Monday, November 19, 2018

Penelope; Marilyn Kaye

Title: Penelope
Author: Marilyn Kaye
Genre: Young Adult
Published Date: March 20th, 2007

Penelope Wilhern is born into a family of rich socialites that is afflicted by a secret curse: her disfigurement (a pig nose) will only be cured when she finds a willing suitor to take her hand in marriage. Her parents subject her to a string of blue-blooded bachelors in their attempt to marry her off, and each suitor is enamored with Penelope and her sizable dowry until the curse is revealed.


Hello Fellow Readers,  

First off, the movie is one of my all time favorites. If I am feeling upset, bored, or need a pick me up I can watch this movie and help keep my mind off of things. So the book is just a written variation of the movie since the movie technically came first, however, I thought what the hell 'I've never read a book based on a movie so why not?'

There are some differences, mostly with the beginning, I found it to be sort of long winded but we get more background information on her family which is nice. We also get more of an insight on Penelope and her childhood plus it better shows the relationship she has with her father, something they sort of gloss over in the movie.

Her mother is (surprisingly) more horrid in the book than the movie if you can believe it. It also gives more of the supporting cast more depth like Lemon, and the matchmaker whose name I cannot think of right now, but it does have its drawbacks. The whole getting to know Max (Johnny) was too brief in my opinion, at least to make it believable that they love each other, I feel like the movie shows it better.

Overall was it a bad idea to read this? Absolutely not. Like I said more insight into otherwise bland characters. I won't say I love it more than the movie but you can definitely read and watch and you won't regret it. 

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