Reading and Watching Famous in Love

July 22, 2017

Usually I’m the person who reads the books first then watches the movie or TV show later but this time around, I saw the TV show first. When I heard that there is a new series called Famous in Love that you can watch online, I downloaded a VPN app and watched the pilot. After that I decided that I couldn’t wait to watch the show when it airs here (if it does, it hasn’t yet) so I watched all the Famous in Love episodes online. I liked the show and I couldn’t help myself. I just had to read both books: Famous In Love and Truly Madly Famously.


Famous in Love (the book) is written by Rebecca Serle and is about Paige Townsen, a young unknown actress who is cast in one of the biggest franchise films in Hollywood. It’s about how this girl who was once leading a normal life is suddenly thrown into a new world that she has to get used to while at the same time she is falling in love with two of the men who are with her in the movie.

First off, I was surprised at how many changes were made in the series compared to the book. Some changes were disappointing (would have been nice if they did film in Hawaii) but some I felt were for the better because it made the story much more interesting. I think that the series tweaked the weak parts about the book and made it better. They added more depth to the characters and more interesting plotlines.

I think the book was a bit bland compared to the TV show but then as a 40-year-old reading a book for young adults I felt that maybe I just wasn’t the market for the material. Having it from a point of view of a teenager was probably what made it a little boring for me in spite of the potentially exciting setting of a young girl thrust into the Hollywood life.

I was surprised that the first season was basically the entire book (well, since the end was very similar of her having to choose between two guys). It has me wondering if Famous in Love Season 2 (if there will be one) will tackle the second book, the part where Paige had already made a choice on who to be with and was dealing with the consequences of it.

I think that the second book was more interesting than the first, but it still had the Paige POV which was, as I said previously, a bit bland for my taste. I do think that it would be interesting to see how the series would shift the story to sort of adapt the second book but still stay true to their revised plot.

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Reading the books and seeing the TV show has me conflicted about who I like for Paige. In the books Jordan was the better guy, in spite of the bad boy image. BUT in the TV show, Jordan isn’t even interested in Paige. Rainer, as troubled as he is, seems to be the more interesting guy.

For both the TV show and the books though, I feel that Paige is a blah. She needs to have more of a backbone and have more of a personality. I feel that there’s just something missing with that one. I hope that in the second season of the show (if it does happen) they can improve on the character because even if she is the lead, she can be a bit boring (at least they got that consistent with the books).

My review on the books? Read at your own risk. If you want to short cut it, watch the series instead. It’s much more interesting.

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