It’s our monthly B2S Book Club, where we discuss a recent film adaptation and the book it’s based on! The club is run with fellow blogger Tom Out.
The book/film pick for September will be Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (2014, Anchor). We will meet at the Southbank Centre by the Central Bar on September 25th at 7pm.
For those not in London please feel free to discuss the book/film below and we will post a recording of the group to post!
When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor.
On Nick’s arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers.
It stars Constance Wu as Rachel Chu, Henry Golding as Nick Young and Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina, Kim Jeong, and Gemma Chan.
It was adapted by Peter Chiarelli (The Proposal) and Adele Lim (Life Unexpected, Lethal Weapon). It is directed by John M. Chu, who previously directed Now You See Me 2, Jem and the Holograms, and G.I. Joe: Retaliation. The film is produced by Color Force, SK Global, and Warner Bros.
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Last month we discussed Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth. As usual, we came away with a lot of opposing views over the film and text. Though we found the book, a fascinating story, there were problems with how dry the story was written, and certain bits that seem inflated. The film very poignant and entertaining, we were across the board on whether we actually liked it as a film.