It has been around 2 years since I first watched The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel film, and I have just finished the book. I did enjoy the film, but I feel like the book really exceeded my expectations. It has been a few years since I read a book which has been made into a film so it may just be that I have forgotten how a story is always changed when it is made into a film, but I did feel that the film was missing a lot of the key elements of the book. I remember watching the film and I enjoyed it, it was light-hearted and after watching it I didn’t really think much of it again. The story within the book is more complex, and stirs more emotions. I gained a better history of each character and of their life, and what has led them to be the way that they are now. There are also just more characters within the book. I felt that these really added to the overall story but I understand that it would have been too complex to introduce each of these characters within the limited timeframe in a film.
The book really encouraged empathy and compassion for others. Many of the younger generations including myself are quick to judge the elderly and make assumptions but they are just as interesting and unique as each of the individuals in my generation. Possibly even more interesting as they have already got a whole bunch of life experiences! As a lover of travel, I also really enjoyed the main storyline of retired British people emigrating to India. I have always wanted to move abroad someday and I worry a lot that I will miss my chance so I found this really inspiring, reading about a group of elderly people still travelling and having adventures.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, it’s the first novel I have finished in quite a while (as you can probably tell from how poorly I discussed it) but I am hoping to get back into reading this year and this was a really good book to start with.