Book to Movie: The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend

Well first of all… yes – it’s another one of those teen books/movies.  You know, about teen hierarchies: jocks, beauty queens, greeks, nerds, blah, blah, blah… I have not read the book.  However I have it sitting on my desk at home because I accidently found a movie trailer for the book a few days ago, while sitting and shifting through the black hole of bittersweet evil that is known as Youtube.  It’s got MAE WHITMAN in it!  MAE WHITMAN!  Did I tell you IT’S GOT MAE WHITMAN!?  And the main guy is pleasant on the eyes.  BUT MAE WHITMAN!



Anticipated Release Date:  February 2015

Movie Poster:

The Duff Movie

The Leads:

I don’t know why every freaking movie page lists the young lady that plays Madison first as if she’s the movie lead, but the book and movie is about Bianca – the supposed “DUFF.”  Which means Mae Whitman is the female lead and not Bella Thorne (nothing against her though).

Mae Whitman as Bianca - The "DUFF"

Mae Whitman as Bianca: The “DUFF”

Robbie Amell as Wesley the "Hot Jock"

Robbie Amell as Wesley the “Hot Jock”

Hit or Miss:  In regards to the book, it has a high approval rating, though there are some who dislike it very much.  The movie seems like typical high school fare.  But hey, guilty pleasures are nice to have.  I have not read the book yet, but will soon.  The movie looks like fun and the trailer uses this really really, I mean really catchy song that I had to look up.  I really enjoyed the song and was somewhat taken back by the lyrics… but the tune … anyway I ended liking the song anyway.  So movie hit or miss… it won’t be a blockbuster… but maybe fun to watch nonetheless.

DuffThe Book:  The Duff: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger

Book Release Date:  September 2010

Summary: Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.


4 responses to “Book to Movie: The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend

  1. Yeah see this got a lot of hype last year but….all the tropes put me off. Also to be overly critical of the casting, she is neither “ugly” nor “fat”….like, at all. I’m shocked they didn’t give her glasses and “Frizzy” hair #hasalotofmovierage

    • I agree – Mae Whitman is not ugly or fat, but I guess the book/movie is taking the standpoint of the popular kids being the stereotypical “pretty” girls… High School flicks these days seem to exaggerate the perception of beauty these days… but I guess its the trend in society with the emphasis on primmed up beauty… I can go on another whole novel rant of the damaging influence of beauty because of the media, fashion and cosmetic industry. Thanks for dropping by!

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