A Simple Favor (2018)
Author Darcey Bell’s debut novel, A Simple Favor, is written as a tense, Gone Girl-esque thriller that’s more of a pale pastiche of the genre than a gripping page-turner. For the film adaptation, director Paul Feig reinvented the story, and instead made the tale – about a small-town vlogger searching for her missing, enigmatic friend – a sharp and twisty black comedy. Stars Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively are dynamite and deliver on the laughs. And we can’t forget the many covetable suits Lively dons on screen that sparked a thousand memes!
Legally Blonde (2001)
Elle Woods (another iconic Reese Witherspoon role) is a perfect protagonist. She’s smart, funny, ambitious and surprising on her quest to battle stereotypes and conquer Harvard Law School. On the other hand, the novel is inspired by writer Amanda Brown’s own pretty negative experiences at law school, making it…kind of a drag. It’s more mean-spirited and, frankly, less empowering than the film to the point where it feels like everything you love about the charming movie is missing from the page. Thankfully, the movie took a different approach, which we can all be grateful for the next time we re-watch the “bend and snap” scene.
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Source: RD Canada