No tears (I love crying or almost crying when reading books), no big lesson, no touching moment - and even the parts in which I believe I was meant to laugh all I felt was "corny".
It could also be that because the whole story is about a overly dependent on her husband widow learning how to get up and get on with life - and my life just has absolutely nothing in common with the main character of this story (not only my life but my personality as well) and so that might have been the reason me and this book just didn't click.
Now on the other hand, just watching the trailer of this book it seems so nice, funny and light - my type of movie! Who knows for once in history the movie IS better than the book. Can't wait to to prove to myself it is really so, hah!
Wikipedia on "PS: I Love You":
P.S. I Love You is Irish writer Cecelia Ahern's first novel, published in 2004. The book reached #1 bestseller status in Ireland (for 19 weeks), the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, and the Netherlands.
Characters in "P.S. I Love You"
- Holly Kennedy - The main character
- Gerry Kennedy- Holly's husband
- Sharon McCarthy - Holly's best friend
- John McCarthy - Sharon's Husband
- Denise Hennessey - Holly's best friend
- Tom O'Connor - Denise's fiance
- Daniel Connolly - Holly's friend
- Elizabeth Kennedy - Holly's mother
- Frank Kennedy - Holly's father
- Richard Kennedy - Holly's older brother
- Meredith Kennedy - Richard's wife
- Timothy Kennedy - Richard's son
- Emily Kennedy - Richard's daughter
- Jack Kennedy - Holly's brother
- Abbey - Jack's girlfriend
- Ciara Kennedy - Holly's younger sister
- Mathew - Ciara's Australian boyfriend
- Declan Kennedy - Holly's younger brother
- Leo - Holly's hair stylist
- Barbara - A travel agent
- Chris Feeney - Holly's boss
- Alice Goodyear - Holly's secretary
- Charlie - A bartender
- Laura - Daniel's ex-girlfriend
Despite the hype and commercial success, (Irish political figure Bertie Ahern's daughter) Cecilia Ahern's debut novel drew mixed-to-negative reception. Radio Telefís Éireann (RTÉ) gave it three out of five stars, stating that Ahern's book is "funny and emotional" but criticised his impression that the message of the book was one of getting over the death of a loved one by "getting drunk and shopping". The Guardian wrote a satirical review in which Ahern's shallow characterisation and melodramatic plot were lampooned. The Clare County library called the book "overhyped", "predictable" and "full of stock characters", but lastly an "easy read... and a nice holiday read". Amazon.co.uk calls it "at times repetitive and her delivery is occasionally amateurish [but] Ahern deserves credit for a spirited first effort".
The plot is uncannily and extremely similar to that of a 1997 Korean film entitled The Letter & the Indian film titled "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai".
Main article: P.S. I Love You (film)
A film adaptation of the book was released in 2007 with Hilary Swank as Holly, and Gerard Butler as her husband, Gerry. James Marsters plays John McCarthy and Jeffrey Dean Morgan plays William Gallagher. The cast included Kathy Bates, Harry Connick, Jr., Gina Gershon and Lisa Kudrow. Filming began in October 2006 in New York City and Ireland, and the movie was released on 21 December 2007 in the United States (see below for other release information).
Although box office numbers were high, critics gave the film poor reviews. As of January 2008, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 21% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 82 reviews. Metacritic reported that the film had an average score of 42 out of 100, based on 15 reviews.
The scripts used in the production of the movie all had to be revised because page 76, line 13, did not read "I love you, Holly Kennedy," and instead mistakenly read "I love you, Holly Bok."
Differences between novel and film adaptation
The major difference between the novel and its film adaptation is that, in the novel, the main characters Holly and Gerry Kennedy are Irish. In the film, only Gerry is Irish, Holly and her family are Irish Americans, and the two live in New York. Also in the novel, Holly has numerous siblings, but in the film she has one. In the film, Jeffrey Dean Morgan plays William, a character who does not exist in the book. Another change is that in the books, the letters arrive all in a package together and Holly is expected to open them once a month. In the movie, the letters are delivered by mail. However, the film remains fairly true to the novel, and all of Gerry's letters are virtually unchanged.
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