Welcome to Friday Debate, a feature on cup of tea with that book, please, where every Friday a question will be posted that tantalize the brain and expands our horizons. For this week’s question:
I just finished watching HBO’s hit TV show, Big Little Lies. If you don’t know, Big Little Lies is based on the bestselling novel by Liane Moriarty. While watching the series, the same sentence was running through my mind…”I think I need to read the book again”.
I read the book when it was released and I thought it was really good, suspenseful and written very well. However, as I watched the series, I’m asking myself “Is this the same book?” Adaptations of books are always dicey because, as much as we book lovers want them to, they can’t put everything from the book into the adaptation. But this series missed integral parts, important elements and sidelined a few characters that it left me asking two questions: what was the point of doing this adaptation and why does it need another season? It was decent but I don’t believe the time was taken to really get to the heart of the story. The book was fine the way it was. Nothing nonessential needed to be added. But this is a common practice with movie and TV adaptations, which leads many, including myself, so turned off from them.
So this constant book lover’s conundrum leads to me ask these two questions:
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