Book vs. TV Series: Big Little Lies

TV series.

  • because glib ‘mummy’ jokes didn’t sit alongside the issue of domestic violence.
  • the soundtrack (it’s brilliant and, like all the very best soundtracks, plays an important part in the telling of the story).
  • the real estate.
  • there’s a build up to the big twist but minus the protracted suspense of the book.
  • for Reese Witherspoon.


24 responses

  1. I loved the book, and I thought they did a good job translating it to California from Australia, but I felt like something was missing in the ending. I don’t know. It was still entertaining.
    Sam @ WLABB

  2. I haven’t watched the series yet – I was waiting for it to be all over since I’m a wuss at waiting week to week with all the suspense! Now I’ll also be paying attn. to the soundtrack when I watch it.

    • I’ve only read a few of Moriarty’s books – honestly not my preferred genre but have picked a few up because of the hype! (and it’s probably why I preferred the tv series).

  3. Ahhh for me the absence of the humour meant missing the thing that made me connect to the book in the first place. In the book I felt like they could have been my best friends (in another life). In the TV series I couldn’t care less about any of them. And certainly wouldn’t want to be friends with any of them in any lifetime!

    • Brona…I agree with you. Moriarty’s novel had a dark humor about it, with likeable core characters; the series played out as humorless and emotionally disengaging, from my viewing perspective.

    • I started out enjoying the humour in the book but once the DV element was introduced I felt a disconnect. Pleased that they didn’t underplay the DV element in the tv series – it was a strong message.

      • Thanks to this thread we finally watched the last 2 episodes tonight. And I take back some of what I said above. The final 2 episodes were very strong & powerful & well done. Even knowing what was going to happen didn’t stop me from feeling anxious. I’m glad we watched it to the end.

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  5. I didn’t actually read your post b/c I’m only one episode into BLL and didn’t know if it would contain spoilers, but wanted to say that I LOVED it despite hating the book!

  6. Reese is definitely one of the best parts of the show. Will have to go check out the soundtrack now! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I didn’t read the book so everything was a surprise to me in the series and WOW. I was literally sitting with my jaw hanging open for the last 15 minutes (attractive, I know). I loved it.

    Often, I’ll read the book after the TV or movie, but in this case I’m going to skip it. Feel like I got the gist.

  8. I loved the book when I read it, especially discovering the darkness at the heart of it all (once you get beyond the mommy drama) — but I also loved the TV production. Such a stellar cast!

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