Day 31: Liking the Movie Way More Than the Book


I’ve never liked a film adaptation more than the book. Really. I can’t think of one time.

Until now.

Continuing my obsession with The Silver Linings Playbook movie (yes, I watched it four times in a row),  it only made sense to give the novel a chance. So I read it. In one sitting (not because it was so enthralling; because it’s short).

So, this is a “first,” for sure:

  • Watching a movie four times in a row
  • Reading the book in one sitting
  • And then immediately watching the movie again…for a fifth time.

I admit it. It sounds a little…crazy.

I hear there’s medication for this type of obsessive behavior.

But, seriously… I don’t care what others say about the book. I loathed it. I especially despised how Pat sounded so childlike. I cringed at how Tiffany was markedly more manipulative and mean than she was portrayed in the screen play, and how she very nearly was painted as a “cougar.” And I was bitter about the relationship–or lack thereof–with Pat Sr.

As I said, I watched the movie yet another time after I read the book, and I’ve decided to upgrade it. It is a great movie, with great acting, and an even greater screen adaptation.

Go, David O. Russell. Touchdown!

Each day of 2014, I’m forcing encouraging myself to have at least one new experience (and chronicling it to keep it real). If you’re interested in why–though I can’t for the life of me imagine anyone would be that bored–check out the “about” page.


5 thoughts on “Day 31: Liking the Movie Way More Than the Book

    • That must’ve been really fun to watch! I used to live in SF and my apartment building was in the film Vertigo…and, get this: Jimmy Stewart described the neighborhood as “skid row!”

    • What you say is true; I was almost embarrassed to say I liked the movie better. (Along the same vein, I like the Walking Dead TV show more than the comics, but that’s mainly because there’s no Daryl Dixon.)

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. Let me know if you have any ideas for good “firsts” I can try during the remaining days of my challenge.

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