Is Something Borrowed Actually Something Borrowed From Emily Giffin’s Fans?

By Amanda Bala

Movie goers were treated to the opening of Something Borrowed this past weekend, a romantic comedy based on Emily Giffin’s best selling novel of the same title.  The story takes us through the main character, Rachel’s (portrayed by Ginnifer Goodwin) journey of self discovery.  Always taking back seat to her flamboyant and often clueless best friend, Darcy (played by Kate Hudson), Rachel does the unthinkable when she sleeps with Darcy’s fiancé of the eve of her surprise 30th birthday party.  The story then takes us through the twists and turns of Dex (played by the gorgeous Colin Egglesfield) and Rachel’s affair and subsequent falling for one another.  As they battle their feelings of love as well as their guilt over the pain they may cause their family and Darcy, we find ourselves hoping for a happy ending. 

As a huge fan of Emily Giffin’s books, I was so excited to see the movie adaptation of Something Borrowed. For the most part, I was not disappointed.  I thought that the movie conveyed the deep emotion that Giffin puts into her work as well as the complicated relationships of the characters.  I especially liked John Krasinski as Ethan, Rachel’s long time best male friend and confidant.  The comedic element he added to the film was wonderful. 

However, despite my enthusiasm, the film critics were overall pretty ruthless.  Most did not have much good to say for the movie.  So, how is it that the film grossed close to 14 million opening weekend as well as surpassing expectations this past week and pulling millions more?  The answer is simple; the loyal following that Emily herself has created.  On Facebook, Emily has over 65,000 fans.  She also has nearly 13,000 followers on Twitter.  The general consensus of all is that the movie was fantastic and will be seen over and over again.

This is exactly what needs to happen in order for the sequel, Something Blue, to be made.  In this story, we watch Darcy’s coming of age and transformation.  Fans of Giffin want to see the movie made.  I want to see the movie made.  And I think I speak for all of her fans when I say that even if I have to see the Something Borrowed again and again, I will do it to be sure that Something Blue happens!  And, considering that I really liked the movie, that won’t be too hard!

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