Happy Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist premiere day to everyone!
I just wanted to take a moment to tell everyone how completely happy I am with the Nick & Norah movie. I mean, ecstatically happy. When Rachel and I first saw it in July, the lights in the screening room went up, we turned to each other, and all we could say was "Wow." And it was a very, very good "Wow." There is never any guarantee that an author will love a movie based on his or her book -- I know quite a few who don't -- but we got extremely lucky, because everyone involved in the movie -- from the producers to the screenwriter to the director to the actors -- has always understood what the book is about. And it helps that all of them are amazing at what they do.
The movie is different from the book, and I'm happy that it is. So much of the book is about what Nick & Norah are thinking, and there's no way to really convey that in a movie without a whole lot of intrusive voice over. In this way, I think the book and the movie complement each other nicely, because the movie opens up Nick & Norah's story in ways that a book never could. I am honestly pleased with every choice they made, because they all make sense within the movie. Are there parts of the book that I wish had made it to screen? Sure -- but then the movie would have been three hours long. And Nick & Norah is NOT a movie that should be three hours long. I know devoted readers will be thrown a little by the things that are different, but the wonderful thing is that Rachel and I aren't changing one sentence in the book to match the movie. The book will always be what it is. And a lot more people are going to read it now.
This is the first book I've ever let me optioned for a movie (or anything else). And from the beginning, the most important thing to me was that the movie would keep the spirit of the book. Even though some of the details have changed, I think the movie does an amazing job in staying true to the book's heart -- the tikkun olam of two people coming together, helped along by friends and strangers.
Just as I hope you love the book, I really hope you love the movie, too. It's been a wonderment to be a part of it.