read and fell in love with One Day by David Nicholls. It was my first five-star read of the year. Since then I've been eagerly awaiting the release of the film adaptation.
At first glance, this novel is not one that can necessarily be easily adapted. The novel covers one day in the lives of Dex and Emma over twenty years. Do you cast actors young enough to be the right age at the beginning of the film and use makeup to artificially (and ideally realistically) age them? Or do you opt for actors somewhere in the middle of the story and use makeup to make them younger and older? I'm a firm believer in finding the right actors and making it work, and I hope that's how One Day will be.
As soon as I heard David Nicholls was adapting the novel for the screen, I was relieved and excited. I love this novel, but it matters more to me to have the spirit of the novel created for the cinema than to have an especially faithful-to-the-details adaptation. The other excitement: Lone Scherfig is directing. She directed my all-time favorite film, An Education, which is also a coming of age story of sorts. For so many reasons, I'm excited for One Day to come out on August 19.
Congratulations to Melody and Wendy, the big winners! It includes an autographed (by David Nicholls!) copy of One Day (with the movie tie-in cover), a clear cosmetic case, a necklace, and a One Day moleskin notebook. Amazing, right?
If you've already read the book, there's a wonderful novel featurette (warning, if you haven't read the book, there are *lots* of spoilers.)
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