Selective Collective, Young Adult

Selective Collective: Page to Screen We Were Liars


This month The Selective Collective read We Were Liars by e. lockhart!

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

we were liars

We Were Liars, while a YA novel, would make for a very good all ages movie. Well, not the kiddos, but both teens and adults. I think it has a lot of potential for adaptation because it’ would make more of a psychological twist type movie rather than a teen contemporary love story type movie.

What was most appealing about We Were Liars was the twist. I didn’t see it coming and, had I not known what it was, would love to see it on the big screen.

Here are some things that I would love to see adapted from We Were Liars:

The Sinclair Family – Talk about your drama-filled family! The Sinclairs are old money with even older problems. I feel like a good comparison would be a Kennedy-esque type family that honestly makes for good entertainment. But they’re more than just wealthy people with rich people problems. There are major mental issues going on in this family that are almost heartbreaking at times. Each of the members is also extremely unique and I found them to be well rounded, despite how little or how much they were in the book.

The Setting – My ideal summer beach vacation is to go to a Martha’s Vineyard/Hamptons/Northeastern beach area and have what I like to think of as a picturesque type vacation. Down here our beach trips consist of heat, heat, and more heat. A friend of mine has a beach house in New Jersey and will tell me about how they’ll have bonfires on the beach in the evenings. I cannot imagine this but it sounds like a movie. There’s also cute beach towns which I love!

Atmosphere – I don’t really feel there are a lot of things that are unique to this book that I want to see on screen, but feel like movie makers would have a beautiful slate to work from. The imagery in this book is divine and I think between music, colors, and other magical movie things this movie would have a very soothing yet suspenseful atmosphere.

Growing Up – While we don’t first meet Cady and the gang when they’re young, the book takes place over several summers, starting when they are young. I like the idea of seeing these characters “grow up” and think it would be fun to see them grow up on screen, changing and evolving each summer they are together.

The time the Liars are apart – As I said, this book takes place over a series of summers. There would be some great opportunity to show some expanded scenes of events that take place during the year that are only hinted at in the summers.

Soundtrack – I’m terrible at picking music for movies but feel like this one would have a totally kick-ass soundtrack. Would love to hear what songs you think would go well with this book!

What do you think? Sound like a good movie?

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