Today's book and movie are:
Oh man - I love this movie so much. I could watch it over and over again - and I have. Because I love this movie so much I decided to read the book.
For those who haven't read or seen About A Boy by Nick Hornby - here is a brief synopsis:
Will is thirty-six, comfortable and child-free. And he's discovered a brilliant new way of meeting women - through single-parent groups. Marcus is twelve and a little bit nerdish: he's got the kind of mother who made him listen to Joni Mitchell rather than Nirvana. Perhaps they can help each other out a little bit, and both can start to act their age. - Goodreads
One of the issues I had with the book is the language. There was a lot of it. If a book is really good I can handle an F-bomb or two, but this book was full of F-bombs and the only reason I kept reading was because I loved the movie and I kept hoping it would surpass the emotional peak I experienced from the movie.
While I understand language is a subjective thing - the book never even came close to what the movie did.
Hugh Grant as Will is fantastic. The humor and wit, pitch perfect. The book was amusing at times, but never quite reached the movie. The characters were so much richer in the movie as well - more substance - which really seems strange, because books are usually where we find the real meat of the characters, but in this instance the book let me down.
The main reason I liked the movie more than the book was the ending. The movie has an incredible ending. The book ends differently and was somewhat disappointing.
Maybe I'm being unfair to the book though. With Hugh Grant singing Killing Me Softly in the movie - the book just didn't stand a chance.
I couldn't embed this awesome scene so follow the link and check it out - you won't regret it.
So, what say you. In your opinion was This Movie Actually Better Than The Book?