Movie Release Date: February 13th 2009
Directed By: P.J. Hogan
Starring: Isla Fisher, Hugh Darcy, Krysten Ritter, Joan Cusack, John Goodman, John Lithgow and Leslie Bibb
A college grad lands a job as a financial journalist in New York City to support where she nurtures her shopping addiction and falls for a wealthy entrepreneur. – imdb.com
Book Release Date: 2000
Originally Published as: The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic
Written By: Sophie Kinsella
Rebecca Bloomwood just hit rock bottom. But she”s never looked better….
Becky Bloomwood has a fabulous flat in London”s trendiest neighborhood, a troupe of glamorous socialite friends, and a closet brimming with the season”s must-haves. The only trouble is that she can”t actually afford it — not any of it.
Her job writing at Successful Savings not only bores her to tears, it doesn”t pay much at all. And lately Becky”s been chased by dismal letters from Visa and the Endwich Bank — letters with large red sums she can”t bear to read — and they”re getting ever harder to ignore.
She tries cutting back; she even tries making more money. But none of her efforts succeeds. Becky”s only consolation is to buy herself something … just a little something….
Finally a story arises that Becky actually cares about, and her front-page article catalyzes a chain of events that will transform her life — and the lives of those around her — forever.
Sophie Kinsella has brilliantly tapped into our collective consumer conscience to deliver a novel of our times — and a heroine who grows stronger every time she weakens. Becky Bloomwood”s hilarious schemes to pay back her debts are as endearing as they are desperate. Her “confessions” are the perfect pick-me-up when life is hanging in the (bank) balance. – From ‘Random House’ book jacket
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Difference between the movie and the book:
- The book takes place in England, while the movie takes place in New York.
- Brandon remains British, but Becky is an American.
- The way that Brandon and Becky meet are different from the way they met in the novel. In the book Rebecca and Luke sort of know each other since she’s a financial journalist and covers events, where they usually see each other and she ends up borrowing money from him to buy a scarf. In the movie, she needs money to buy the scarf but is short. She runs to a hot dog stand to get a cash advance from her debt card and cuts to the front of the line, where Luke is. She keeps hassling the seller to give her money and Luke gives it to her so he can get his hot dog and get back to work.
- In the movie, Becky works at a gardening magazine but dreams of working at Alette, the fashion magazine. In the book, she simply works at a financial magazine.
- Tarquin is already Suze’s boyfriend in the movie. In the book Becky goes out on a pity date with Tarquin and then Suze (who is actually his cousin) goes out with him, but they don’t get together until the next book.
- In the movie, Derek is made up as some evil banker. In the book, he’s kind of stern, but somewhat lenient.
- She doesn’t sell her clothes until the second book.
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In My Opinion…..
I liked the movie! I really thought I would absolutely hate the movie because I didn’t think the book in general had enough substance to make a movie, but I was obviously proved wrong.
I loved Hugh Darcy in this movie! He’s so charming and suits the role of Brandon so well. Keep your eye out for the fan dance! 😀
I recommend watching these:
- ‘Princess Diaries’
- ‘He’s Just Not That In To You’
I recommend these books:
- Any Meg Cabot novels
- Any Gemma Townley novels
- ‘Undead and Unwed’ or anything from her ‘Betsy Taylor’ series (Mary-Janice Davidson)