Hi everyone! For this month’s Book Vs Movie, I’m going to be talking about the recently released TV adaptation of One of Us Is Lying, which came out a couple of weeks ago on Netflix. I know I said I was going to do The Time Traveler’s Wife, but I thought this one was more timely since I literally just watched it last week, so my thoughts are a bit more fresh.
Honestly I found the book a little underwhelming. It was a decent enough mystery, but I didn’t find myself massively surprised by any of the twists. I also found the characters to be kind of flat and I didn’t love the ultimate resolution to the mystery, I found that kind of disappointing. You can read my more detailed thoughts about the book in my full review:
I really enjoyed the TV adaptation! It was a little slow to get going, I’d say I wasn’t really invested till about the third or fourth episode, but once I was, I was really glued to it. I enjoyed the characters a lot more than I did in the book, I think the TV show did a better job of rounding them all out, and I liked some of the new characters introduced for the adaptation, particularly Janae. I also felt like I got a better idea of who Simon was in the show than in the book. I also actually preferred the way that the show resolved Simon’s murder, I thought it made a lot more sense than the resolution from the book and was a lot more interesting. The first season left off on a serious cliff-hanger as well, so I’m looking forward to seeing Season 2 (which it has already been renewed for).
TV or Book Judgement:
TV! I can imagine that those who liked the book more than I did may have had some issues with the changes that were made in the adaptation, but I felt a lot of the changes resolved problems that I’d had with the book, and I found the characters more engaging on screen than I did in the book.
That’s all for this month’s Book Vs Movie, I’ll be back next month with another one, talking about 13 Reasons Why and it’s Netflix adaptation.