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Confessions of a Shopaholic

March 1, 2009

confessions-of-a-shopaholic-movie-poster-2I read Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella when the book first came out, and really enjoyed it.  It’s a light, fluffy read, but sometimes you just need something like that.  I’m sure most people know it’s the story of Rebecca Bloomwood, a young woman in credit card debt (because of her shopping addiction) who gets a job at a financial magazine, and ends up meeting the man of her dreams.

I went to see the movie and I do not recommend it to fans of the book.  In the book, Becky would rationalize a purchase with thoughts like, “This will give me more confidence, so I’ll have a better chance of getting the job,” and it worked for me.   I could relate to that.  In the movie, the mannequins convinced her to buy items.  One of the other things that bothered me about the movie was that Becky joins “Shopaholics Anonymous” to help her overcome her addictions.  It was just a little too over the top.

Have you seen the movie?  What did you think?

22 Comments leave one →
  1. March 1, 2009 7:54 am

    Loved the first few books in this series, but I have no desire to see the movie. I’m so glad you warned me b/c some of my friends loved it. I’m usually disappointed with movie versions.

  2. March 1, 2009 7:54 am

    I almost always like the book better than the movie. Thanks for the review.

  3. March 1, 2009 8:13 am

    Thank you for the heads-up on the movie. I have found the books to be so much fun and I don’t want to ruin those memories.

  4. March 1, 2009 8:47 am

    I’ve never read those books, but I was afraid of something like that with this movie. I was interested in this movie until I figured out that it wasn’t Amy Adams in the lead role…

    I’m going to see Slumdog Millionaire today – finally!

  5. March 1, 2009 9:38 am

    I think this series is a lot of fun but I don’t particularly want to see the movie. Thanks for the heads up! The first one I read in the series was Shopaholic and Sister, I was laughing so hard my face hurt. Wonderful brain candy ! and yes, sometimes you do just need a light fluffy read.

  6. stacybuckeye permalink
    March 1, 2009 11:16 am

    I have the book right here waiting to be read! Maybe I should see the movie first, if at all?

  7. March 1, 2009 11:27 am

    I saw the movie, and my biggest peeve was that they got Isla Fisher to star as Becky, and yet they made her into an American and set it in Manhattan! I didn’t like the mannequin thing, either, and I thought it was funny that they never got into Tarkie and Suz’s relationship (the fact that they’re [second?] cousins probably wouldn’t have gone over too well, I guess). It was an okay movie, just different from the book. My friends who hadn’t read the series loved it. 🙂

  8. March 1, 2009 1:14 pm

    Haven’t seen the movie but I think Isla Fisher is great. I read one of the books in the series, but not the first one. I read the wedding one (shortly before my wedding I read a bunch of wedding fiction, ha!).

  9. March 1, 2009 3:09 pm

    I might watch this when it’s on DVD. I love the book with all of my heart. 🙂

  10. March 1, 2009 6:41 pm

    I’m planning on seeing the movie, but I think it’ll end up driving me crazy.

  11. March 1, 2009 6:48 pm

    This is one of those books that I’ve really wanted to read, but never picked up – the movie looks cute! Maybe I should see the movie first and then read the book so I can have the best of both worlds!

    🙂 Wendi

  12. March 1, 2009 7:37 pm

    I saw the movie last night because a bunch of girlfriends wanted to see it and I had been couped up with toddlers all day. That said, it was pretty fluffy. I think I enjoyed Derek Smeath, the debt collector the most. He was the most realistic character. 🙂

  13. March 1, 2009 11:15 pm

    I liked the first Shopaholic but I wasn’t crazy about the others. I’m not too sure what to think of the movie so I still haven’t seen it.

  14. March 3, 2009 5:01 pm

    I probably will see the movie once it’s out on DVD. I just can’t help myself. I enjoyed the books in the series that I’ve read so far, although they all are a little over the top for me. And Becky tends to get on my nerves because she never really learns from her mistakes–not enough to make a difference. I’ve only read the first three books though so maybe she does change . . .

  15. March 4, 2009 7:46 am

    Thanks for the warning! I read all the books in the series and loved them. I noticed in the previews that the movie didn’t seem like the book at all. I’ll probably still see it at some point, but at least I’ll watch it knowing that it’s not going to be the Becky I know and love.

  16. March 4, 2009 7:37 pm

    bummer, I was hoping this was a good one to watch with the girls. I could see how what you are saying could be really annoying though. Thanks so much for the warning!

  17. March 4, 2009 7:46 pm

    I’ve read the first three books in the series. From what you’ve said, I’m not sure I’d like the movie. But I loved the books and the fourth one is sitting on the shelves calling my name.

  18. March 4, 2009 7:56 pm

    Hmm…that’s a good warning for me. Thanks for the honest review.

  19. March 6, 2009 5:48 pm

    I saw the movie and thought it was fun. I went it thinking that it wouldn’t be close to the book, so I think that helped.

    I think what really helped is that in the beginning I happened to notice that it said the movie was based on the first 2 books, so that helped me understand why the setting was totally different.

    Lots of differences from the book, but as a stand-alone movie, I thought it was fun.

  20. daysofarabianlives permalink
    March 17, 2009 11:30 pm

    I saw the movie last night with the girls. Like you, I had read the book when it first came out (and have read all the other books in the series) – 1 of the other girls had read the book also while the other hadn’t. I didn’t mind the movie but it was SO different to the book. There is a finicky part of me that is a little frustrated at the differences between book & movie but another that just shrugs my shoulders and thinks ‘oh well’. It was good girly flick… but I would strongly recommend people read the book as it’s a WHOLE lot BETTER!

  21. February 25, 2011 10:12 am

    The books was sooo interesting..!!! It feels so real and it gives me an ideal how to gain more income actually when she said yours clothes or shopping material can be your assets too..!!! Anyway the movie was that good because it doesn’t feel real..!!!

  22. mohit permalink
    April 13, 2011 9:45 am

    Must be an enjoyable read Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. loved the way you wrote it. I find your review very genuine and orignal, this book is going in by “to read” list.

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