Kristin's Reviews > I'll Have What She's Having: How Nora Ephron's Three Iconic Films Saved the Romantic Comedy

I'll Have What She's Having by Erin Carlson
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I loved this book! I expected to like it...I'm one of those people who loves watching special features on a DVD and hearing behind the scenes stories about my favorite movies. You've Got Mail is one of my favorite movies ever, one that I can rewatch a hundred times and never get tired of it. I also really enjoy Sleepless in Seattle a lot. (I've only seen When Harry Met Sally once and don't remember too much, but I'm now planning on watching it again soon.) So obviously this book would appeal to me, but I didn't expect to love it as much as I did.

First of all, it's not exactly a scholarly study of romcoms, if that's what the title leads you to believe. There are a few passing references to other ones and certain directors and such, and how modern romcoms have and haven't changed from the 1930s and 40s. But mostly it's a tribute (an honest, non-glossy one) to Nora Ephron and the stories of the making of her three most loved movies.

I loved reading all about these movies! I learned so much, and I kept reading out random facts to my husband. (Like, I never knew that her parents were a screenwriting team during Hollywood's Golden Age.) There was so much of interest here. At the very beginning, the writing jumped around a bit and I found it confusing, but then things settled into a mostly chronological order and it was easy to follow. The writing style was clear and descriptive enough to suit this sort of book.

So yes, I highly recommend this book if you're a fan of these three movies. Just keep a notepad handy, because if you're like me, you'll be making a list of movies you want to watch or rewatch while reading this. And I also want to read some of Nora Ephron's works now!

(Really my only complaints are that there wasn't more information about Julie and Julia, because I really love that movie too, and the smattering of f-words in quotes from different people.)

Note: I received this book for free from the publisher, and this is my honest review.
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May 29, 2018 – Shelved
May 29, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
July 4, 2018 – Started Reading
July 4, 2018 – Shelved as: books-i-own
July 9, 2018 – Finished Reading

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