Wednesday, April 4

Non-Review: Practical Magic (Practical Magic #1)

Practical Magic (Practical Magic #1)
Alice Hoffman

Published By: Scribner UK
Publication Date: June 13, 1995

Date Read: March 1, 2018
Genre: Adult - Magical Realism
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages:  288
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36280154-practical-magic

From Goodreads:
The Owens sisters confront the challenges of life and love in this bewitching novel from New York Times bestselling author Alice Hoffman.

For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in their Massachusetts town. Gillian and Sally have endured that fate as well: as children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their musty house and their exotic concoctions and their crowd of black cats. But all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape.

One will do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they share will bring them back—almost as if by magic...

I had no idea Practical Magic was a book until a few months ago and I was so freaking excited. I absolutely adore Practical Magic. It is one of my all time favourite movies and I could just watch it over and over again and never bore of it. I was so excited to finally read the book that it was based off. I mean it was bound to be magical! I so so wish I was right. Maybe my expectations were just too high but I was so disappointed with this book.


I seriously cannot stress enough how much I wanted to love this book I really did but I just didn't. I started off loving it as it told the background of the Owens sisters. I was so excited as it reminded me of my love for the movie and made me want to watch the movie all over again. But the more I read the more I started realising this book is completely different than the movie, which is fine the movies are always different but I felt like the movie was far better and superior to the book.

The characters in this book are so unlikable. I didn't like any of them. The movie massively changed the characters for the better. They made them likeable. While reading this book I couldn't believe that the sisters, and Sally's daughter, was so bitchy. What happened to those amazing loveable characters? I don't know but they were not present in this book.

The biggest reason I was so disappointed in Practical Magic was the lack of magic. I mean come on it's in the title! And everyone who has seen the movie will know the major presence magic has in this story. I got almost 100 pages in and there was no magic. No acceptance or even acknowledgement that they were witches. I was so disappointed.

I wish I'd loved Practical Magic and honestly I'm devastated that I couldn't even finish this book. I was bored and I just wasn't interested in it. I will definitely stick to the movie for this one.



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