Book Reviews

Book vs Movie: Addicted

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Cover for Zane’s book “Addicted”

Warning: While I try not to give too much away, if you haven’t read the book or watched the movie, there will be some spoilers.

Okay, this is my first book and movie review. I am particularly nervous because 1. I have never written a review on books, so I feel slightly like some fraud, and 2. I hate criticism of my thoughts.

Then again, I can’t worry about that. This is my thoughts, and if you like it, then you like it, if not, then well…womp, womp.

On to the review.

This is about the book and movie, both named “Addicted.” It is the same premise: a woman who is battling a sex addiction is recounting her experience to her therapist in hopes to overcome it.

Here’s the more detailed description via Amazon:

For successful African-American businesswoman Zoe Reynard, finding the pleasure she wants, the way she wants it, is not worth the risk of losing everything she has: marriage to the man she has loved since childhood, a thriving company, three wonderful children. But Zoe feels helpless in the grip of an overpowering addiction…to sex.

Finding  a compassionate woman therapist to help her, Zoe finally summons the courage to tell her torrid story, a tale of guilt and desire as shocking as it is compelling. From the sensitive artist with whom she spends stolen hours on rumpled sheets to the rough and violent man who draws her toward destruction,Zoe is a woman desperately searching for fulfillment — and something darker, deeper, and perhaps deadly. As her life spins out of control and her sexual escapades carry her toward a dangerous choice, Zoe is racing against time to uncover the source of her “fatal attraction” — as chilling secrets tumble forth from the recesses of a woman’s mind, and perilous temptations lead toward a climax that can threaten her sanity, her marriage…and her life.

Now, let’s look at some main points.

What they both have:

  • A positive ending
  • LOTS of steamy sex scenes
  • It is told from the female’s POV
  • There are some crazy,even ridiculous plot twists

What makes them different:

  • The book is more darker. Like a whole lot darker. I won’t go into it, but you’ll be like WTF? if you read the book
  • The struggle and death of her friend isn’t implied in movie. In fact, her friend in the movie has an opposite life.
  • There is another lover (female) in the book that is left out of the movie
  • Zoe’s repressed memories were shown differently in the movie than in the book
  • Zoe’s husband Jason’s past is completely left out of the movie
  • They decided to go with two kids in the movie instead of three

And now, in the book vs. movie, here’s which one I thought was better:

BOOK. They are both really over-the-top, but at the same time you can only have so much graphic scenes in a movie than you can in a book. The movie is already rated “R,” and believe me, if certain other scenes were added, it could have easily turned from “R” to “NC-17.”

But with the book, it just went a whole different route that may seem like a bit too much. I am glad the gruesome parts were left out of the movie, because they wouldn’t have added anything to the story. Problem is, they didn’t add much to the book either. But, the book is explicit, and from an author such as Zane, you would expect it to go extreme.

Would I recommend the book?

Yes. Even though I felt certain scenes were a bit too much and not needed, this was definitely a guilty pleasure book, and it was fun to read. I read it in one day. It is written to keep you interested.

Would I recommend the movie?

Maybe. If you’ve got a bunch of friends and want to drink and have fun, then yes, go ahead and watch this and ogle at the men, because they are definitely handsome to look at (that is what I did, had a girl’s night out). If you are looking for a movie that is compelling and thrilling, no. You could find something else that is written more captivating and also has sex appeal.

So, I would say stick with the book and have a steamy session in the comforts of your home.

What did you think of the book? Were you able to catch your breath? Or was the movie better? Let your voice be heard in the comments below!


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