The Book vs the Movie: The DUFF

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Book written by Kody Keplinger, 2011
Movie directed by Ari Sandel, 2015

 

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

 

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper may not be the prettiest girl in her high school, but she has a loyal group of friends, a biting wit, and a spot-on BS detector. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush, who calls Bianca the Duff–the designated ugly fat friend–of her crew.

But things aren’t so great at home and Bianca, desperate for a distraction, ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

 

 

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Which I Viewed First: The book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: The book, though the movie was pretty good (but a lot different).

Out of 5 stars, the Book Gets: 5 stars.

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 4 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: This comparison is a little difficult because the book and the movie just felt like different stories to me. While the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) is a concept in both, the book seemed to be darker at times, more focused on Bianca’s relationship with Wes, and didn’t go into a lot into the whole DUFF thing like the movie did. But I believe the plot in the book worked better for that medium and I found it more interesting than the movie. I also felt more connected to the characters.

Things the Movie Did Better:  I like that the movie seems to be a little fluffier overall, despite the bullying aspect (which isn’t in the book). I felt the bullying was an interesting story change but it did make it a lot more different than the book. It kind of had a chick flick, Mean Girls kind of vibe, but that worked well for movie format. I did like the whole uplifting “DUFF” thing near the end, though.

Verdict?: The book.

Should the movie be re-made?: Nah.

What do you think? Agree, disagree? Would love to hear your thoughts!

 

See more Book VS Movie posts HERE.

 

jnc

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