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Not Another Happy Ending Paperback – 1 Jan 2014
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Engagingly watchable --Mark Adams, Screen Daily
...has more heart than most Hollywood rom-coms...an entertaining diversion and an example of mainstream Scottish cinema that easily holds its own . --Rob Dickie, Sight On Sound
About the Author
David Solomans is the winner of the 2016 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize
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She starts living with the screenwriter of the film of her book but develops writer's block when she is trying to finish her second novel, the income from which will save the publisher's failing business. He,for some reason,feels she needs to be unhappy in order to complete the book and makes some far-fetched attempts to make this happen. When she finds out what has been going on,she,strangely,falls back in love with him and dumps the screenwriter. They live happily ever after!
I told you it was predictable!!
I felt a bit cheated, when, a few chapters in, I read somewhere that this book is a novelisation of a film screenplay. Usually I avoid books OF films. Who wants to read a pumped up film script, after all (though this is novel format)? It's an adaptation of a simplified story already, though in this case I believe an original screenplay (by the author of this adaptation).
All through, even before knowing its origin, I felt something was strange about the writing, some jumping around of action, some character decisions that didn't make sense. It clicked when I discovered the film source.
This will make a great film, all the elements are there. Aspiring writer (of dark and sad first novel) is taken on by a maverick (and handsome) publisher. Both have feelings for the other. Book becomes a success. Their relationship does not. There's a best friend there as comic relief and advisor. Author finds happiness but gets blocked on next novel. Publisher decides to help his estranged author become 'unblocked'...
Very romcom, will-they-won't-they, with lots of likeable side characters (Roddy the best friend, Jane's own formerly-deadbeat dad).
As a novel, I don't think it stands up exceptionally well though it's an easy and light read, very glossed-over in parts though. As a film, I will probably end up watching this.
I loved the characters, and enjoyed the sly swipes at the modern publishing industry: ‘So many modern editors... would prefer a mediocre novel they can compare to a hundred others than a great one that fits no easy category’.
I especially adored the irascible-but-sexy French indie publisher hero who prefers Glasgow to St.Tropez and never lets his devotion to correct punctuation drop: ‘If he was honest his foul mood was largely down to the parlous state of the company’s finances rather than Nicola’s inappropriate colon on page eight.’
This is bright and sassy easy reading which is also delightfully witty and romantic: the best kind of switch-off reading.
Her publisher Tom (who is her ex) is determined to see her write another novel, to keep the publishing house afloat.
Tom suspects that the success of the first novel was due to Jane's miserableness. His goal: make her miserable.
Likable and well paced, I could picture how this would make a good movie. Not Another Happy Ending [DVD]
I haven't seen the film, but if it's 70% as good as the book it'll be worth watching.
A good holiday read. And can be read in one sitting.
Tom has his own struggling publishing business. He's looking for The One. The One being the book that's going to be a critically acclaimed bestseller and take his publishing company to the next level. Tom can't wait for Jane to write her second book for him and then leave, but with his entire business resting on the book, and with a final chapter stuck in writers block he needs a plan. The plan being to make her life utterly miserable until she completes it, because everyone knows that to be creative you have to be miserable....right?
"It had to be bad news. Nothing good ever happened on a Monday morning"
The character of Jane is easy to relate to as alot of her internal monologue is made up of things like the line above, that we all think, all the time. She's a fresh and realistic character. Both characters are well written and believable, from their language, and their actions.
The book is well written, with plenty of funny moments, from the subtle, to the lines that make you laugh out loud.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Started this book. Not too bad. Read the first chapter and was 2 pages into the second chapter when there was the next 6 full pages missing. Ok I thought. Let's carry on. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sakazoke
So there's this girlie author who needs to write a second book. Writers block follows, and her ex-boyfriend, who is also her agent, decides he's made her too happy and she needs to... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Alison Towers
This is a good light hearted story and the author keeps you guessing, will they ever get together or not. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Monarch Butterfly
This book is about an author having writers block and the adventures that ensue as the publisher tries to take matters into his own hands to release the creativity to finish the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mr. William Oxley
This is a fun, lively love story, all based on the joys and pains of writing a book, becoming an award winning author, then struggling with the second novel. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Antonella
I’m not quite sure which came first, the book or the film but I do know the author writes screen plays and this book is fast paced, as screen plays are. Read morePublished on 26 Feb. 2015 by elizabeth
This book had the potential to be a lot stronger than it was. I nearly gave up a third of the way, and though I continued I was thinking most of the way through about which book... Read morePublished on 10 Nov. 2014 by N. Gratton
This is the novelization of a film. These usually turn out dreadfully as the two forms are not that alike. This one, however, works well. Read morePublished on 28 July 2014 by Isobel Henry-Rufus
Jane is an author. And she has writers block... She only has one more chapter to go.... As though this is bad enough, her publisher, Tom, thinks that all good writers write at... Read morePublished on 10 July 2014 by Socks