MEME: From Helios to Hollywood – One For the Money

This week’s post will take a look at

One For the Money
Janet Evanovich 

Stephanie Plum was my hero.  When I first started reading the series written by Janet Evanovich, I was at a point in my life where I needed to laugh.  Boy, talk about laugh.  My family thought I was absolutely nuts.  A person, sitting in a chair reading, who out of nowhere bursts into uncontrollable laughter.  That was me.  Stephanie and Lulu’s antics were unbelievably hilarious.  Just zany enough that you could actually see people getting into the predicaments they find themselves in.  

As with many fans, when I’m reading a novel, I sometimes fantasize about who should play which part.  When I originally heard the rumors about Katherine Heigl playing Stephanie Plum, I had to think about it for a bit.  The more I thought about it the more I thought I liked it.  The reality was another matter.  While she can carry off humor and funny situations, she couldn’t carry off the New Jersey accent.  Sometimes it was present and more often than not, it wasn’t.  The character needed more depth.  I don’t know if it was the acting or the way the script was written.  The lovable thing about Stephanie is that she’s really inept.  For crying out loud she sold lingerie.  The way the writers wrote her character, she was too good, too fast.  Oh, another thing about how the character.  Stephanie absolutely hates wearing dresses or skirts.  The majority of the first part of the movie, she’s not only in dresses but heels.  Even Stephanie wouldn’t go chasing anyone in that outfit unless she ran into them in the funeral parlor.  Most of the time she just rolls out of bed, tries to tame her hair and goes.  Forget the makeup and coordinating outfits.

This IS NOT my Joe Morelli.  While Jason O’Mara is a wonderful actor, he is not who I had in mind for this part and especially based on the descriptions of Joe in the Stephanie Plum novels.  Muscular, dark haired and dark eyed.  Nope, not Italian enough.  However, he does do an extremely good job portraying Joe’s overall character so I can’t detract points for that.

I had more of this in mind for Joe,

I know, he’s everywhere right now, but he would have been a perfect balance of looks, comedy and character.  The only thing wrong, he might be a little too big.  With the right actress, maybe not.

Okay, lets move on to Ranger. Oh My Gosh, RANGER.  This one is a hard one (pun intended).  When I think Ranger I think delicious chocolate, danger and sex.  He doesn’t talk all that much.  He does most of his talking with his eyes, the looks on his face and body language.  He’s not pretty.  I think that was the problem with this:

He’s too pretty and the smile is killer.  That’s great and while I think Daniel Sunjata is very attractive and sexy, not Ranger.  Think about it, how about this instead

I think it even works without the brown eyes.  He just looks dangerous and sexy.  Oh my!
You probably noticed I didn’t show MY Stephanie.  I like this one:

Before I talk about the movie, one final note.  I loved Debbie Reynolds as Grandma Mazur but couldn’t you just picture Betty White in that role?

This movie was such a disappointment to me and another fan who watched it with me.  We had two people in the room who hadn’t read the books and they were “okay” with the movie.  They kept saying we were being too critical, well, the movie just didn’t stack up to the first novel.  While funny, the novel had a different layer and feel than the movie.  It wasn’t all fun and games and flirting.  A woman is brutally beaten in both the movie and the novel but the movie glossed over it.  The movie was a superficial look at the brilliant series by Ms Evanovich.  

Just my opinion.


5 thoughts on “MEME: From Helios to Hollywood – One For the Money

  1. I bought One for the Money and have tried to read it three different times. I just can’t get into it. I rented the DVD, and didn’t finish it, either. The book SOUNDS funny, and I’m almost mad at myself that I don’t iike it. :/ Love your post, though! I need to figure out a good book/movie combo that I’ve read.

  2. Thanks Heather. Actually with this series you have to be in the right mood to read them. I’ve actually re-read the series several times but the movie didn’t do the book justice. Not because I didn’t like the characters only but they tried to make it too cutesy or something. I’m still trying to figure it out.

  3. Great post, Dolly. And I like your picks better. I thought the movie was okay, but nothing like the book.

  4. I JUST watched this movie. It was okay, but not something I’d recommend watching. Is the book better? I also wasn’t a fan of how many religious exclamations there were. Are there that many in the book as well? Maybe I should just read it! 🙂 NIce post!

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