To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: how much was changed?

As always a shift from book to movie, brings up changes that were made and whether they went wrong.

As always a shift from book to movie, brings up changes that were made and whether they went wrong.

Madison Stites, Staff Writer

Much of East Lake High, particularly the female population that have Netflix, know or have heard of the film To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Originally a book by Jenny Han (the first in the trilogy), Netflix has taken it and turned it into an original motion picture. The adaptation brings up consistencies and changes that are up for evaluation for the question that is often asked: Which was better, the movie or the book?

Like all adaptations things have to be changed and cut out to turn a lengthy novel into a two-hour film. The changes for this book were not so overwhelming that the entire storyline was shifted. In fact, the film was particularly accurate in staying to the plot of a teenage girl whose hidden love letters get sent out to all the boys she wrote them to. The film keeps the comedic, adorable feelings created in the first book. However, there are some significant changes. The biggest one is the ending of the film. In the book, the ending does not consist of Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky together; instead, it ends with them just having broken up. The movie borrows from the beginning of the second book, though, to create less of a painful cliffhanger. Furthermore, the movie is not able to develop the change in characters as much as the book. In the book Peter is far worse, in that he is far more narcissistic, which allows for a bigger change in character as the story continues on. Though he is still loveable, there is that wish for book lovers, that the movie be accurate as possible.

Despite inconsistencies, the motion picture still got a 91% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes and is well loved by many. Overall, the book for a reader will most likely be better, but the two are so similar that both can be said to be great. Whether you prefer words or you prefer films, I definitely recommend watching or reading To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Furthermore, like the books, the film is to be a series, so be prepared to watch the sequel that is in the works.