WRITTEN BY ERIN MAHONEY

The award winning film Silver Linings Playbook was released on DVD and Blu-Ray April 30th.

Silver Linings Playbook is known as the film that won Jennifer Lawrence an Academy Award for Best Actress.

Not many people know the movie is an adaptation. It was adapted from the novel of the same name written by Matthew Quick.

As a huge fan of the film, I thought it would be a good idea to read the novel version of Silver Linings Playbook. Better later than never, of course.

Right away, fans of the film will notice that the novel is structured differently. The main character’s family name is different, some parts of the film’s plot were added, and Tiffany’s age is also changed.

Plus, a lot of the plot was changed from novel to the big screen. Granted with all these changes, the fantastic storytelling quality that was shown by the director David. O Russell.

None of these change what a great novel Silver Linings Playbook is.

The story revolves around Pat Peoples and his life while he suffers from bi-polar disorder. Pat Peoples meets his match Tiffany, a woman who suffers from her own psychological issues.

The majority of the novel focuses on Pat’s relationship with Tiffany, as well as with his family.

Matthew Quick’s writing style is something avid readers will enjoy. He is witty, his descriptions are not over the top, and he manages to create a romantic love story in a novel filled with fantastic imagery.

Silver Linings Playbook is composed of easy reading short chapters that tell the narrative.

It is easy to become immersed in the world Quick creates. We are able to visualize every single thing the main characters suffer through.

Pat attempts to regain normalcy in the life he once knew, but to no avail. While reading the novel, you end up rooting for him and wanting things to work out.

The story is one that can either tug at your heart or drive you crazy, but either way the story will stay with you.

There is a lot to appreciate in Matthew Quick’s writing. The greatest one is his ability to draw you in to Pat Peoples’ unsettling lonely world. It is worth every opportunity to become involved in seeing a positive life come for an unfortunate man.

Granted, most will compare the novel to the movie but both are separate entities. I am a fan of both novel and film. There are strengths and weaknesses for both of them. The beauty in both of them is the simple brilliance in the storytelling.

Silver Linings Playbook is a love story that is not necessarily a love story. It is a story about redemption and triumph. There is an important lesson to learn from Quick’s novel, just like the film.

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