I love that the film actually allows you to see Lola on-stage in the play (made into a musical called Eliza Rocks!). As a drama geek, I wished the book spent a bit more time on the actual production itself. It's kind of very High School Musical and super corny, but it's very fun (in a guilty pleasure kind of way) and fitting to the film's style.
What I probably found most enjoyable about the film adapation is it's strong visual style. I give major snaps to the entire production design department! The style is spot-on at capturing the tone of the original novel, and is lovely to look at. The costumes in particular, are amazing, with Lola's look paying homage a range of Hollywood starlets and style icons.
Overall, I think Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen translated pretty well to the silver screen. I do think that the involvement of Disney did mean the film is adapted more towards a tween audience (rather than the teen reader the book is intended for). Whilst I felt that some of the comedy and sarcasm of the novel was toned down to suit the marketed (younger) viewer, the visual style sets the film apart from other films in the mid noughties tween genre (like Sleepover and A Cinderella Story). The screenplay makes the most of the source material and the finished production retains most of the spirit of the novel.
For a further discussion of the costumes (my favourite part of the film) and some cute stills, please continue reading below the cut.