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Three Recent Book to TV Adaptations That Are a Much Watch this Summer
As we hurtle through the spring season, in between holidays and enjoying the intermittent sunshine, you might find yourself with a few spare hours to catch up on TV. With so many books being adapted to hit series in recent years, perhaps take a watch at these recommendations for yourself and perhaps even settle the age-old debate; what’s better? – the book? or the movie?
Daisy Jones and The Six
As a huge Taylor Jenkins Reid fan, I awaited Prime Video’s release of ‘The Daisy Jones and Six’ with great anticipation. Set in 1970’s California, the plot follows a young dazzling singer, Daisy Jones who joins ‘The Six’- A band loosely inspired by Fleetwood Mac. Like the book, the TV show uses a documentary style format, with all the members of the band reflecting on the events of the 70s twenty years onwards. While the TV show did deviate from the novel somewhat (RIP Pete), the characterisation and casting of the band members were on the nose. Furthermore, the tension between Daisy and ‘the Six’ lead singer, Billy is flawlessly portrayed. Not only did I greatly enjoy the show, but the series’ accompanying album; ‘Arora’ is also an absolute bop. I’ve been playing ‘Regret Me’ non-stop in my car ever since the show’s release.
Conversation with Friends
For all those who were as obsessed with the BBC’s adaptation of Sally Rooney’s ‘Normal People’ as I was, it might be worth giving ‘Conversations with Friends’ a shot. Based once again in Dublin, the show follows the entanglement of two young university students who become involved in a complicated affair with an older couple in Dublin’s creative scene. While the characters are admittedly a lot less likeable than normal people, making the show less appealing, it doesn’t mean ‘Conversations with Friends’ didn’t have its successful moments. I think this show may also be a better watch if you’ve read the book beforehand. As the story is so psychological, focusing so much on the interior experiences of each of the characters- you might have a better appreciation of the show by reading Rooney’s narrative.
Lockwood and Co.
While I will admit I didn’t read Lockwood and Co. by Jonathan Stroud before watching the 2023 Netflix adaptation, I surprised myself by loving this 8-episode supernatural mystery. While I’m not usually a fanatic of the science fiction genre, I was drawn into this dystopian plot. The series is set in an alternative London, where ghosts have been proven as real and threaten humanity. Only young people have the power to see ghosts and battle dangerous spirits. Thus, we follow 3 young ghost hunters and their plight to eradicate supernatural forces. I will admit I was doubtful of the premise myself, but this series is definetly worth a watch.
Hopefully, this short list has given you enough watching material to fill up any lazy summer days. Wishing you all a relaxing summertime here at The Maker!
Words by Anna Craig