Book vs Movie: The DUFF

Posted September 29, 2015 by Inge in Book vs Movie, Features / 8 Comments

Today, I’m comparing The DUFF’s book to its movie. I was quite excited about doing this comparison, because I had quite strong (negative) feelings towards the book, and I heard the movie’s story was completely different. Well, they were right about that! Here goes.


The story

Taken from the Goodreads page:

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “Duffy,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now. Desperate for a distraction, Bianca ends up kissing Wesley. And likes it. Eager for escape, she throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with Wesley.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out that Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone. 

The book

I don’t think it’s a secret that I disliked the book (kind of an understatement, that). I couldn’t relate to Bianca at all – in fact, I found her quite insufferable. I didn’t like how self-centred she was, how she compared her situation to that of cancer patients, and how she pushed her best friends away and blamed them for ignoring her in return. She complained about everything and it was exhausting being inside her head for the duration of the book.

I find it really hard to like a book when I absolutely can’t stand the main character, so I think it’s safe to say that there was one really good part in the book for me, and that was when it ended.

The movie

You ever have one of those days where you don’t want to do anything, and everything sucks, and your mood is awful, and you really just want to go back to bed? I had one of those days. It was pretty bad. And then, after dinner, I decided to watch The DUFF. And my mood instantly lifted.

It was amazing. Yes, it was definitely one of those typical high school movies, but the difference here is that it was actually funny. It made me laugh out loud several times, and it was just a lot of fun.

WESLEY: It was just a try-outs, okay? We’re sizing up your strengths and weaknesses.

BIANCA: … and?

WESLEY: And you’re horrible, I hope you like cats.

I wasn’t a fan of the fact that Bianca’s best friends had absolutely nothing to do with the story in the movie, and that they had to introduce this überbitch in the form of Madison, but that’s high school movies for you. In any case, I had a great time.

I would also like to give honorary mentions to Wesley’s abs, Wesley’s pecs, and Wesley’s biceps. Because OOFT.

The verdict

Movie movie movie movie movie movie movie movie movie movie movie movie movie. I loved the movie. The movie was good. The movie was love. The movie was life.


What do you think? Book or movie?


8 responses to “Book vs Movie: The DUFF

  1. Oh dear, I think we are DEFINITELY differing in opinion here – I actually adored the book (though to be fair, I have not seen the film yet, so I should probably get around to that before casting judgement there!). But hey, I am always up for abs/pecs/biceps/etc., so I’m sure even if the film doesn’t turn out to be my cup of tea I’ll at least be able to enjoy those parts of it 😉

  2. We are going to have such contrasting opinions in this situation!:) I loved The Duff – it is one of my all time favourite books – but hated the movie! I guess I connected to the book a lot because I struggled – and still do – a lot with insecurity, and that book opened my eyes to the fact that in a way, everyone’s insecure, and it made me feel loads better!

  3. For one of the first times in my life I actually watched the movie before I read the book and I LOVED the movie, it was funny, Wesley was hot (he really is, isn’t he?!) and I just really enjoyed it. I’m planning on reading the book soon because I actually got it for review, so I’ll see what I think about the two when I eventually get around to reading it!

  4. LOVED the book, liked the movie. I was bummed that they cut her friends completely out of the story so she was even more alone. BUT, the sexytimes in the book would have been a hard sell for PG13 so…. I can see how people might dislike Bianca, but she was my spirit animal. I may be a grouch. 😛

    Also, the movie could be soooo awkward at times. I was unable to look at the screen properly when she was modeling the clothing. >.<

  5. I haven’t been able to experience either yet, which means I haven’t read or watched this. But the thing is I have started to notice a pattern. You hate the book, you love the movie. You love the book, you hate the movie. That’s what I have been able to understand from most of the comparison reviews I have seen so far. It does seem like one of those Americanised things, but I am glad you have been able to find a lot of humor in it too 🙂

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