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January 03, 2009


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I almost always prefer the book over the movie. As a matter of fact, I usually avoid a movie if I've read the book.


I just finished the book and you have confirmed what I no movie for me. I already pictured Kate & Leo while reading. I couldn't help but think that April seemed like Esther Greenwood from the Bell Jar, married with children.

mari partyka

I'm so happy to read your review of the movie and book. I read the book recently knowing that I will see the movie. I feel the same way, I didn't love the book and I want to see how the movie explores some scenes in the book.

Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit)

Thanks for the comparison. I haven't read the book. I wonder if that would make it easier for me to enjoy the movie?!


I haven't seen the movie yet, but I was surprised by how much I liked the book. And one big thing I liked was April's realization at the end that she wasn't in love with Frank. I thought it rang very true - she's spent all this time being completely untrue to herself, and pretending to him and to herself that she's where she wants to be, and suddenly she realizes, but it's much too late and she's trapped.

And it is easy to tell yourself lies in a relationship, because you want it to work; and if you didn't realize, if you didn't have a solid point of reference for what a marriage should be like, it could easily lead you to where April ends up. So I liked it.

I wasn't planning to see the movie, but now I'm sort of interested to see how Kate & Leo play it.


I watched the movie ten days ago, and I enjoyed it very much. I found it very real and intense. I found the characters their human, in their desires, their contradictions, their fear, their aspirations and their limitations, too. I don't feel a need to find all the explanations in the movie or in the book: in life one can never found all explanations, and perception depends on our character, personality, history and sensitivity.

I read the book after seeing the movie, and I am happy I did this in that sequence. I personally found that, even if the plot and the facts are the same, the book differs from the movie in the first 2 parts, in that it is more detailed in picturing the characters. My perception was different when I saw the movie compared than when I read the book.

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