“I made safe, careful choices and hoped that things would fall into place for me. Then I fell in love with Dex and still viewed it as something happening to me. I hoped that he would make things right, or that fate would intervene. But I have learned that you make your own happiness, that part of going for what you want means losing something else. And when the stakes are high, the losses can be that much greater.”
~Rachel White, via Emily Giffin in Something Borrowed
It’s no secret that Emily Giffin is one of my absolute favorite authors. The way she crafts her characters into people we relate to, people we understand, people we honestly feel as though we know … it’s remarkable. Emily has a distinct talent for telling stories that resonate. They stay with us for days, weeks, months after we read the final page. They leave a handprint on our hearts, and through that, Emily is able to connect with her readers in a very real, very special way. Add in the fact that she’s one of the most genuine, kind, gracious people you’ll ever meet, and, well, how could she not be a favorite? And her novels, how can they not follow suit? I rarely re-read books, but Emily’s are the exception – and, like an old friend, they simply get better with time.
So when I heard that Something Borrowed was being made into a movie, I was beyond excited. I’m usually wary when a favorite book (actually, any book) is turned into a movie, because it’s often really hard to translate the magic of the story to the big screen. Important plot points are changed, meanings get lost in translation, new twists and turns are added. But with this movie, I had faith from the beginning that it would do the novel justice. Emily kept us all in the loop via her facebook page , and her involvement in the process made me sure that the movie would stay true to the book. After seeing it last night, I’m happy to report that it does just that. It was a perfect reflection of Emily’s story and vision, a perfect portrayal of these characters whom I loved from page one of the book. Without giving too much away (seriously – go see this movie for yourself, I promise you’ll be glad you did), I’ll just say that the casting is extraordinary all around. The actors get their characters and their hearts, and they did a fabulous job turning the written word into the spoken word. Ginnifer Goodwin positively shone as Rachel, Colin Egglesfield epitomized Dex, Kate Hudson was the perfect Darcy, and John Krasinski brought the house down as Ethan. My favorite parts: the badminton scene, the dance scene in Rachel’s apartment, the flashbacks, the ending, the sneak peek during the credits, and, of course, Emily’s fabulous cameo!
I was proud to sit in the (nearly sold out!) theater and watch this story come to life all over again, just like it does in the book. Emily always paints such a compelling picture with her words, and now that picture is playing out on the big screen, too. To say I’m elated for her is an understatement. The movie is absolutely fantastic. Every moment is a joy, and I already can’t wait to see it again. As I’ve alluded to on here, it’s been a very long, very draining, very emotional two weeks for me and my family, and this movie gave me something to look forward to amidst it all. Emily’s writing, characters, dedication, and passion have inspired me more than words can say, and seeing her novel up there on the movie theater screen reminded me again why I cannot, will not, ever give up on my own publication journey.
Like Rachel, I believe that we make our own happiness. Fate and serendipity may be out there, but what we choose to do with them is entirely on us. And sure, high stakes also means the possibility for greater losses. But we’ll never know unless we try, and don’t we owe ourselves that? Don’t we owe it to ourselves to go for what we want and grab for our goals? Happiness is within our reach … we just have to make it happen. Thanks, Emily, for that reminder.
Have any of your favorite books been made into movies? Did you like the film version?