Some of us book lovers, some of us prefer the silver screen, or you may love both! And when it comes to stories, plots and characters that we get attached to, we generally have a preference of who did it better. Majority of the time, the standard opinion is that the original book was and will always come out on top. But, the film industry has enabled us to get a clearer vision of what the stories look like. This could be said for the Harry Potter series, Lord of the rings, Pride and Prejudice and even The Devil Wears Prada.
But for the books below, there are some mixed reviews. In the end, I encourage you to check them all out and see for yourself!
The Wrong girl by Zoe Foster Blake.
I picked this book up in Dymocks when it first got published in 2014 and thoroughly enjoyed it. Zoe has accomplished quite a lot in her extensive and varied career, and this book is pure example to it. For those who haven't read, or watched the TV adaption, The wrong girl follows Lily, a segment producer for a daily morning show in Sydney, and her daily occurrences with her housemate Simone who happens to be dating the chef from her segment. Lily eventually starts developing feelings Jack (the chef) for which poses a problem due to her relationship with Simone. What I liked about this story is that it doesn't entirely focus on the romantic nature between her and Jack. Foster manages to highlight the career struggles and doubts that young women may have when trying to make serious life choices, all the while staying ahead. She focuses on lifestyle and substance abuse and addiction in the flatmate Simone and manages to capture the essence of single life for women in Australia. It's an easy read but it still allows the reader to relate to the story and the characters within it.
Verdict: Personally, I prefer the book. I enjoyed the characters and the growth of the story within the pages and I did read it first which always sways the decision. But in saying that, they have expanded the plot and characters for the show which allows us to seperate the two as different stories and leaves room for the show to continue on to more than the book allowed.
Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta.
I had to read this book for a year 9 english exam, and for the rest of my high school years, Melina Marchetta became a favourite author of mine. The plot isn't special, but I think it is something that anyone struggling in high school should read, even young adults who are entering university. The story revolves around Josie, a 17 yr old Italian/Aussie who is about to go through the HSC and is trying to discover who she is. This being with her friends, her family, boys and her impending university choices all the while trying to maintain her cultural identity and forming a relationship with her not so involved father. This book is humorous, heart warming and captures the 90's Sydney scene quite well.
Verdict: Both adaptions are exceptional and have become a classic for either genre. Although the film misses a few scenes from the novel, it has managed to become a cult Australian 90's film that is more than an enjoyable watch.
Me before you by Jojo Moyes
Louisa Clark has moved from one job to the next in order to help her family make ends meet. She is put to the test when she becomes a carer for Will Traynor, a wealthy young man who was left paralysed from an accident. Will has a cynical outlook on life, making Lou's job rather hard until she starts to show him that life is worth living all the while developing feelings for the man. I had to read the book in one sitting because I couldn't put it down! I laughed, I cried, I snotted everywhere from crying so much and absolutely loved it. Its a heartwarming yet depressing tale that is sure to make anyone with a cold heart feel things.
Verdict: The book was far more enjoyable than the film adaption. The main cast did a fantastic job at portraying their characters but so much was lost in the film. This was to be expected due to the limited time that filming has, but there were so many more vital factors that went into the story that allowed the reader to fully grasp the concept. So, if you haven't read it today, go pick up yourself a copy! It'll be like the notebook tears all over again.