I know I am about half a year too late but I finally read One Day. I read it in two days and I really liked the way each paragraph was a snippet of a year, it made it a lot easier to get hooked to see what would happen next. One of my favourite things about reading the book was that although I knew who had been cast as the parts I was still able to form my own mental images of the characters. I found the book interesting pretty much right up until Emma died (& again I felt I knew something bad was going to happen, glanced to the next page and spoiled it for myself). I think the whole book was building up to them getting together so once she died I guess there wasn’t much to keep you hooked anymore. I found the ending did drag a bit but the chapters from the first year slotted in did have a nice effect. Her death and the impact on the characters didn’t affect me as much as I thought it would, in fact I would have preferred more of an emotional upheaval. If anything it made me a bit more upset bearing in mind my own life and relationships rather than the ones in the book, although I guess that may be considered the sign of a great book. In terms of an ending I felt it could have been a bit more hard hitting but as endings go it wasn’t terrible.
Now, I watched the film this morning, and surprise surprise Anne Hathaway’s accent was atrocious as rumoured. It made me angry because there are plenty of great British actresses who would have done just fine, her accent just made it cringey and uncomfortable a lot of the time. I was also disappointed by the casting of Sylvie, but I’m always unhappy with casting in movies based on books. I’m glad they stuck to the book the way they did, although they could have done with a change in dialogue at times as the jokes from the book don’t translate well, especially when in Anne’s terrible British accent. I also think it would have been nice to see some scenes in some of the more exotic places Dexter (&Emma) go in the book but I guess they don’t have the budget for it.
All in all I like the book, the film not so much (as per) and I’m assuming no one is actually reading this so the end.