Blonde on Netflix
Why We Made this Selection and Background Knowledge
Julie: Heard about the standing ovation at the Venice film festival and it intrigued me.
Claire: All the headlines of the 14-minute standing ovation.
Before you say which you liked better, did you read the book or listen to the audiobook… because it matters.
Julie: Read on Kindle
Claire: Audiobook narrated by Jayne Atkinson
Overall Opinion of the Book
Julie: Graphic. Disturbing at times. Definitely not for everyone. Ultimately, I couldn’t finish it. I want to finish it – cause I ain’t no quitter – and I probably will eventually. I’m about 75% done right now. I had to take multiple breaks from reading it while reading it.
Claire: I enjoyed it. Maybe this is a genre I like. I read another biographical fiction a couple of years ago on Princess Margaret and loved it. Anyways, I can’t say I loved this book, but I did enjoy it. Probably the hardest part of this book for me was keeping in mind that it is a biographical fiction, and some of these things might not have actually happened to this very real person.
Overall Opinion of the Movie
Julie: Obvi with a book over 700 pages they had to leave a lot out… even if the movie is almost 3 hours. I had to watch it for over two nights. It was… a lot. I could see the movie feeling odd if you hadn’t read the book and didn’t have a feel for how it was like little snippets of time and places.
Claire: I was just left thinking “wow” when it was over. Like not like “this was the best movie ever wow” but more of a “what did I just watch wow” I did think it was good, but some of the scenes and camera angles definitely threw me off.
Which was better?
Julie: The Book
Claire: The Book
- Was the outcome the same in both the show and the book? Yes
- Was the main character/primary narrator the same in the show and the book? Yes
- Was the primary conflict the same in the show and the book? Yes
- Would you read the book again or recommend it to a friend? Yes
- Would you watch the show/movie again or recommend it to a friend? Claire – Yes, Julie – No
Overall rating: Claire – 5/5, Julie 4/5