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Book vs Film: Love, Rosie

April 13, 2017 | 2 comments


I watched Love, Rosie again the other weekend with a friend, and I have some conflicting feelings about it. I originally read the book Love, Rosie (published 2004) before seeing the film Love, Rosie (premiered 2014).

I don’t think I can really pick one over the other (but the book might be slightly better than the film), because:

1. The book is an epistolary novel (told through a collection of letters, emails, and notes between the two main characters Rosie and Alex) which is one of my big literary pet peeves. I cannot stand this narrative form, however, this book is one of the few exceptions to the rule.

2. The first time I watched the film, I thought it was a disappointment but now that I watched it again it was a lot better than I remembered. It is a good film, but I don’t love it (and I cannot quite put my finger on why I’m not over the moon about it).

3. Lily Collins and Sam Claflin are absolutely adorable as Rosie and Alex, and even though their chemistry is amazing, I didn’t love the characters in the film as much as in the book.