Aaaand it’s time to discuss the movie! I feel like the wait for the movie was so long, but now the wait is finally over, and I hope that all (or at least most) of us have had the chance/time to see it! I really enjoyed the film adaptation, and can’t wait to talk about it with all of you! For those of you who haven’t yet read the book or seen the movie, beware that there are spoilers for the book and the film beyond this point!
– About the Film –
Title: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Genres: Drama, Romance
Release Date: August 17, 2018
Running Time: 99 minutes
Directed by: Susan Johnson
Screenplay: Sofia Alvarez
Cinematography: Michael Fimognari
Edited by: Phillip J. Bartell
Starring: Lana Condor, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart, Noah Centineo, Israel Broussard, John Corbett
Distributed by: Netflix
Lara Jean Covey writes letters to all of her past loves, the letters are meant for her eyes only. Until one day when all the love letters are sent out to her previous loves. Her life is soon thrown into chaos when her foregoing loves confront her one by one.
– About the Book –
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
by Jenny Han
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Date published: April 15th, 2014
Source: Personal purchase.
What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?
Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.
– Netflix Film Adaptation Discussion Questions –
Those of you who have not yet read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, or seen the film adaptation, and still intend to read and/or watch them, don’t read beyond this point (including the comments), because there will be spoilers! You have been warned. But, if you like spoilers … be my guest!
It’s not mandatory that you answer these questions! This is not school, haha. The questions are mainly meant to generate conversations in case some of our readalongers are having a hard time picking something to talk about. Also, feel free to mention and discuss anything which I may not have thought of in the questions below! Please be sure to avoid posting spoilers about P.S. I Still Love You, the next book in this series. Also! if you do decide to answer the questions in the comments, please number your answers to correspond with the questions. It just makes it easier and less confusing for everyone (including myself) too keep track of things! Thank yoooouuuuu!
– The Questions –
- What did you think of the differences between the film adaptation of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and the book?
- What is your favourite scene in the movie, or change that they made specifically for the film?
- Did you prefer the movie or the book? Or did you like both equally?
- Do you think that they’ll make movie adaptations of the next two books too?
- Are you happy that they turned the book into a movie? Or would you have preferred it being a TV show so that there would be more content for you to watch?
– My Answers –
- I expected there to be differences (I mean … there always are)! And I did like the scenes that they added. Buuuut I was a little bit upset that they skipped Halloween, because that was one of my favourite parts in the book! They also didn’t include the puppy and the time Lara Jean and Peter went to the estate sale (as well as other Lara Jean and Peter scenes)!
- I think my favourite thing was that Josh didn’t kiss Lara Jean. But I also liked that Margot was more understanding of Lara Jean’s situation in the movie than she was in the book, and I like that they added a bit to the ending. The ending was not only more satisfying, but it also makes it possible for the movie to be a standalone if they don’t plan on adapting the other books in the series.
- I liked both equally for different reasons!
- I have no idea, but I hope that they adapt the other books, because I really liked seeing all of the characters come to life on my TV!
- I love the movie, and have seen it twice already (I’ll likely watch it a 3rd time this week) … buuuut now that I think about it, I do wish that there was more content for me to watch. Yes, they used their budget in a very effective way to make this movie (I mean, the casting and cinematography is just wow), but I wouldn’t have minded more hours that I could spend with Lara Jean and Peter (without having to rewatch the movie over and over and over, hahaha)!
– Readalong Schedule –
|Discussion Date||Section||Discussion Location|
|July 23, 2018||Start reading!||N/A|
|August 1, 2018||Chapters 1-24||Here!|
|August 8, 2018||Chapter 25-49||Here!|
|August 15, 2018||Chapter 50-72||Here!|
|August 22, 2018||Netflix Movie Discussion||This post!|