When Legally Blonde was released in July of 2001, it became an instant classic. Reese Witherspoon, who was just 24 at the time, starred as Elle Woods, the unlikely feminist hero who enrolled in Harvard Law School to prove she was smart enough to be wife material for her boyfriend Warner, only to realize she was actually a good lawyer and could do better in the love department. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about the fun and adorable comedy:
10. It’s based on a book
The movie Legally Blonde, written by Karen McCullah and Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith, is based on the novel of the same name by Amanda Brown, which was first published in July of 2001 — strangely, the same time the movie came out. (Another edition of the book was published in 2003.) Usually there’s some lag time between a book release and a movie release — we often see a book become popular before we even hear about a movie in the works — but sometimes production companies and studios will option the rights to books before the books even come out so that they can get working on the movie adaptation right away (people even work as “book scouts,” letting companies know what hot books are about to be published). The movie is a pretty faithful adaptation, but you’ll notice some changes between the book and the movie.