Movies: It Just Happens (Love, Rosie) captured readers’ attention when it was released in the early 2000s. About 10 years later, its screen adaptation hit theaters, featuring Sam Claflin and Lily Collins in the lead roles. By representing the characters of Irish writer Cecelia Ahern, the film addresses very interesting issues that involve the audience.
The narrative follows Alex and Rosie’s journey from childhood, when they are inseparable friends, to adulthood. The story unfolds gradually, showing all the conflicts and challenges faced by both of them at different stages of life.
If you liked It Just Happens, check out other novels that have been turned into hit movies. Enjoy.
1. How I Was Before You
Claflin is also cast in the adaptation of Jojo Moyes’ novel How I Was Before You, which was directed by filmmaker and playwright Thea Sharrock. Emilia Clarke, famous for playing Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, becomes the dedicated Louisa, who takes care of Will Traynor, a paralyzed and embittered young man.
The two fall in love, despite all the family problems they face. It is certainly a production that will thrill viewers with all its deep and delicate sequences.
2. Lovely Women
Several adaptations were made based on the novel Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott, published in 1868. The most recent, directed by Greta Gerwig in 2019, competed for an Oscar in some categories.
The narrative develops from the relationship of four sisters (played by Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh and Eliza Scanlen) who have to deal with some personal unforeseen events, in addition to unexpected and extremely strong romances. The cast includes Laura Dern, Timothee Chalamet, Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper.
3. With Love, Simon
There is a good story focused on an LGBTQI+ protagonist. Despite some controversies linked to the community in which the production belongs, Com Amor, Simon is an interesting romantic comedy with eye-catching nuances for no fan of the genre to fault.
In the plot, young Simon (Nick Robinson), 17, hides from everyone, including his friends, that he is gay. And things get complicated when he falls in love with a guy he exchanges confidences with via email. Obviously, a lot of conflicts are generated around his “coming out of the closet”, as well as the fear he feels about being, publicly, just who he is.
4. Cinderella Pop
In Brazilian cinema there are also adaptations of famous books that won over readers. In addition to classics like Dona Flor and her Dois Maridos, contemporary books like Cinderela Pop, by Paula Pimenta, gained very interesting versions. In the main role, Maísa Silva shows that she is an actress in constant evolution.
Reimagining the widely known story of Cinderella, viewers follow the saga of Cintia Dorella and everything that happens when she has to live with a real shrew (played by Fernanda Paes Leme). With the dream of being a DJ of great prestige, she falls in love with the young Freddy Prince (Filipe Bragança).
5. By Amazing Places
To close the list, we could not fail to mention another young adult novel, which deals with very pertinent themes in contemporary times and left all fans of writer Jennifer Niven interested. By Incredible Places features a pair of teenagers (played by Elle Fanning and Justice Smith) trying to deal with very deep personal issues.
To overcome all internal challenges, they strengthen each other by embarking on an aimless journey through the state of Indiana, in the United States. Gradually, confidences are exchanged and discoveries of each one’s stormy routine are exposed. The movie is available on Netflix.