Young adult books getting movie adaptations are nothing new to us. But that doesn't mean it leaves no room for interest, especially if the chosen story is something that left us shedding tears and tugged our heartstrings. Just look at Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being A Wallflower and John Green's The Fault In Our Stars and Paper Towns, which both topped the charts for books and movies. And now, we have our latest addition to this genre in Rainbow Rowell's 2013 hit Eleanor & Park.
As soon as it was announced that the movie rights to the global bestseller were bought by Picturestart and Plan B, it caused immediate buzz and excitement. After all, its story of two misfits navigating through themes of identity, family, and romance — as well as issues of racism, abuse, and bullying — definitely made it compelling to many. Unfortunately, no more details were spilt regarding the start of production date nor the projected screening. So while we let time pass, let's look at these book moments we'd definitely want to see onscreen.
Casting the right Eleanor and Park
One of the things we loved about this book is that both Eleanor and Park were not considered conventionally attractive. In fact, Eleanor's awkwardness, bushy red hair and tendency to be "a bully magnet" were just some of the things that immediately caught Park's attention. They were misfits; they didn't care and it felt effortless to feel what it was like to be in their shoes. Even the book's most quoted line comparing Eleanor to art tells us that the foundation of these two characters' relationship focuses on things beyond physical beauty.
This is why we're looking forward to how the movie will cast its two leads. Eleanor & Park is one of those source materials that have the tendency to fall into Hollywood's 'adaptational attractiveness' trope. This refers to characters who are made 'too pretty' or 'too handsome' as compared to their original counterparts. How Eleanor and Park would look and act play a huge role in how people will be able to connect with the film. So we can only hope that Hollywood won't do us dirty on this one.
Their highs-and-lows in the bus
It's typical for young adult stories to deliver some type of unrealistic meet-cute moments (we're looking at you, John Green). But Eleanor and Park's meeting is so mundane so we can't wait how the movie will play it out. The bus started out as alien territory to both characters in the beginning since they were objects of either isolation or bullying. But their interactions in the bus built the start of their relationship even before words were spoken, even making it a temporary sanctuary. Because of this, it will definitely be interesting to see how the nuances of the characters' actions will translate onscreen even without the use of bold movements or spoken dialogue. After all, the book characters don't even have a decent conversation until Chapter 10.