It’s been a while since I last made a post on this blog, and this is basically the biggest problem I have as a ‘blogger’, if I can call myself that — there’s no consistency in what I do. If I don’t post any updates, that means I basically have nothing to write about. I won’t fabricate something to write about or think of something to write about – I’m lazy like that. Perhaps in the future I’ll be better at this, but for now — oh well.
It was brought to my attention that there is a trailer for If I Stay, a movie adaptation of the book by the same name by Gayle Forman. Personally I wasn’t even aware that there was going to be a movie based on the book, but hey — I’m a total recluse, so I’m not surprised.
I read the book in november of 2013 in basically one day, and I ended up rating it four stars on Goodreads. I was personally very disappointed with the ending (which I can’t talk about without spoiling you), so I was curious to see what road they’d take in the trailer.
First response? I am… not impressed? I don’t know what it is, but the trailer rubs me the wrong way. I don’t like the idea of this being yet another love story about some girl in a coma — which is what the trailer makes it look like. I don’t know if I completely read a different book than the rest of the world, but this was not what I pictured. I like the shots of Chloe playing the cello — those are all very nice, but the emphasis of the trailer is on Mia’s relationship with Adam. I remember it being very, very important in the book but for some reason that was not what stuck with me when I read it, and it was not why I rated the book four stars.
The book is a great read and is very emotional and I’m very afraid that the people who haven’t read this book will see this trailer and will think, ‘God, didn’t we already have a movie just like this?’ (I’m talking about Seventh Heaven guys. Though not a complete exact storyline, it comes down to the same initial idea — and I’m sure there’s a lot more movies where a car crash with only one survivor in a coma have been made). Sure, there is no such thing as originality anymore, that’s what a lot of people say. Everything has been done already, everything has been made — and I agree. But the book, though it had a storyline I was familiar with, still gripped me and I still enjoyed it.
I chose to deal with it as a stand alone story and will not be reading the sequel because of the ending (again, can’t talk about it) and the trailer did not grip my attention like the book did. I might be completely wrong, but it didn’t really do much for me.
I hope, for the fans, that I am wrong and that the movie will be fantastic. Chloe is a great actress, so there’s no problems there — I just hope the story will be properly told and that some of the golden moments have been preserved.