Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes being adapted for the screen

Congrats to Jojo Moyes ... her acclaimed novel Me Before You is on its way to becoming a movie, thanks to MGM. I've only read the first couple of pages but they really sucked me in. Two little pages and I already know I'm going to like it.


Here's the description from the publisher
"They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose
Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never 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.
A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?"

Have you read this one? Who should play Lou and Will? 
And a couple of things. Please, let's have the film take place in England like the story does in the book! As much as I enjoyed it, I still get annoyed that director Cameron Crowe moved the Dartmoor Zoological  Park from where it lived happily in Benjamin Mee's memoir, We Bought A Zoo to somewhere in the boonies of Southern California. Even though it was just a few miles from where I lived.
And please, please, can all the actors be English too? Unlike, again, We Bought A Zoo where all the English characters (who happened to be real people) were replaced by American actors like the lovely Scarlett Johannson and the equally lovely Matt Damon.  
Lovely as they are, I like my British movies based on books to feature British actors being British. Unless the actors are extremely gifted in terms of believable accents  ala Hugh Laurie who passes perfectly as the American doc in House and Renee Zelwegger wasn't too bad as British Bridget Jones.
So, back to business, who should be Louisa and who should be the deeply troubled Will Traynor?
I've just finished the book and have posted my take here.  

7 comments:

  1. This book is definitely on my TBR list. I had no idea that it was getting made into a movie. Hopefully I get a chance to read it before it comes out!

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  2. Ok. It's going on my list too. And I agree that the producers should be true to the setting.

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  3. Loved this book-just finished -laughed and cried my husband thought I'd lost it. Hopefully the movie will do it justice. I read somewhere that Jojo thought Carey Mulligan and Michael Fassbender would be good. I'd agree but might be awkward after Shame.

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  4. I received this book at BEA and it is still sitting on my shelf. Your review is encouraging me to move it up on my to-read list.

    Irene (Paydirt)

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    1. I still have to move it up on my own tbr pile. Right now enjoying This is Where I Leave You from Jonathan Tropper.

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  5. will: matthew goode
    lou: Keira Knightley

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    1. I hadn't thought of Matthew Goode; definitely a good addition to the list. Keira Knightley was my first thought too. But I've just finished the book and now I'm wondering if both actors should be lesser known names. This is such an unusual love story; it's so important that Will is seen in an authentic way, that his challenges are thoroughly understood so we can put them aside and focus on the relationship.

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