Monday, September 17, 2018

Crazy Rich Asians the book vs the movie

Growing up we had a rule in my family, if the movie was based on a book you had to read the book before seeing the movie. Even though I'm now an adult and not living under my parents' roof I still try to stick to this rule. So when I saw they were making a Crazy Rich Asians movie I knew I had to read the book first. This one had been on my goodreads list for a couple of years and just never made it to the top of my list, but since reading the first book I'm totally hooked on the series. Today I thought it'd be fun to talk about some of the ways the book Crazy Rich Asians is different from the movie Crazy Rich Asians.

The Ending - Let's start with the most obvious way. If you read the book and saw the movie you know these two end in very different ways. Obviously the more happy ending of the movie is nice, but I'm curious to see how that different ending will play into a sequel as one of the best opening scenes in the China Rich Girlfriend books occurs because Nick is still not speaking to his mother.

The evilness of the Singapore girls - The movie shows that Rachel isn't welcome, but I think the book did a much better job of showing how very unwelcome she was. I'm glad they kept the dead fish part, but they left out so many other small ways the Singapore girls were just evil to Rachel.

The secretness of the Youngs - In the book the Youngs are so rich nobody has heard of them, unless they're equally as old money rich. This exclusiveness makes the Youngs seem rich on a totally different level. It's like how in the Great Gatsby, nobody really knows anything about Gatsby and that makes him seem more rich and important. In the book they mention that Astrid's family has bought all the news media in the country to keep them out of the papers, that's just next level rich.

Astrid's story - I love Astrid, probably because I picture her as a modern day Asian Audrey Hepburn. I thought they should have included more of her background and Michael's "affair". I'm about 100 pages into Rich People Problems and I really don't know how they're going to make this movie with so much of Astrid's story left out of the first movie.

And one part I'm very glad they kept the same, the opening scene! Buying a posh, expensive hotel because the front office management is racist is the perfect way to explain how truly crazy rich these families are.

Did you read Crazy Rich Asians and see the movie? Which did you prefer?

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