Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Silver Screen Chick Lit
First up, Where the Heart Is. I love this movie...and I think it might have been Natalie Portman's first big movie. I might hold it in a little extra regard simply because the vast majority of it takes place in Oklahoma too. This one is excellently adapted from book to movie, with the book having a few extra details throughout. No major parts were altered, so if you enjoyed the movie, then you'd also enjoy the book.
Next, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. This is actually the middle book in a trilogy and I went ahead and read the first (Little Altars Everywhere) and the last (Ya-Ya's in Bloom) books as well. The verdict? Just read Divine Secrets...the other two don't give you any extra backing for the story and I didn't particularly enjoy them. There are a few major points that are different in Divine Secrets the book, but the main basis/theme of the story is the same in movie and book.
Third...The Notebook. How, oh how, have I never read this? I'm not sure. But, this book is truly a joy to read. I know that Nicholas Sparks is a supremely sappy author and you always feel manipulated into tears by the end. However, I knew that going in...I've seen the movie many times...and it was a real joy to read this one. There are certain scenes in the book that aren't as gritty as they are in the movie, which I appreciated. A while back I also read The Wedding, which is a semi-sequel to this one...for my review of that book too, click here.