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Penelope by Marilyn Kaye
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Aug 19, 11

it was ok
bookshelves: contemporary, fantasy, movie-adaptation
Recommended for: People who have seen the film, Anyone who loves a modern fairytale
Read on August 19, 2011 — I own a copy

Not a very faithful retelling of the film (which I adore), but does expand on some details not established in the movie. In fact, the book gives a rather drastically altered sequence of events, apparently adapted from the original script. A lot of the aesthetic is lost, and the characters are different and less vibrant. Also, the dialogue is forced and only a few lines resonate from the original motion picture. It's a very quick read, with a sweet message, and a gentle humour. The writing is a little bland, and nothing other than Penelope's appearance is ever distinguished or described, but if you've watched the movie and you're looking for a feel good modern fairytale it's worth a pick-up.

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