The Duff

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In most romantic movies it is usually seen as “the guy gets the girl.” Why can’t be it be seen as “the girl gets the guy?”

Tonight I got to see The Duff, the movie. Earlier this week I read The Duff, the book. While the chunk of the story is quite different, for the first time I can say I enjoyed the movie better than the book. Still I recommend both. And here’s why. Both the book and the movie present very interesting perspectives on this whole relationship thing. (Spoiler’s ahead) In the movie, Bianca and Wesley become friends by helping each other out and end up in a relationship because of it. In the book, Bianca and Wesley start sleeping together because it suits them both. They each are allowed to temporarily escape their problems by being with each other. And even though they deny it at first, they do end up together in a relationship. Now, I like the movie better because it triggers the idea that relationships work better when they start as friendships. I think back over my own relationships and this is true, even if those relationships don’t work in the end. The book on the other hand shows you how relationships can accidentally happen when you intend one thing and find another. What I mean is, Bianca and Wesley only intend to use each other (mutually of course), but soon enough they discover they have actual feelings for one another. And in both, it freaks them both out. Even Toby is made to look completely different in each version. In one, he’s sweet and kind and in the other, he’s kind of a tool. However, the message in the book and the movie is the same – hope. It gives single girls like me who haven’t had the best outcomes in relationships, hope. And that, my friends, is why I see it as “the girl gets the guy.” Because sometimes we all need a little hope, which is exactly what every kind of romantic novel gives us. Not unrealistic men, but hope.

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