Books, Film

“Me Before You” Novel & Film Review


For my blog post that focuses on both the book and film, I wanted to wait until I was able to see Me Before You after I read the novel three months before the film was released. I was not disappointed…at all.

Jojo Moyes is the author of this novel, and contributed as screenwriter to the story on-screen.

To give you a little insight, it is about a young woman, Louisa Clark, played by Emilia Clarke (you may have seen her on a little show called Game of Thrones), who takes on a job caring for a wheelchair-bound Will Traynor, played by Sam Claflin (Hunger Games). The two form an unlikely bond throughout the story.

It takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions– happiness, sadness, joy, anger…

I will say that there were some key pieces that were in the novel that were not portrayed on-screen, which some, I felt, were key to the flow of it all. I understand that some things need kept out for the fluidity of the film, but I think if you read the novel before seeing the film you will know what is missing.

There is just something about seeing a film that follows so closely to the film!

Additionally, Jojo Moyes wrote a second book titled After You following the characters throughout more ups and downs.

I know when I was reading the novel, I always pictured Emilia and Sam in their obvious roles in the film in my head. Definitely sure that I am not the only person who does that.

So, my questions to you are:

  • If you saw the film, what did you think?
  • How much do you think the film followed the book?
  • Do you plan on reading the second novel?



5 thoughts on ““Me Before You” Novel & Film Review”

  1. I’m beyonddddd excited to check this one out. I read the book, didn’t expect too much of it but just ended up absolutely loving it. I also think Emilia Clarke was a perfect casting choice. She’s just so Lou haha. Nice post, are you currently sharing your writing on any other movie/tv platforms?


    1. I love Emilia Clarke! She is so quirky, plays just the right roles, and definitely would be who I see Louisa Clarke in human form.

      As for sharing my writing, I am on Facebook and Twitter with the handle The Basic Critic. I have not shared my writings with any other blogs or websites, but if you know of any, please feel free to share them my way!

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      1. I watched the movie over the weekend and LOVED it. It’s simple, sweet, and sad.

        Cool! Well if you’d be up for it, I’d love to introduce you to Moviepilot/Creators and to help you get your writing seen on the platform. I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to shoot me an e-mail if you’d like some extra info. Contact details are on my blog.

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  2. I read the book and didn’t mind it that much, but the longer I was thinking about it, the more I disliked it and got annoyed, so obviously I am not going to watch the film, but I am considering to read the second novel, once I get over.

    I know that my opinion is unpopular, but well, I think that this story is way overrated.


    1. One of my friends is also a major bookworm, and she too did not care for the book. She felt so many emotions, and ended up just being angry. So you aren’t the only one who feels this way. 🙂 I think I just fell in love with the relationship that Louisa and Will had. There was just something about it. “After You” I thought was OK. I’ve thought about doing a post on that novel as well, but I think I may wait a little bit on that. I read it right after I finished “Me Before You.”

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