Book to Movie: Where’d You Go Bernadette?

First…the book. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple is a fantastic and fun read. I enjoyed this book immensely. It’s an epistolary novel written from the perspective of Bernadette’s daughter, Bee. We see Bernadette through Bee’s eyes, and she is a wonderfully brilliant and eccentric woman who owns up to her short comings and stands up to the antagonists with grace and cleverness. Quite honestly Semple had me at the first page:

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I was hooked and thrilled that it had the makings for a good, lighthearted read, and it did not disappoint! Semple wove a tale of highs and lows, struggles and triumphs indicative of the idle middle class. I could see something like this happening in Anywhere, USA. If you’re looking for a good read with great humor and a lighthearted air–then this is a great book to dive into. I highly recommend it.

Fast-forward six years later and our charming Bernadette hit the silver screen. It was definitely much anticipated by me. So much so, the book became the first movie adaptation read for a book club I run. The movie adaptation of Semple’s novel debuted in August 2019. The casting line up was terrific. Kate Blanchett as Bernadette, Billy Crudup as Bernadette’s husband Elgie, Emma Nelson as Bee, and a supporting cast with big names like Laurence Fishburne, Judy Greer, Megan Mullally, and Kristen Wiig.

The results are in and the movie didn’t fair so well with box office critics. Rotten Tomatoes gave it 46% on the tomatometer, and the audience score was 74% and Roger Ebert gave it 1.5 out of 4. However, 79% of Google users liked the movie and I have to agree with the Google users. It was fun, the cast played their roles exceptionally well, and while there were noticeable differences between the book and the movie, they were able to keep with the spirit of the novel. I will most likely watch the movie again when it becomes available.


Ainsley’s Bookish Recommendations

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Here is a list of authors, books I adore, and their genre…in no particular order — because I love them all equally.

Included in this list are stand alone’s, trilogies, and series. If I love a trilogy or series, I will only list the first book and the name of the trilogy/series.

Check back frequently because I will be adding to the list.

1. Kendra Elliot – A Merciful Death (The Mercy Kilpatrick Series) – Thriller
2. Christine Feehan – Dark Prince (The Dark Series) – Paranormal Romance
3. Dean Koontz – Lightning – Thriller
4. Karen Slaughter – The Good Daughter – Thriller
5. Alessandra Torre – The Ghostwriter – Thriller
6. Nora Roberts – Dark Witch (The Cousin’s O’Dwyer Trilogy – Paranormal Romance
7. Dean Koontz – By the Light of the Moon – Thriller
8. Sarah Addison Allen – Garden Spells (Waverley Family Series) – Romance
9. Alice Hoffman – The Rules of Magic (Practical Magic Series) – Romance
10. Jane Austen – Pride & Prejudice – Romance
11. Sarah Gruen – Water for Elephants – Literary Fiction
12. Maria Semple – Where’d You Go Bernadette? – Women’s Fiction
13. Kay Hooper – Stealing Shadows (Shadows Series) – Paranormal Romantic Thriller
14. Gwendolyn Womak – The Fortune Teller – Historical Mystery, Romantic Suspense
15. Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games (Trilogy) – Dystopian Fiction, Action Adventure
16. Mary Ann Shafter – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Peel Society – Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction
17. Agatha Christie – Murder on the Orient Express – Crime & Mystery, Historical Fiction
18. Karen Marie Moning – Darkfever (Fever Series) – Paranormal Romance
19. Karen Marie Moning – Beyone the Highland Mist (Highlander Series) – Historical & Paranormal Romance
20. Eliza Knight – Conquered by the Highlander (Conquered Bride Series) – Historical Romance
21. Nicholas Sparks – The Notebook – Women’s Fiction, Romance
22. J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter Series) – Action Adventure, Fantasy, Teen & YA
23. Sara Gruen – Water for Elephants – Historical Romance, Literary Fiction, Coming of Age, Women’s Fiction
24. Kathryn Stockett – The Help – Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Women’s Fiction
25. Ray Bradbury – Dandelion Wine (Green Town Series) – Action Adventure, Classics, Coming of Age, Literary Fiction
26. Kella McKinnon – The Magic of Highland Dragons (Clan MacCoinnach Trilogy) – Historical & Paranormal Romance
27. Richelle Mead – Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy Series) – Romance, Horror, Teen & YA
28. Diana Gabaldon – Outlander (Outlander Series) – Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Time Travel Romance
29. Amanda McIntyre – The Master & the Muses – Erotic Romance, Historical Romance
30. Mark Tompkins – The Last Days of Magic – Fantasy, Historical Mysteries, Horror, Thriller
31. Eliza Knight – The Highlander’s Reward (Stolen Bride Series) – Historical Romance


My Blog

Hello and Welcome to my blog. I love books. I love collecting them, reading them, reviewing them, and writing them. So you will find book reviews and other types of bookish things that feed the bibliophile in me.

Here you’ll find bookish news and opinions about the Paranormal Romance and Thriller genres, upcoming authors, pioneers in the genre, and everything in between. Past, present and future book to movie adaptations. Also, any other bookish tidbits I might fancy.

You’ll also find my published short stories through Coffee House Writers.

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