Movie Reviews

Movie First, Book After

I like to watch movies to see if books are worth reading. I recently watched To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (a new Netflix original film) because I’ve heard such good things about it.

It’s a very sweet story about sixteen year-old Lara Jean who lives life more in her head than she does in reality and what happens when those fantasies get shared with the real world. I really fell in love with the characters, which if you’ve read any of my previous posts you know I’m a sucker for character driven stories.

Watching this film gave me the same feeling I had reading Fangirl, easy to get through and engaging enough that the characters warrant being invested in. Sure, there were times it felt a bit like a Hallmark movie mixed in with fan-fiction, but it was still a really light-hearted watch.

If I can help it, I read the books after I watch the film. I know its sacrilege but that’s how I like to do it. If I really enjoy a film, as I did with To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, then I want to pick up the book because I know it’ll give me a longer relationship with the characters. I think of it like the movie being the dating profile and the book is the date. So, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, I’ll be picking you up soon.

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