Big Little Lies

After hearing so much about the TV show, Big Little Lies, I decided I had to read the book. I actually listened to the book, which was kind of nice, because the narrator has an Australian accent. However, towards the end I could hear every lip smack and swallow and that drove me nuts.

I was expected to enjoy the book, but I wasn’t expecting it to be quite so dark. I think Liane Moriarty did a great job with the emotional aspects of the book, especially the ones we usually don’t even want to admit to ourselves.

I then tried to watch the series, and for me, it fell super flat. I think Reese Witherspoon as Madeline was really harsh. She’s too skinny and too perfect. In my mind I pictured someone a bit more flamboyant — Jane  describes her as a “shiny girl” (I think), so I never got the impression that Madeline’s outfits and accessories were particularly trendy or classy like they are in the show. I imagined a blond, older version of Lorelai Gilmore. And I don’t buy Adam Scott and Reese Witherspoon as a couple, although I can’t quite pinpoint why.

However, I loved Nicole Kidman as Celeste. Since I knew she played the part, I think I had Kidman in my mind while reading.

I have to admit, I didn’t finish watching the show. I started, and then my dad stayed with us for two weeks and helped us with our basement remodel, and it didn’t seem like something he’d be interested in watching. Then I forgot about it, and then it went way overdue, and I had to return the DVDs to the library. Oh well… maybe I’ll try again in a few months when the wait list is shorter. I clearly wasn’t compelled to binge it like everyone said I would. Although the music and scenery were amazing!

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Me Before You

If I hadn’t read the book I don’t think I’d have any interest in seeing this movie. Since I did read the book AND Matthew Lewis (aka Neville Longbottom) has a role, I know I will watch it eventually. Maybe not in theaters though…