The Silver Linings Playbook

Book vs. Movie

The Silver Linings Playbook (book)    Silver Linings Playbook (movie)

I can’t complain about either the novel or the film.  Yes, there are definite differences between the two but for all intents and purposes, most characters are included in the movie (with some exceptions) and most of the scenes take place (but the chronology is not similar).  I saw the movie before I read the book, so when I was introduced to characters I already had an idea of how they looked.  Details, such as Pat Peoples name (onscreen it is Pat Solitano), what they wear at the dance competition and who they compete against, are different.  Another thing to point out is the wedding song that drives Pat insane.  In the book, it is a Kenny G song (“Songbird”), whereas in the film version it is Stevie Wonder’s “Ma Cherie Amour”.  The ending for both are certainly not the same.  Although they each end on a positive note, I still enjoyed seeing Pat actually tell his ex that he has been able to move on without her, in the screen rendition.  I got the feeling that the “movie” Pat is much stronger than the one in the book and the film seemed more happy, as romance movies usually are.  One thing I have to mention is that everyone did a phenomenal job in their roles, portraying the characters.  I wholeheartedly agree that Bradley Cooper was outstanding and so was Jennifer Lawrence, in delivering a great performance.  If you have the time, you should really try to read it and see it!

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