I’m back! Thanks for waiting over the weekend!
During the relaxing moments between watching movies and eating tasty food, I finished reading Confessions of a Shopaholic, also known as The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. I read the kindle eBook via the OverDrive Media Console app.
After my experience with The Lovely Bones, this book gave me a good boost. It was fun, lighthearted, and easy-to-read. Better yet, the characters were adorable.
It Feels Like a Modern Fairy Tale
Financially struggling Rebecca Bloomwood has one problem after another. No matter her best intentions to cut her spending, her addiction to “treating herself” after every negative experience leads her deeper and deeper into debt. Of course, unlike many other fairy tales, Rebecca’s current situation is entirely her own (un)doing, which also means changing her fate is left to her own efforts.
While Rebecca makes praiseworthy efforts to pull her life together, the fairy tale aspect comes from how coincidentally she is rewarded for making changes at the end of the book. Though I won’t give you any spoilers, let’s just say her happily-ever-after comes all too coincidentally, rather than through any true development on her own.
A Look at The Characters
I find Rebecca Bloomwood’s character intriguing and relatable. Despite a job writing for financial magazine Successful Savings, she doesn’t practice what she preaches. She doesn’t handle her finances responsibly, and her subsequent spending lands her in a lot of trouble.
This hits home particularly hard with me, as I am a product reviewer and editor for a diet pill company. I don’t try the products or believe in their effectiveness. And I write advice on how to improve health and fitness, but I rarely exercise and I often eat too much pizza.
Additionally, she daydreams a lot. I love her attempts to escape her problems by imagining unlikely events that solve everything (such as winning the lottery or starting her own clothing line). Similarly, I daydream about solving all financial problems by one day publishing an amazing book adapted into a movie.
However, while I love how Rebecca develops in the book, the rest of the characters don’t receive enough screen time. Side characters who should have a significant impact in Rebecca’s life only see a small appearance here and there, so they don’t have a lot of an arc.
Her relationship with the cold, yet dreamy and wealthy Luke Brandon consists of a few sporadic run-ins which then escalates quickly by the end of the book into something more serious; this doesn’t get any time to develop either, so it’s left to the imagination.
The lack of detail keeps the book clean, but it turns Luke into a Disney prince charming. He has pretty face, but we don’t know who he is as a person.
In Comparison to the Movie
I love the Confessions of a Shopaholic movie. I saw it a couple years ago, and I loved Rebecca’s strong character and personality.
The movie delved a little deeper into the rest of the characters, too. And I appreciated that the movie emphasized Rebecca’s self-triumph rather than turning it into a fairy-tale ending.
Both the movie and the book capture Sophie Kinsella’s lighthearted writing style, and it’s definitely a fun world to experience. However, both book and movie tell slightly different stories, which changes how the characters develop.
I like the movie and the book for different reasons, so I think both are worth looking into.