Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Me Before You

When the Me Before You trailer was released, my Twitter feed exploded with friends freaking out about it. I hadn't read the book, but I watched the trailer just to see what all the fuss was about. I could see that it was something I would like, so I picked up the book.

As I read the book, I could see why everyone loved this book and movie trailer. It was beautiful and heart wrenching all at the same time. I sobbed my way through the end, and then told everyone I know that they needed to read it.

When the movie was released I thought for sure I wouldn't ugly cry, because I knew how the story ended. Yeah... guess how well that worked out for me? Luckily, I wasn't the only one crying. The story was brought to life perfectly by the actors. I can't imagine anyone else playing the roles. Sometimes it's nice to have seen the movie (or trailer in this case) before reading the book. I had Sam and Emilia in my mind before I even started. That eliminated the disappointment that so often comes from book to movie adaptations.

I know there was a lot of controversy about this movie because of the choices the main character makes. I get it. It makes me angry. I do not agree with his decisions at all. I think the important thing is to remember that this is one man's story. It's not a recommendation about how anyone should live their life. If we can't look at life through multiple different points of view, what is the point of storytelling?

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