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May 05 2020

Review: "Normal People" on Hulu

By Spencer Coile

To adapt a work of fiction is to play with fire.I can only imagine that nimbly capturing the spirit of the original text while imbuing it with new levels of creativity is no easy feat.Discourse surrounding literary adaptations usually focuses on how the movie or series fails the original text - either it doesn’t cover everything sufficiently (likeThe Time Traveler’s Wife, a personal tragedy), it overstays its welcome (The Handmaid’s Tale), or an abundance of creative liberties are taken (recentlyLittle Fires Everywhere).Comparisons are easy to make, and book lovers are quick to critique.

On its surface,Normal People,now streaming on Hulu,masquerades as a straightforward adaptation.Born from Sally Rooney’s novel of the same name, it follows Connell (Paul Mescal) and Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones), two Irish secondary students who forge a connection despite their uneven social standings.The novel, and now the BBC/Hulu limited series, chronicles their years-long relationship in all its complexities...

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