Sunday, 3 July 2016

The Choice DVD Giveaway & Book to Movie Comparison

The Choice is out to download now and on DVD from 4th of July and the lovely people at DnA PR are giving away three copies to celebrate the DVD release. You can enter by filling out the form at the end of this post.

The movie:

The book:

The Choice

by Nicholas Sparks

Summary: Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in small-town North Carolina. In full pursuit of the good life - boating, swimming , and regular barbecues with his good-natured buddies -- he holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style. That is, until Gabby Holland moves in next door. Spanning the eventful years of young love, marriage and family, THE CHOICE ultimately confronts us with the most heart wrenching question of all: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?

Book vs. Movie:
Let's start with the movie: I loved the characters and the cast (the dogs too! and the little feature about them in the DVD extras was my favourite), they were the best part of the movie and had such an easy chemistry with each other. 
The plot, my feelings were a bit more mixed on that. I loved the first chunk of the movie, that part was fun and funny and cute. It was just the last quarter of the movie that I'm unsure about. In that bit, it was still really cute and I did like it but the ending was a bit too cheesy and too unrealistic and made it hard to suspend disbelief. And yet, I wouldn't have particularly wanted it to end the other way it could've gone either -- so I'm conflicted on that.
Overall, I'd rate the movie 4 stars out of 5, for making me laugh and smile.
As for the book: This is the first Nicholas Sparks book I've read (even though I own three of his books) and...well, it was okay. I liked it most of the time, but his writing style was a bit too dry and rambling for my taste. 
Parts of the story that I loved in the movie were scenes that felt too mundane or too dragged out in the book. I liked the characters, but Gabby annoyed me quite a bit in the first part of the book and I was kind of indifferent to the romance -- the book characters didn't have much spark or passion, I liked them as a couple but I wouldn't have minded if they didn't end up together either (which isn't how I should feel reading a romantic story).
Basically, the book was okay but it just wasn't my cup of tea. I would probably give more of his books a chance though. I'd rate this one 2.5 stars out of 5.
Now, the book vs. the movie...

I think my verdict is obvious: I definitely preferred the movie. The issues I had with the book weren't an issue in the movie (although the ending worked better in the book).
Normally when I'm watching an adaptation of a book I've read, the changes will bother me but I actually really liked most of the changes they made in this one -- scenes that seemed silly or dragged out in the book worked well in the movie with the little changes they made.
And the cast? The cast totally sorted out the lack of romantic chemistry between the two characters -- I loved them together in the movie, and movie Gabby didn't annoy me, I actually really liked her. I definitely recommend the movie if you want to watch a cute romance.

The giveaway will end on the 7th of July and is open to people in the UK only.

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