Book vs. Movie: The Old Guard

Hello book nerds!

Oh my. It’s been a while since I posted my first book vs. movie post! Well, in my defense, the last couple of months has been a whirlwind. But I’m here now, taking a break from rigorous reading, and finally writing this blog post!

Let me begin by saying this entry is a very special one. It’s special because I LOVED the movie. By “loved” I mean, “I got too invested and watched it more than five times AND I still think about it until now.” Yep. That’s exactly what I mean. And if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you would know I’m not joking. (Because I’m really not, I swear this movie got me HOOKED.)


Our subject is The Old Guard. The graphic novel is written by Greg Rucka and illustrated by Leandro Fernández, while the Netflix adaptation is directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and stars Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

You might have heard of this already. It was a hit (and received many praises) when it was released this July 2020 on Netflix! I went in and watched the movie without knowing a lot about it, and then I came back a different person. I mean? Queer immortal warriors?? With found family trope, great action scenes, poignant themes, and a fun soundtrack?!? HELL YES. It’s everything I never knew I needed. I also adored it so much that I listed down seven reasons why you should watch The Old Guard. (Loved writing this one!) I also loved it so much that I hosted Netflix parties to watch it with some friends over at bookstagram! (That was really fun!)

Anyway, after partially getting over the movie (I say partially because I’m pretty sure will never get over it), I read the graphic novel! And of course, I just had to compare the two afterwards.

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Book vs. Movie: A Simple Favor

Hey book nerds! Today, I’m here for something a little different from my usual book reviews and interviews. Today, I’m going to compare a book and its movie adaptation! This isn’t going to be a deep analysis or a legit movie review, just a simple book and movie comparison by your resident bookworm. (I don’t know yet if this is going to be a regular part of my blog, but I just wanted to give it a try! Let me know what you think after you read this post!)

Anyway, let’s get on with it!

x300-1Our subject is A Simple Favor. The novel was written by Darcey Bell, and the movie (starring Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively) was directed by Paul Feig.

I recently listened to the audiobook (part of my Immersing Myself in Audiobooks commitment), because I remember liking the movie and I wanted to know how the book is. And oh boy, was I enlightened. Though the movie follows the same premise, it’s also quite different from the book. There are several differences and the way the story was told varied from the book as well.

So? Are y’all ready to do this?


Before anything else, here is the synopsis of A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell and the trailer for A Simple Favor (2018). Come back here when you’ve read and watched these!

Alright, are you guys done? Great, let’s go!

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