It’s been a long time since I’ve done a book-to-movie comparison. It should only be fair that I pick this feature up again with one of my favourite books of 2016, Me Before You. The book was given to me as a Christmas present by the lovely Jolien @ The Fictional Reader and it turned into a 5-star read for me. I know there’s a lot of debate around this story and I do understand the points being raised, but I can’t help it. I love it. So let’s see how the movie compared to the book!
As taken from the Goodreads page:
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.
Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.
Like I said, 5-star read. I’m pretty sure my review of this book said “excuse me while I drown myself in an ocean of my tears”, because oh my god I bawled like a baby. Which is saying something for me — I never cry during movies or books because I’m clearly an insensitive monster. I cry over animals though. You can kill every single character in your book and I won’t be too upset (unless your name is J.K. Rowling, in which case I HAVE A FEW BONES TO PICK) but kill an animal? UNACCEPTABLE. Which is why I’ve only watched Marley & Me once because I don’t think I’ll ever recover from that.
ANYWAY. I really, really loved this book. It was beautiful and sad and beautiful and I needed about a month to recover.
Can we talk about the perfect casting that is Sam Claflin and Emelia Clarke for a second? Because I was so happy with that casting news — they are adorable little gumdrops and I couldn’t imagine anyone better to play Lou and Will.
But it still made me hesitate to watch the movie. I mean, I really wanted to watch it, but I was saving it for a time when I would be slightly more okay with tearing my heart out of my chest and stomping on it.
Now that I’ve watched it, I can honestly say that Sam and Emelia met my high expectations every step of the way. I fell in love with them from the very first second — they were so cute! The scene with the bumblebee tights was utter perfection and when they danced together I couldn’t wipe that idiotic grin off my face. *clutches heart and falls over* Of course, it doesn’t hurt that both of them are extremely good-looking. How does one resist that Claflin smile?
The movie was really loyal to the book and it’s really nice when that happens, because it doesn’t occur very often.
So! How does one choose between a perfect book and a perfect movie? If we go by the notion that the book is always better than the movie, then of course I’m going to have to go with the book. Because it was the book that introduced me to this story, and gave me all that backstory that a movie has to cut, and made me feel all the things. ♥
How do the book and movie compare for you?