited about the book-to-movie adaptation.
I’m not going to lie that, when the mere idea of a movie adaptation of my beloved-trilogy was going to be made, I was a bit sceptical. Even more so when the cast was announced and that the lead actress wasn’t Korean-American as it is a huge part of the book and Lara Jean’s identity. I understood how some people felt that the message that would go out is that Asians are interchangeable for Hollywood.
How deeply I regret now my lack of enthusiasm. I think the cast was wonderfully chosen. I honestly could not picture a better Lara Jean than Lana Candor. She portrayed Lara Jean to perfection and her acting was the right mixture between innocence and boldness that characterizes Lara Jean. She made Lara Jean as likeable and as relatable than she is in the book and I’m honestly sorry for doubting her. Also, I cannot stress enough how representation matters and that it was amazing to see an Asian leading actress as Lana Candor is a Vietnamese-American actress. It was a nice and most needed change.
Same goes for the casting of Peter Kavinsky. Noah Centineo was the perfect Peter K and I liked how he had that “I’m popular but not a douchebag” vibe going on. Also, Noah Centineo and Lana Candor’s chemistry worked really well and it didn’t seem forced at all. It also helps that both actors are extremely good-looking.
Also a female protagonist?? A female author and a female director?? YES PLEASE and thank you.
As far as the plot goes, I thought it was tremendously well adapted. The movie kept the essence of the book and conveyed the main themes present in the book, such as love, family, trust and friendship. It’s everything one expects when told one of their favourite books is turned into a movie. Obviously, there are many things I loved in the book that I missed in the movie, particularly Peter and Lara Jean’s Halloween costumes, Lara Jean baking cakes were for Peter or even Stormy; John Ambrose Mclaren’s grandmother. Speaking of John Ambrose McLaren, I liked how they introduced him briefly for a potential-second movie.
I honestly give the movie a 10/10, because it was everything I hoped for and more and I already can’t get enough of it. Excuse me while I go watch it again… Here’s the trailer if you are still hesitant: here
I read Everything, Everything (by Nicola Yoon and illustrations by David Yoon), two months before seeing the movie so the details were still relatively fresh in my mind. This is a rare case of book-to movie adaptation that I’m not disappointed of. I really liked the book and I gave it four stars out of five. It was very well-written and the illustrations, and “documents’ really made it unique; it was like reading a diary. I particularly liked the fact that Madeline (the main character) was a biracial child. As a black girl, I’m not used to reading about girls who look like me so that was really refreshing. Maddy and Olly’s relatonship was really cute and its exactly what I’m looking for when I read YA novels. Olly, her love interest had a solid and personal backstory which shaped and influenced Madeline’s story and that was really interesting. Also the topic of her disease, which is SCID, an immuno-deficiency disease that prevents peope from leaving their home and interacting with others, was one of the main aspects which drew me to the book and I loved reading about it. It was nice having an insight of what it’s like for the people who have it, and their mindset about it. I understand how the ending can be disappointing for those concerned with the disease.