Me Before You…

Aah… Jojo Moyes. What a complete legend. Her writing style is brilliant, telling a story so well that you aren’t even aware it’s a story. Her writing flows and is something you can read anywhere from the train home to the poolside in an exotic location. 

I read Me Before You at a time when I hadn’t read anything that had excited me for a while. I wanted something to wrap me up in a story so gripping that I couldn’t put it down and thankfully, this is just what it did. I love how I was unsure of the ending right up until the end, how believable the story is, how wonderful the characters are (even Will Traynor), and just how beautifully written it is. That is why it remains one of my favourite books of all time. I love that it’s gritty and not your average chick lit. I love that it’s absolutely hilarious and heartbreaking all at the same time. I love how it tackles a massive issue that is a bit of a taboo. Anyway, in case you haven’t guessed, I’m a huge fan. That is why I was super excited when I heard that Me Before You was being turned into a movie. It’s always a bit of a gamble when a book that you love is turned into a motion picture, but I was excited all the same. Even if I did have to wait a couple of years! 

A couple of months ago the trailer was released, and it was everything that I was hoping for. A great cast and beautifully shot. It made me even more excited for the movie, so I was super glad when it finally came out last week and I could drag my husband along on Saturday. I wasn’t sure if he would like it as he is such an action movie boy, but he rocked up with me anyway and I was pleasantly surprised when he said that he enjoyed it much more than he thought he would. Hurrah! 

Starring Emilia Clarke of Game of Thrones fame, the screenplay was written by Jojo Moyes and I think that’s why it has retained so much accuracy and remained true to the book. The cast are fabulous and have really succeeded in embracing the characters. The funny parts were absolutely hilarious on screen, it was like the scenes had leapt out of the book with added detail. Patrick’s facial expressions were the best. The sad parts were terribly moving, literally all I could hear around me were tissues ruffling and noses snorting. Overall I was very impressed with how the movie has turned out, such accuracy and detail with a wonderful cast. I would highly recommend a watch, even if you haven’t already read the book.

Now I just need to read After You, to see how the story continues!

Have you read the book or seen the movie?

L x

Cinema dating…


Aah the cinema, the ultimate place to view the latest blockbusters, overindulge on popcorn and generally just switch off for a couple of hours. I’ve always quite enjoyed going to the cinema. It’s great seeing a movie that’s trailer has caught your eye. 

Watching the storyline unfold on a gigantic screen with perfect sound is always enjoyable, but I don’t think that this is the reason I adore going so much. I think that it’s more of the whole experience. The choosing of the seats (I often find middle of row G is pretty good!), to the choosing of the snacks (sweet popcorn, Diet Coke and Pic ‘n’ Mix please), I just love it. I love switching off for a couple of hours and being immersed in something that isn’t super ordinary. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore my life, but it’s nice to just switch off and relax too. Have uninterrupted time (unless your cinema companion is a talker). 

We’ve recently moved home and now live within walking distance of a Cineworld, so the hubby and I have snapped up some Ultimate passes. They are bloomin’ brilliant. Going to the cinema is super expensive, by the time you have added on drinks etc, you’ve pretty much spent thirty quid each. With our passes we can go as often as we like for £16.90 per month. As long as we have gone a couple of times, we’ve made our money back. The passes also give us a discount at a few restaurants as well as drinks and snacks, so it’s a pretty good deal. There’s also an abundance of movies coming up that the hubby and I are keen on seeing, so it’s worked out quite well really.

It’s a great excuse to make quality time to spend with one another as sometimes it can be so easy to spend time together without really spending time together. If that makes sense? We are both quite busy and I barely see him in the morning. We get in quite late from work and often cook dinner together, but mostly the evening has gone, so it’s nice that we set aside any free evenings for a cheeky cinema date. It sounds bonkers because obviously we don’t talk to each other during the film, but we have a nice chat on the way there and discuss the movie afterwards. I quite enjoy our little cinema dates.

Have you been to the cinema recently? 

L x