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Monday, January 21, 2013

From Book to Movie- Silver Linings Playbook

Meet Pat Peoples. Pat has a theory: his life is a movie produced by God. And his God-given mission is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure him a happy ending—the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. (It might not come as a surprise to learn that Pat has spent several years in a mental health facility.)

The problem is, Pat’s now home, and everything feels off. No one will talk to him about Nikki; his beloved Philadelphia Eagles keep losing; he’s being pursued by the deeply odd Tiffany; his new therapist seems to recommend adultery as a form of therapy. Plus, he’s being haunted by Kenny G!

When I first saw the trailer for The Silver Linings Playbook- months and months ago- I was totally enthralled. It looked like my kind of movie. A super quirky romantic comedy. At the time I had no idea that it was a book written by Matthew Quick. It wasn't until I saw it at my university bookstore that I realized that a movie I had been dying to see was in fact a film adaptation of a book. I immediately knew that I wanted to read it.

Although I have yet to read the book (I'm on the waiting list at my local library), I have seen the movie and I will be the first to tell you it is worth all the hype that it's been getting. The Silver Linings Playbook is not just a quirky rom com. It's an incredibly insightful look into mental illness and the affects it can have on families and friends. I really enjoyed the movie and I am very curious about the book.

I think both Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence did a fantastic job with the characters (now remember, this is me saying this having not read the book). I haven't seen to many reactions of those who have read the book and not enjoyed the film. But I am looking forward to reading it and seeing how it compares to the movie.

Have you read the book and seen the movie? What are your thoughts?

~Happy Reading Everyone! 


  1. I haven't read or watched. But I am glad to hear that it is insightful as far as mental illness... that is sometimes played up as a joke.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  2. WOW! I didn't know there was a book of the movie!! I still think I'll watch the movie first.


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