Some books elicit feelings of ownership from readers, transforming bookworms into guardians of their best-loved characters. Such is the case with One Day's Emma Morley, a scrappy Yorkshire lass with heartbreak and triumph enough to bring every reader on side.
So more than a few eyebrows were raised when producers cast bright, shiny Anne Hathaway
to play Emma in the big-screen adaptation. Isnt she too pretty? Wheres the sarcasm? And what about that accent?
Author David Nicholls, for one, has every confidence in Hathaways abilities.
I remember a similar scepticism when Renée Zellweger
was cast as Bridget Jones. I think people think of Anne in The Devil Wears Prada
and The Princess Diaries
and those lighter roles, but shes a terrific dramatic actress as well, he told us at the opening of W Londons author-curated library last night (theyre calling it the (W)riters Library at W London
Also, she was always incredibly passionate about the book and the script. Her involvement was key to the movie getting made, and she really gave it her all. It isnt a big, smiley Hollywood performance. Shes sensitive and subtle and she has all the insecurities of that character. I hope people will keep an open mind, because shes great in it.
Nicholls, the individual with the greatest claim to knowing Emma (so, maybe the rest of you should back down, hmm?), said the same emotional richness that undergirds the books success carries into the film. I was encouraged by the determination to be as faithful to the book as possible.... Theres a lot in the book