A Critical Analysis of “THE DUFF” Movie

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Hello everyone. I am back again a little bit late and with a very non-bookish review of “THE DUFF” movie. So, this movie came out in the year 2015 and I was super, super pumped to watch the movie at that time But some how life happened and I ended up not watching it. Which was a great decision. So recently, I got Netflix subscription and I decided to binge watch all my favorite Rom-coms. And then I stumbled upon The Duff movie and I decided to give this movie a shot. And Man,oh Man!!!! Do I regret that decision……

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First of all, The Duff by Kody Keplinger is one of my all time favorites contemporary romance young adult novel. In fact it was among the books which introduced me to the world of young adult genre so this book is definitely more closer to my heart.

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So let’s dissect the way through which this movie has disappointed me.

  1. Was the presence of Bella Thorne really required in the movie???

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The Obvious answer is NOOOO, it was not required. But the director thought why not add a self-obsessed pretty girl who likes to bully other to make this movie a typical high school teen cliche movie.

2. Was it necessary to make Bianca’s friend so shallow??

For me, her friend was okay BUT it was the character of Bianca that really,really annoying for me. She had zero respect for her friends and was always telling them that she can’t tell them anything and throughout the movie she literally does that. However, if you have read the book, then in that case you might be aware that Bianca do tell her friend most of the things if not all of them.And that fight between Bianca and her friends….could it get any worse than that. I mean seriously!!!!

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And this leads me to my last and final thought and this thing bugged me THE MOST out of all of them.

3. The Character Development

Throughout the movie, I realized that in order to make this movie a perfect target for all those teen girls who love cliche romantic stories. I also love a GOOD romantic comedy but not the one where director and scriptwriter basically slathered a good book. So kudos to director and script writer

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If you have read the book and if you haven’t I highly recommend you to read it. Bianca had much more worth mentioning issues in her life and Toby Tucker being her crush and trying to get him to acknowledge her was not among them. Her father was an alcoholic and her parents were divorcing. These circumstances forced her to have a relationship with Wesley.

All of these facts were blatantly ignored in the movie and a cliche prom story was inserted instead.And I am sacred for more ruined adaptations of some of the awesome books.

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So the overall, this strengthen my belief that “BOOKS BEFORE MOVIES”.

And finally the rant is over :). Have you seen the movie?? and have also read the book?? Give me your two cents about this butchering of books by directors and script writers.

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The Peer and The Puppet by B.B REID (A Review)

Release Date: 22 July,2018

Publisher: Bebe’s Read LLC

Genre: Romance, New adult, High School Romance, Young Adult, Contemporary

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SYNOPSIS

THE PUPPET

Borrow the bike. Win the race. Collect the cash. It should’ve been an easy job. Ran out of town with a broken leg and a lawsuit, my mother’s latest flame swoops in like a knight in gilded armor. Blackwood Keep is a place I don’t belong, and I’m not the only one who knows. To the boy across the hall, my savior’s only son, I’m a stray looking for a bone.

He’s lord of the manor.
King of the academy.
And number one on my shit list.

THE PEER

I have no intentions of becoming a happy family with the social climber and her wild daughter. A bottle of Jameson and a cracked skull gets my problem shipped to reform school, but I didn’t bank on her returning.

Four’s out to get even, and she almost had the perfect plan: expose the privileged kid moonlighting as a gangbanger. She’s smart, but she’ll have to be smarter. Sending her away won’t be good enough this time. I’m going to have to tame the little troublemaker. To the girl across the hall, the one without a name, I’m nothing without my silver spoon.

She’s lady of the trailer park.
Queen of the swamps.
And my new favorite pastime.

Review

Four was a girl who was born in poverty yet was fearless and love to race. She grew up with her mom who is complicated through most part of story.In the opening chapter of the book we see Four riding a bike at a race and then an accident happen which forced her mom to move Four to her new lover’s house, where Four met with Ever, the son of the Four’s soon to be step father. It was an instant love/hate relationship between both of them. Have you read this story before??

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This is the most reoccurring theme for most of the Young Adult High School novels.And I can count some of these on my fingertips. Now don’t get me wrong,I love a good romance novel with a good love/hate relationship between the leading character. But the thing that is most annoying for me was how messy this story was, I was reading and all of the sudden Four was in boarding school. I mean what?? when?? How??. And as soon as she was back we were introduced with Ever’s cousin with no background whatsoever.

The Plot was very weak mainly riding on Four and Ever’s sexual tension.There are also certain factors in the book that made me think that is this really the case with the youth of USA? For instance, What is a 17 year old boy (who is super rich) doing in a gang??? I mean why?? Was this really necessary for the angsty plot of the story ?

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Don’t get me wrong. Ever can totally join a gang but what about a backstory. Also I do get that Four and Ever have a lot of sexual tension and chemistry but that doesn’t mean that Ever needs to be a possessive, controlling alpha male. Like a mini version on Mr. Christian Grey

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Anyways, TBH I don’t think this was necessary. Ever’s personality completely ruined the book for me. All in all it was a 2.5 star read for me on average.Because there were literally parts in the book where I was completely lost. But the story behind Four’s name made me really sad.

Have you read this book?? If yes, What are your reviews?