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Billy Elliot's tough funny and heart warming story is given new depth by best selling author Melvin BurgessBilly's mother is dead and his father and brother are fiercely involved in a bitter miners' fight that has split the local community Billy's father wants his son to learn boxing like he did and his father before him But Billy is fascinated by the grace and magic of ballet and is determined to dance his way to a different futureTold from the differing viewpoints of Billy his father and brother and his friend Michael Melvin Burgess has captured the spirit of the original film screenplay while demonstrating the skill and inspiration he showed in his award winning novel Junk


10 thoughts on “Billy Elliot

  1. says:

    I am also into reading novelized movies aside from watching adapted movies I tend not to be content with watching movies with my mouth agape; I want to understand the whole story completely for there are times that I can’t follow the dialogues because I’m not much familiar with accent with which characters speakBilly Elliot is the only movie that comes to my mind when someone asks me what my favorite movie is It is a British dance drama film about an eleven year old boy desiring to be a professional ballet dancer However both his father and brother are inculcated in the negative stereotype of the male ballet dancer Males into this kind of art in western society in the early 19th century were said to be weak effeminate or homosexual In short all boys in his countryside are supposed to do things only for males So it is a big decision for Billy especially both his father and brother are miners struggling against the government’s plan to close all coal minesReading the novelized movie has made me love the movie The novel and the movie have the same scenes The dialogues became crystal clear to me The characters’ voices were even echoing through my head except Billy’s famous lines when a tutor asks him what he feels when he’s dancing In the book it goes “When I dance my body is full of fire and I forget everything” but in the movie“Don't know Sorta feels good Sorta stiff and that but once I get going then I like forget everything And sorta disappear Sorta disappear Like I feel a change in my whole body And I've got this fire in my body I'm just there Flyin' like a bird Like electricity Yeah like electricity”Also it seems that the novel has been expurgated for the F words steeped in the film In the movie I could almost hear uite a few bad words which seem to be a common way of communication among early Irish people No doubt the movie has been censored for young audience as far as I knowOn the other hand I have proven that Billy is not gay at all Count me in those people who have the negative stereotype of the male ballet dancer I deserve to be pilloried in public or put to the swordlaughsThe story is narrated by the main characters Billy Jack his father; Tony his older brother and Michael his gay best friend So I did not have a hard time reading it In fact the seuence of the plot is almost similar to the movieAfter reading it I watched my favorite scenes in the movie again when Billy dances to his father’s presence when he auditions at the ballet school definitely one of the unforgettable scenes when one of the school tutors asks him what he feels when he dances when he opens the letter whether he is in or not when his father and brother go watch his major ballet concert and come across his gay best friend Michael the leave me in the air finaleMy favorite scene in the movie when Billy dances to his dad's presenceThe major moral lesson of the story which is why it is one of my most favorite movies is that follow your dream no matter how harsh the culture you conform to Such dilemma is still typical of our culture nowadays There are still different traditional norms women and men should followAside from the novelized movies Billy Elliot and Brokeback Mountain I also want to read the novelizations of Eclipse and Beach2000 in which both starred by Hollywood actor Leonardo Dicaprio Braveheart directed by and starring Mel Gibson 3 Idiots 1999India I also wish that there are some available for my favorite pink movies such as Love of Siam 2007 Thailand Boys Love 1 Bōizu Rabu 2006 Japan and Prayer for Bobby 2009 USA to name a few


  2. says:

    Originally reviewed at reason why I picked up this book is that Billy Elliot is one of my all time favourite films and I was really intrigued by the fact that it’s been released as a novel Since it’s related to my thesis work I’ll have to start working on in the next few weeks and it’s been a while since I’ve seen the film I decided to combine work with pleasure and read Melvin Burgess’s novel To be honest I found Billy’s narration uite strange at first and I thought it wouldn’t live up to my expectations after all – but I couldn’t be further from the truth Burgess’s novel is just as good if not better than the film and I was in tears all the way to the endWhat I loved about it the most is the fact that it’s narrated by several different people Most of the time it’s Billy who’s speaking but there are chapters that are told by either Billy’s father brother or his friend Michael I loved the contrast between these chapters especially those of the father’s and his two children The way we see things from a twelve year old’s point of view at first and then from an adult’s is just brilliant Billy’s father was definitely my favourite character and I really enjoyed reading the story from his perspective as well It was actually one of the reasons why I eventually found the book even touching than the film The way he describes what he feels about his wife how poverty stricken they are and how he can’t do anything to build a better future for his sons how he’s ready to sacrifice himself and give up everything just to make at least one of their dreams come true is very touchingHowever there are two things I should mention – rather as an advice than something negative in connection with the book The first one is that even though it’s a young adult book it contains strong language therefore it might not be suitable for everyone The other thing is that I think you really need to have some sort of background information about Thatcher’s reign and this era in order to fully understand what Billy and his family are going through what the strike is about and what state their town is in at the timeAll in all Melvin Burgess’s novel is a fantastic read you don’t want to miss whether or not you’ve seen the film before It’s a tear jerking tale about hope sacrifice love and devotion and I can guarantee that you’ll fall in love with it even if you’re not familiar with the story yet It’s a definite must read


  3. says:

    This is an adaptation from a movie I LOVE it LOVE IT and I actually cried for this book it was so goodIt is aboutA boy who want to be a ballet dancer instead of a boxer I guess this month is a diversity reading month for me and I'm loving it


  4. says:

    Billy Elliot was a nice and uick read but I was hoping so much from it I definitely liked how the story went on and the fact that it was easy to read I enjoyed how it handled family and kind of LGBT issues how it proved stereotypes wrong On the downside nothing was explained I understand that it was originally a musical and the book was adapted but it was rather poorly done All the point of view changes were jumpy and I wanted to get to know the characters better I did enjoy the book though but it was kinda meh for me


  5. says:

    I love Billy Elliott


  6. says:

    Billy Elliot is a novel written by Melvin Burgees Billy Elliot is also a really famous play that was written by Lee Hall It is about a boy who likes to dance especially ballet dance Billy's father made Billy box but Billy's passion was dancing Billy lives with his brother called Tony Elliot and his dad called Jackie Elliot His mum died a long time ago Billy would go to Mrs Wilkinson for ballet lesson for 50 pence He would go home and practice like doing the spin When his father asked him what he was doing he would lie to his father and say that it was for boxingMy favourite part of the story is when Billy and his dad went to London for Billy's audition He did the position for the audition well but when he needed to do a solo dance the song was halfway through instead he just stood there and stared at the judges He remembered what Mrs Wilkinson told him which was “Billy you’re not concentrating When you’re up there in front of an audience you have to concentrate no matter what’s going on So go on just do it” so Billy danced135 When he finished his audition he ran to the changing room and there was a boy who tried to comfort Billy but Billy didn’t need comfort and so Billy punched him Billy was in a lot of trouble and he thought that he would never ever will get into this school At the end of the story Billy succeeded in getting a place at the dance school When he performed he had to do a spin When his brother shouted Billy’s name and he did a spin and another spin for his family155I recommend this book to 13 years old and up because there is some bad language in this book I would also recommend this book to people who like to dance and also to people who strives for something but they are not allowed to do but are determined to follow their dreamsI rated this book 5 stars because the author described the book in full detail I could really understand what was happening and I thought it was a really great book


  7. says:

    “Billy Elliot“ was written by Melvin Burgess and based on the motion picture screenplay by Lee HallIt's a novel about a boy who wants to become a ballet dancer The book is for ages 11 and aboveBilly lives in a poor family and has to take care of his grandmother He takes boxing lessons but instead of boxing he likes dancing around the ring That behaviour makes Billy's father Jackie angry because of the fact that Jackie and Tony Billy's brother don't earn much money and the boxing lessons are expensive However Billy is interested in Mrs Wilkinson's ballet class and soon he learns some moves Weeks later Jackie finds out Billy had not taken his boxing classes and noticed him taking ballet lessons They have an argument and Billy runs away from home to Mrs Wilkinson's house She tells him that Billy should audition for the Royal Ballet School and that she will teach him But Billy misses the audition and Mrs Wilkinson tells the family what has happened Jackie wants to aid Billy in his audition and he knows he needs a lot of money but Billy's boxing teacher organises a raffle to raise moneyWill Billy get the chance to study at the Royal Ballet School?This book is about gender roles and expectations of society and I think it's good to read such a book because it shows that a boy could also be a ballet dancer or general that you can be whoever you want to be I think in this time it's very important to accept and tolerate thatI like the story and recommend the bookSophie


  8. says:

    After having recently re discovered the brilliant movie that is Billy Elliot my friend told be that it had also been published as a book I found and purchased it within minutes and I'm so glad I did The book was absolutely fantastic with staying true to the original plot but while still being original by giving the reader chapters in some of the other characters perspective I really enjoyed knowing what each of the different characters were thinking and seeing their view on things I finished the book from cover to cover within hours all in one sitting because even though I knew the outcome of the plot I wanted to see how the author displayed different events and characters and I loved how familiar to the film and production it was but also different in a lot of ways I would definitely recommend this book to any fans of the movie and production and will definitely be re reading it in the near future


  9. says:

    There isn't actually all that much to say about this story The entire story should serve as a reminder that everyone should stay themselves and life isn't about living the way others want you to but the way you want to The ending is a bit predictable even though I anticipated a slightly different one for a few chapters There are several POV s and each adds something to the story Billy's POV was my favourite and Tony's my least favourite The season this book reminds me of? Strike season The year is 1984 Miners are striking and one miner's son discovers that he isn't interested in boxing or any of that He wants to dance Ballet to be specific A dance that most considered unmanly at that time There are some setbacks and in the end ; You can find both this review and on my book blog The Book Challengers


  10. says:

    1 Penguin Readers level 32 62830minutes 62930minutes 7135minutes 3 coal ballet boxing strike hard accept professional 4 I like this story very much Billy who is a main character does what he wants even if other people say anything He wanted to ballet though he is a boy I was encouraged by that part 5 I thought that to do something what I like or I should continuously is important I noticed again that if I continue something it would get better I thought I should exert all possible efforts