Books & Films: Stuck in Love

No, this is not a film adapted from a book. But Stuck in Love (2012) is a story about writers. The tagline actually says that it’s A story of first loves and second chances. Hehe! But the main characters here are writers. Plus Raymond Carver and Stephen King!

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“Every life needs a rewrite.”

Stuck in Love is a 2012 American independent romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Josh Boone. The film stars Greg Kinnear (The Last Song), Jennifer Connelly (Requiem for a Dream), Lily Collins (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones), Logan Lerman (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars) and Liana Liberato (If I Stay). See what I did there? I just need to mention those books adapted to films. Haha!

There are three writers in this film. Meet the Borgens! There’s the father (Kinnear) who is a successful novelist, the daughter (Collins) who is publishing her first novel, and the son (Wolff) who is an aspiring fantasy writer. This is even originally titled as “Writers” when it premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

But let’s talk about the other two writers mentioned in this film.

1. Raymond Carver

I have read What We Talk About When We Talk About Love early this year. It was our book club’s book of the month last February. I was glad I read it before I saw this film. Let’s quote Bill Borgens (Kinnear) quoting Raymond Carver:

“My favorite book is a collection of short stories by Raymond Carver, called What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. And in the closing lines of the title book, Carver says:

I could hear my heart beating. I could hear everyone’s heart. I could hear the human noise we sat there making, not one of us moved, not even when the room went dark.

And I think that that’s what writing is, it’s listening for that beating heart. And when we hear it, it’s our job to decipher it, to the best of our abilities.”

This is the scene where Bill was asked to talk during the launch of Samantha’s (Collins) book. He was requested by the professor to say a few words about the process of writing. Do you agree with Bill’s thoughts?

2. Stephen King

Stephen King is the favorite author of Josh Boone, and Rusty Borgens (Wolff) too. Rusty raved about his favorite book, It, in the film. While Louis (Lerman) mentioned that The Stand is his favorite.

Then let’s quote Rusty talking to Stephen King (Yes, cameo!):

“It’s kind of like what you said in the opening of The Body.”

The most important things are the hardest to say.

I have been hearing the name of Stephen King since, uh, grade school? But I haven’t read any of his books. Maybe his style and genre are not my thing. Well, I thought I said I am willing to read anything? Maybe other books are just more appealing to me. Maybe I’m just scared, because horror and suspense. But how do I know if I didn’t try? So after watching this movie, I added two Stephen King books in my “to-read” list. I added It (because it’s recommended by Rusty) and Pet Sematary (recommended by a friend from the office). What about you? What Stephen King books have you read? Any recommendations?

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16 thoughts on “Books & Films: Stuck in Love

  1. I like the way the movie stretched in a span of one year, and a myriad of things happened to this family of writers. The whole family reads, even when they’re apart, you just know that they are one big family of bookworms heeee. 😀

  2. I have not read the book yet, but I have watched “It” too. That movie just ruined my childhood about clowns. To this age, I am still afraid of ’em. :p

  3. Had they stuck with the title “Writers”, it probably won’t sell as much in the box office. At andito pala si Logan Lerman! Eeek! Hahaha.

    As for Stephen King, I too am hesitant to read his books because the IT movie adaptation gave me nightmares as a kid, and because anything horror in general gives me nightmares. 🙂

    There’s Stephen King’s The Shining, which is very prominent sa pop culture. They make references to it and make parodies of it. Also, yung Carrie, they recently made an adaptation with Chloe Grace Moretz as the lead. 🙂

  4. Nice little piece on the movie 🙂 have you read Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary, the favorite book of Louis and Samantha in the movie?

    1. Hi, Alex! I haven’t read it yet. Have you? Would you recommend it? 🙂 (Maybe I should have included that in this list. Hehe!) By the way, thanks for leaving a comment. I appreciate it.

  5. This is my favorite movie right now. By a long shot. I love the character arc that every character in the movie goes through, especially Samantha. And what great dialogue between these smart writers! Three love stories in one beautiful movie. And I have not even mentioned the great sound track that goes with this movie. Go watch this movie.

    1. Of course, I already watched this. 🙂 I’m glad you liked it too. I don’t remember the soundtrack though. Maybe I have to google them so that I’ll recall. Hehe.

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