Book & Movie review – The Duff


Book or movie? This question always comes up when a film (or sometimes book) adaptation comes out. But is it always as simple as choosing one or the other? I don’t think it is. Sometimes they can be very different but equally enjoyable. And that is the case for The Duff…



The book

This book had been on my radar for a while and when I heard it was being adapted into a film, I bumped it up my TBR pile. I loved it! It was gritty, realistic, funny and at some points, dark. The story was fast paced and never boring. The writing was brilliant and engaging and it felt that the author had a very good and realistic grasp on what it is to be a teenager. The unique way they speak and respond to each other and situations is sometimes difficult for a an adult to pull off but Kody Keplinger did it very well. When I researched the author, I found out she was only 17 when she wrote this book! I think that’s a very impressive feat for such a young person and to do it so well too is fantastic. I’m definitely going to check out some of her other work. So after reading this and loving it, I had high hopes for the movie.

The movie

At 31, this kind of film is really a guilty pleasure for me (especially as there was a reference to 30 being old). It was a lot of fun, a light-hearted feel good movie with a good moral message. Plus Robbie Amell, shirtless – need I say more!



The basic plot was the same but it had many differences. Some of the heaviness of the book was replaced with humour and light-heartedness.





I thoroughly enjoyed my experience of reading the book and watching the movie. Luckily I’m not a stickler who expects the adaptation to be exactly the same as the book. I appreciate that the story is being presented in a different medium and from a small collection of people’s perspectives. In conclusion, the book was great and the film was a lot of fun. They were different but equally enjoyable. I recommend checking both out if you enjoy YA Contemporary stories, you won’t be disappointed. Happy reading đź“–:)





Friday Favourites – Book to Screen Adaptations.

Author – Kiera.

I have struggled with this weeks Friday Faves a little bit. I am very fussy with adaptations, especially if it is from a book I really love! I like them to stick to the story as closely as possible and get quite disgruntled when they don’t. Hmph.

With that being said here are some of my favourite adaptations.



I really enjoyed the book, and the show is almost identical! There are a few changes, but in this case I can see how it will benefit the show. The books follows the same set of characters for the first two, then it starts flitting between different characters in each book. The series seems set up to follow the first set of characters throughout, so some changes have been made to make the storyline carry on from there. Both the book and the show have amazing characters, full of southern charm. I literally melt every time Clay says ‘Darlin’.

The Vampire Diaries.

I don’t think I have met anybody that doesn’t like The Vampire Diaries. The first book was written over twenty years ago, and has a very different feel to it than the show. Plus the show seemed to take some ideas from the book and then take it in any and every direction they wanted! Despite the differences, I really enjoy watching it. There is never a dull episode, and no town knows how to party like Mystic Falls.

The Lord Of The Rings (and The Hobbit)

We’ve all seen LOTR, right? I don’t know that many people who have read the books though. This makes me sad, because while they are heavy going there is a lot of detail in there that they just couldn’t fit into the films. Even with the extended versions! Though it seems to be the opposite with The Hobbit. While I have enjoyed the films (I haven’t seen the last one yet) there is an awful lot of filler to them. I love them in any form though. They are amazing.

Memoirs Of A Geisha.

I love the film. I love the book. If you haven’t seen or read it go now! They are both so atmospheric, full of passion and utterly captivating. You get glimpses into Japanese culture and traditions, and the complexity of the Geisha’s nature. I know some people thought it was an actual memoir, and that seemed to tick them off. As long as you go into this knowing it’s fiction, I don’t think it’s a problem.

Mary Poppins.

Mary Poppins is my favourite film. I have so many good memories attached to this film! I know it word for word and used to make my friends act out different scenes from it when we were out playing. I was a bit older when I read the book, which is a good thing because the Disney version is a lot lighter and fluffier than it’s book counter-part. They did a great job extracting some of the iconic scenes from the book and putting their own spin on them. Mary Poppins is not as likeable in the books, so it’s probably a good thing they did!

Friday Favourites – Book to Movie Adaptations

Author – Laura

It’s Friday, and that means that we Bookspa girls get to share all our favourite book-related things. This week we’re looking at a topic that can divide opinions and turn friends into foes. Well, maybe not quite that dramatic, but still…

I think book to movie adaptations are always a gamble, because no two people read a book in the same way. Every reader has their own idea of what the lead character looks like, how they fall in love, what their home looks like etc, regardless of how detailed the authors description is.

These are the adaptations that hit the spot for me.


I know, but hear me out. I think Catherine Hardwicke did a brilliant job of the first in the Twilight series of movies. She nailed the atmosphere, the tension and of course, Edwards hair.  I think the director really understood the book – she was the only female to direct any of the films, so perhaps she looked at the story in a different way to the others? I enjoyed the rest of the series, but Twilight will always be my favourite. The scene at the end, with the fairy lights and Iron and Wine playing in the background? *Sigh*…

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

If you haven’t seen this film, then you should stop what you’re doing and find yourself a copy right now. The book is poignant, touching and funny, and this really comes across on the big screen. I think Logan Lerman did a great job in the lead role, he is cute and awkward, and his scenes with Emma Watson are some of my favourite. Even though it’s not a hugely uplifting story, I felt like I’d been a part of something quite special when I left the cinema.

The Green Mile

I cried reading the book, so I wasn’t sure how I’d feel watching the movie. Needless to say, I cried even more, sat in my lounge surrounded by tissues. If you’ve had any exposure to either the book or the film you’ll know what I mean. The subject matter was handled sensitively, but without a smidge of sugar coating, hence the 18 rating. The casting was spot on; you couldn’t help hating Percy Wetmore and feeling heartbroken for the gentle giant, John Coffey.

The Lovely Bones 

This is the only adaptation I did back to front, in that I saw the film before I read the book. Either way, it’s a haunting story that will stick with you long after you’ve read or seen it. Peter Jackson doesn’t really make bad films, and although this is a million miles away from The Shire it’s still as affecting as any story about a ring. You sort of get lost in it, caught up in the life and death of Susie Salmon The film really catches the sense of other-worldliness (probably not a real word) that you get from the book.

What book – to – movie adaptations have really impressed you?