Don’t Judge a Book by its Movie is a feature on The Candid Cover spotlighting and reviewing book to movie adaptations.
Authors: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Narrators: Emily Janice Card and Kirby Heyborne
Publisher: Listening Library
Cast: Michael Cera, Kat Dennings, Aaron Yoo
Director: Peter Sollett
Screenplay: Lorene Scafaria
Summary (from Goodreads): It all starts when Nick asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes. He only needs five minutes to avoid his ex-girlfriend, who’s just walked in to his band’s show. With a new guy. And then, with one kiss, Nick and Norah are off on an adventure set against the backdrop of New York City – and smack in the middle of all the joy, anxiety, confusion, and excitement of a first date.
This he said/she said romance told by YA stars Rachel Cohn and David Levithan is a sexy, funny roller coaster of a story about one date over one very long night, with two teenagers, both recovering from broken hearts, who are just trying to figure out who they want to be – and where the next great band is playing.
Told in alternating chapters, teeming with music references, humor, angst, and endearing side characters, this is a love story you’ll wish were your very own. Working together for the first time, Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have combined forces to create a book that is sure to grab readers of all ages and never let them go.
When you are in the mood to read (or listen) to a fun, upbeat and all round humorous book, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist will fit the bill. Written by co-authors Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, this book will have you wishing for a whirlwind of a night like Nick and Norah have. The film, however, will leave you wondering what you even watched.
First of all, I have read a few books written by both Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. I love how rich and full of excitement these stories are. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist is a fast-paced book that takes place over a short period of time. The alternating perspectives in this particular book really add a wonderful flavour to the story and gives the listener quite a bit to digest as a new way of seeing the events unfolding is brought forth. I absolutely adored Norah’s character and her raw, edgy personality makes you laugh out loud as you are listening. Card and Heyborne both magically bring the characters to life with their narrations, making this one of my favourite audiobooks that I have listened to this year.
I was excited to find the film on my TV provider’s VOD site, so I naturally had to watch it. Sadly, the film adaptation of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist is one of the worst book to movie adaptations that I have ever seen. The story is altered so much that it made me angry as I watched it. Honestly, it was so loosely related to the original book that I was shaking my head throughout and wondering why I was still watching. The movie is reminiscent of a John Hughes film from the 80’s, however it lacks any of the real wit and intelligence some of those old favourites possess.
As you have already guessed, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist should not be judged by its movie. In fact, I suggest that you skip the movie entirely and enjoy this wonderfully humorous book on its own.