Should I Read Normal People Before I Watch The Show?

Saturday, May 2, 2020
Earlier this week, the miniseries adaptation of the book Normal People dropped on Hulu. Now, I am in a bit of a pickle because I have copy of the book, but it's in my apartment in New York while I'm quarantining at home in Florida.

Here are my options:

  1. Watch the show and not read the book.
  2. Wait until I can get back to New York to read the book and then watch the show, who knows when that will happen.
  3. Get another copy of the book and I'm out an extra $20 I don't have to be, and I'm a notorious cheapskate. 

Usually, it's a coin toss as to whether I read the book beforehand. It really depends on how interested in the story I am, and there's a lot if interest around the adaptation. I read Little Women before the Greta Gerwig movie came out, but I didn't read Little Fires Everywhere before the miniseries started on Hulu. At some point I'll circle back to the original novel, because it'd be interesting to see what changes were made. 

I also really liked Sally Rooney's first novel, Conversations With Friends, and Normal People, was her big breakout here in the states. There's a reason why Normal People was adapted first. I want to read the book more than I want to watch the show. But I don't have the book with me and I need things to occupy my brain.

We'll see. I may find other shows to watch before I even get around to starting this one, so hopefully I can distract myself with other television that I'm not wanting for it as much and I can hold out.

It's a battle of wills now.

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