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Book Vs. Movie

And the results are in….

It was a landslide victory for…drumroll…Legs in Trash!

Rest assured, I forwarded the results to my editor. I can't promise that's the cover that will end up being used…but it's looking good so far! Many thanks to everyone who wrote in.


It appears that a great many of you went to the movies this weekend. I managed to get in a matinee myself.

I didn't go see PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN TWO, as so many of you seemed to. Instead, I went to see THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA.

I didn't finish the book (I accidentally left it in a hotel room). But even so, I knew how it ended. Doesn't everyone? It ends with the author getting a six-figure advance for her tell-all book about her boss, who was based on Vogue's Anna Wintour (next to whom I once sat on a plane to Martha's Vineyard. She was very quiet. And extremely tiny).

Well, guess what? That is how the story ended in real life. But, surprisingly, that is NOT how the movie ends. Which made me a little sad. I would have enjoyed a final scene with Anne Hathaway rolling around on a big pile of money, going, “Take that, Miranda Priestly!” Talk about empowering.

Unlike many readers, I almost always enjoy the movie adaptations of books I've read. This is partly, of course, because I'm quite shallow.

But also because the movies cut out the long bits of extraneous exposition that you just know were the author's way of getting back at her college roommate, or whatever, and which ended up having nothing to do with the actual plot of the book.

One thing I've noticed though: when I tell other authors that I enjoyed the movie based on their book, oftentimes they react by looking horrified. This is not a very nice response. It's like saying I'm an idiot for liking the film version of your book.

Well, chill out, authors. You got your check and cashed it, and guess what? Your precious prose hasn't been harmed.

And in many cases, the movie of your book was better than the actual book.

Oh, yes. I went there.

Anyway, barring any interference from my pal Kim Jung Il, the Kathy Griffin interview where she tells Larry King about how her husband stole from her will be on CNN tonight at 9PM. We BETTER get some answers then.

I would just like to add that, during this busy movie-going season, this website always proves invaluable to me. With so many movies, and so little time, it's a very handy little guide for people like me who don't want to waste their time (or money) on movies with sad endings (or, conversely, who want to be able to mentally prepare for a sad ending in advance).

Sigh. I wish there was a website called LIFE POOPERS where you could go and look up people's lives to see how they're going to turn out. I wouldn't necessarily want to see the details, because the fun is in getting there. I just want to know how it all ends up.

More later.

Much love,

Meg Cabot