If you haven't already read it, I implore you to do so. The Book Thief is one of my all time favourite books. Markus Zusak's beautifully written tale stays with you long after you've turned the final page: so much so that my best friend's sister named her baby boy Hans, after the heroic Hans Hubermann. 

My boyfriend surprised me with preview tickets to see the film last night and it was just wonderful: I saw and sobbed; although not as much as when I first read the tale of Liesel. Zusak commented today (via his fb page) that he sees the novel and film as two completely different things, comparing them to brothers. I agree. The subject of the book is very heavy: narrated by Death and following Liesel's journey through WWII and the solace she finds through learning to read, reading and sharing tales with others.

Whilst I loved the film with it's almost Harry Potter-esque style and near perfect casting: Sophie NĂ©lisse and Nico Liersch as Liesel and Rudi are such a beautiful pairing: if you don't cry when they finally kiss I'd be v.suprised. Roger Allam narrating as Death just didn't work for me. As one of the main and most interesting elements of the novel it was something that wasn't capitalised upon anywhere as near as effectually as it could have been by the director. Excluding the prologue and epilogue there was, from my memory, only one interjection of narration during the film. Resulting in the narrative being quite a redundant feature, leaving viewers who've not read the novel, such as my boy, confused as to why Death is so interested in Liesel? 

Although I really loved the film, I'd recommend reading the book first and then seeing it at the cinema. As with every story that's adapted to the screen the element's that are most cherished never seem to transpire as well as you wished. 

It's released in UK cinema's from 24th February, book here.

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