Book vs TV Series – This is Going to Hurt

Book was better. But actually really hard to judge because the book and the series had very different tones.

I laughed my way through 95% of the book (and bawled at the last 5%). Yes, I sensed Adam’s frustration with the NHS, and his exhaustion, and the strain that his work hours put on his relationships. However, I didn’t feel his bitterness.

In the TV series, Adam is bitter, short-tempered and rude. Funny as well, but we only get glimpses of that. The prize for the funniest person in the series goes to senior consulant on the maternity ward, Vicky Houghton – she had me laughing out loud. But overall, the series was terribly sad, and the repeated use of images of a premature delivery that Adam had been involved in, make for tough viewing.

The series is available on Foxtel (Binge) in Australia.

16 responses

  1. Ah, you watched it. I binged it last week and found it terribly depressing but so realistic. I had avoided the book because when it came out in the UK there was so much publicity around it, it immediately put me off. But now I want to read the book… I had wondered how faithful the adaptation was to the book and am glad to hear the book is more comic.

    • The series has some difficult themes, that simply aren’t presented in the book in the same way. Obviously I have no experience of the NHS, but I think the book gave me a fair idea!

  2. I haven’t read the book yet. I’m glad to know that Adam is more likeable on the page. I was astounded by how badly he comes across in the drama, given that he was a producer and had a cameo scene. That said, once it found its feet, I enjoyed the tv series – if being provoked into reflection on the big things in life can be called enjoyment.

  3. I enjoyed the book – it had the right balance of humour and seriousness. But I was put off from watching the series because it sounded as if it had a lot more of a comic aspect.

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