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HILN on DVD

That’s shorthand for How I Live Now, and I trust you can tell it’s available on DVD.

After racing to see who would get their hands on one first, I won and Daughter came second. But it was still her copy we watched last week, when we needed something to take her mind off something else. HILN was just the thing.

She had not seen it before, as her local cinema never showed the film. Which I think was a mistake. St Andrews is a young town, and this is a young film. Not for small children, and adults might not know about it, so would be less interested.

Being the kind of person who remembers details, Daughter was able to analyse the film more than I could. She felt the changes were mostly OK, although some unnecessary, like the use of the gun. With hindsight I agree.

The squishing together of several characters into a smaller number of people is probably unavoidable, but it does change the plot rather.

But it was just the right film to watch last week. Good timing with the DVD. Americans were able to pay to view it on demand, almost immediately after it opened in cinemas. I see no reason why we should have been discriminated against in Britain. After all, it is a British film.

How I Live Now

How I Have Longed to be able to write that on here! Finally! My favourite book by my favourite author hits the big screen. And what a film! As I can’t be someone who has both read the book and not, I have no means of knowing if the bare and slightly changed bones of How I Live Now will be likely to confuse anyone coming fresh to the film.

I don’t think it should be a problem. People will simply see a really good film. A frightening film, and considerably darker than the book, Meg Rosoff was right to warn people not to take their under 14s to see it.

How I Live Now - film

Having already come to the conclusion that Saoirse Ronan looks just like Daisy should (which in itself is amazing), I was further gratified to see that the house looks exactly as I had imagined it, and the country lanes were the very lanes I’d walked along in the book. This hardly ever happens in films. Gradually you might get used to actors and settings, but for them to be right from the start is almost unheard of.

The cynical and jaded American teenager Daisy comes to England to visit her unknown cousins, but before you know how it happened, their countryside idyll has been ruined by war breaking out. Daisy and her young cousin Piper are separated from the two boys, Isaac and Edmond, and taken somewhere to help with the war effort. Daisy’s only thought is to escape and get back to the house where she fell in love with Edmond.

She and Piper make the agonisingly long walk back (but a lot easier looking in the film) to what appears to be hell. Without the novel’s New York style smart background commentary from Daisy, this is a lot bleaker.

Beautifully shot and surprisingly well adapted, How I Live Now is a great film, which hopefully will bring many new fans to Meg Rosoff’s books. Daisy with all her imperfections is a marvellous role model.

Over The Top

Over the Top blog award

I certainly am. A big thank you to Cheryl at Lake Mary Musings for awarding me an OTT blog award. She’s got great taste; she likes me, and she likes NCIS, and it seems she also likes Roger Whittaker. We’d get on fine. We met over at Sara Paretsky’s place, so that’s another love in common.

Cheryl has not issued me with any rules for this award, though, so I’m guessing I can reward it to some others in recognition of their blogging skills and for giving me pleasure and all that.

Keeping in mind that I am very bookish, really, there will have to be book blogs in this award.

I’m going for humour, so Donna and her Big Beat From Badsville has to be one.

Favourite author number one, Meg Rosoff has taken up blogging very recently and is doing it far too well for my liking.

Nicola Morgan may blog about how to get published, but it’s her GSOH that gets us non-novelists flocking in.

New author Candy Gourlay has two blogs; Notes from the Slushpile and her brand new one, which is called Candy Gourlay for some reason.

Crime writer Sara Paretsky is so very sisterly and generally lovely that she has to have an award.

A pal of Sara’s who blogs from central Stockholm is always fun for me to read. The rest of you will struggle with the language, but trust me, Annika Bryn is worth reading.

Last but not least, Declan Burke at Crime Always Pays is the token boy amongst us, but he makes up for this by being very amusing and cleverer than he thinks. And he really is Shakespeare in disguise.

Well, that’s seven lovely OTTers on eight blogs. Nice and even number.