‘I am not the girl I used to be. I am no longer desirable, I’m off-putting in some way. It’s not just that I’ve put on weight, or that my face is puffy from the drinking and the lack of sleep; it’s as if people can see the damage written all over me, can see it in my face, the way I hold myself, the way I move. The Girl on the Train, pg 17That’s the way Rachel describes herself early on in Paula Hawkin’s The Girl on the Train.You can make the point —and I did in my take on the book—that Rachel is so full of self-loathing that’s just how she sees herself, it’s not quite the reality. Still, these first images of Emily Blunt as Rachel from the set of the movie aren’t quite what I pictured. The Girl on the Train hasn’t let herself go, doesn’t look like a sloppy mess, and isn’t the least bit overweight as written by Paula Hawkins. Unless this is Hollywood’s idea of overweight and then we’re all done for. Perhaps it’s a flashback to happier times when she was still with Tom? If so, why the scowl? The pictures are from the Daily Mail Online. What do you think?
I put the question out to a couple of librarians I follow on twitter. Here’s what @ireneacton had to say.
@simcarter @joyweesemoll In the book she's a heavy drinker because of what happened to her plus rather chubby and I'm not seeing that in pic— Irene acton (@ireneacton386) November 10, 2015