Questions About The Silver Linings Playbook
Answered Questions (8)
Erika I must be the only person who did not like the book. At all. Yes, Pat's psychosis are easier to understand in the book as it is all basically his…moreI must be the only person who did not like the book. At all. Yes, Pat's psychosis are easier to understand in the book as it is all basically his inner monologue, but I found the other characters to have less depth than paper ... Tissue thin, colorless and boring. I expected there to be more similarities to the movie, but there really aren't any other than Pat and his obsession with Nikki. And sure, the running and character names ... But that's about it. As an avid reader I have only once or twice found a film adaptation to be better than than the original written form ... And this is one of those times. IMO.(less)
i've watched the film and tot love it But there's 1 point that i can't understand, what makes Tiffany love Pat right from the start?? is her love described more specific in the book? as i see, it's not a love at the 1st sight; in the sences, Pat's growing love is obvious showed but not Tiffany, she just devotes entirely for him and i can't understand why. please tell me how her love is in the book. Thank you.
Amber Dunten I read the book and then watched the movie the next day, and in both, my impression is that she's intrigued by him because he doesn't take her up on…moreI read the book and then watched the movie the next day, and in both, my impression is that she's intrigued by him because he doesn't take her up on her early offer of sex, which makes him not like most other men. Like everyone is telling Pat, she needs a friend, and here's this guy who likes her enough to ask her out to the diner, but apparently doesn't want to sleep with her, at least not right away. (less)
Anyone else think Pat over exaggerated his exercise routines? He doesn't have a great concept of time since he was away for 4 years and thinks it's been a few months so I wonder if the massive number of crunches, the incredible amount of miles he runs and the hours he exercises are randomly generated and actually not at all close to that.
Amy Perhaps you are not personally familiar with mental disease. I have no doubt that his routine is exactly accurate because it is his obsession. It is…morePerhaps you are not personally familiar with mental disease. I have no doubt that his routine is exactly accurate because it is his obsession. It is what he is using to get Nikki back and to keep him settled down. This is classic fixation, especially for someone who suffers either from OCD or schizophrenia. (BTW, schizo does not automatically mean split personality. MPD is a FORM of schizophrenia.) The fact that he has lost track of time is really not far off from someone who has had mental illness either. Mental illness is far from rational. The rational mind can't reconcile the thoughts of the mentally ill. They are unreasonable to the sound mind. And mental illness is super sad, destructive, debilitating, and horrific.
Your question is a good one though!(less)
Your question is a good one though!(less)
Why does Pat "write" as if he's 8 years old? He went 'to the bad place' at 30 years old. For four years, not like, six decades. Before that he taught History and was married. He's not / wasn't mentally challenged, but the writing is as if he is or became that way. Love the book, but it's oddly written.
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)[ I honestly think it is because of the head injury he received. Matthew Quick described it as being hit right above the right eyebrow, and that it…more I honestly think it is because of the head injury he received. Matthew Quick described it as being hit right above the right eyebrow, and that it pierced the skull, that sounds somewhat like a lobotomy. Since it was in his frontal lobe I wouldn't be surprised if that is why his personality and inner mind has regressed. (less) (hide spoiler)]
Unanswered Questions (5)
In the movie towards the end Pat whispers into Nikki's ear. Does the book explain what he says? It went on for a couple minutes so it must be more than a word or two. She is listening but it is not a conversation.
I loved the prose and so much about the book. One thing I didn't like was the notion that "love solves everything." Love, to me, often times can make mental illness worse. That seems so pessimistic, but I'm being honest-- the highs and lows of romance can take their toll on "regular" brains, let alone struggling ones. Anyone else have thoughts on love and mental illness?