Hey Virtually Readers! Shanti and I recently watched To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before separately. I thought it might be fun to do a co-discussion with what we thought about it. I’m italics, Shanti is bold, let’s go!
So one thing that’s quite noticeable in the books and the movies is the ~aesthetics~. Lara Jean is particular about her outfits and clothes and room decorations. Can you talk about any of your favourite Lara Jean outfits, or how you felt the aesthetics translated off the page?
Shanti: The movie was so pinterest! I liked Lara Jean’s outfit at the party, and also right before the party (see here). The books were very pastel, and I think the movie translated that really effectively, as well as having moments of bright colours, like the outfits when Peter first confronts Lara Jean about the letters (so much yellow!) and when Lara Jean tries to ‘break up’ with Peter, just before the ski trip.
Like when I read the books, I finished the movie inspired to redecorate my room and do some baking, although I ended up doing neither.
Was there any time you felt like the movie differed significantly from the book?
Shanti: The motivation for the letters being sent out totally changed, and I think that the one in the book made more sense to me. On the other hand, the movie kinda addressed why Lara Jean addressed the envelopes, which made a lot more sense.
Shar: Yeah I really was expecting Lara Jean to become angry with Kitty like in the books, but that didn’t happen. Also, the ending was borrowed from the start of the second book. This makes sense because in the book, the whole thing ends on a cliffhanger (Lara Jean hasn’t told Peter about her feelings) but borrowing part of the second book made the ending more complete. Also, Margot was less of an important character, I think?
What was your favourite scene?
I liked the scene where Lara Jean and her dad hung out in the cafe, and the one where Peter watched a movie with Lara Jean and Kitty. It was so wholesome and also fun. Also I loved the part where Chris interrogated Lara Jean’s dad, asking why he wanted to be a gynecologist.
Shar: I totally loved Kitty! I thought the actress did a really good job capturing her spirit. I actually quite liked how the beginning and end scenes (Lara Jean in a field romanticising) tied up the movie quite neatly.
What part of the movie did you relate to most?
Shanti: I really appreciated how the message is about daring to put yourself out there a little bit. That’s definitely something I’ve been trying to do since I moved out of home, and I think I’m getting better at it. It was a nice reminder that this doesn’t come easy for anyone. I also liked how stressed Lara Jean was about driving…so relatable (I cannot drive because this is how I react when people try to teach me).
Shar: I really liked the way the movie didn’t make it seem like Lara Jean was bad for not being a hugely adventurous person or not doing the whole high school party thing (because heaven knows I didn’t) but how the movie showed her trying new things instead of taking away from her homebody habits.
What food did this book make you want to eat?
Shanti: Popcorn. Always popcorn. I adore popcorn! But cake is great too…
Shar: Personally, I liked the cupcake scene.
Have you watched this? What are your feelings bout book-to-movie adaptations? Have you read the books?