Virtual Book Club – Week 2 – Book vs. TV Show

Welcome back to our virtual book club! Find the first post here. Each week on Sunday, we’ll be posting discussion questions for Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. 

For this week’s book club, I’d like to talk a little bit about the Hulu adaptation of Little Fires Everywhere versus the book.

Has anyone watched it? What did you think? I’m sure a lot of us (including myself, of course) have been spending a lot of time watching TV and reading, so let’s chat! 

  • First, the casting: did you think that the casting director did well? Does Reese Witherspoon fit Mrs. Richardson? In looks, demeanor, acting? Is Kerry Washington a good Mia Warren? 
  • As for the show itself, do you think that it is a good adaptation of the book so far? Do you like or dislike the changes that the show has made to the story? 
  • This one isn’t book-related, but I’m curious: what do you think of how Hulu is releasing this show: in the old-style episodic format, where they release an episode a week? Would you rather binge the whole thing at once? 

As always, keep comments courteous and civil. We can’t wait to hear what you have to say! 

Check back next Sunday for more discussion questions!

5 thoughts on “Virtual Book Club – Week 2 – Book vs. TV Show

  1. Dori April 7, 2020 / 1:42 pm

    Ok so I haven’t read the book but I’m watching the series – and I really like when the shows are weekly – especially now it gives you something to look forward to!

  2. Mary April 7, 2020 / 3:45 pm

    I think Reese Witherspoon has nailed the part of Mrs. Richardson! Her looks, her demeanor, her attitude, her passive aggresive behavior, she embodies Mrs. Richardson in my opinion. While reading the book , I did not envision anyone like Kerry Underwood, however, I really like what Kerry has brought to Mia. I think she has made Mia a more a strong, silent type, whereas in the book she seemed a bit more lost and confused. I do think that Hulu has made a very good adaptation of the book, in fact, I am enjoying the show more than I enjoyed the book. Lastly, after watching each episode, I get frustrated with not being able to immediately watch the next episode, however, I am happy that they stuck with old style episodic format, because then I have something new to look forward to in the next week.

    • Mary April 12, 2020 / 5:32 pm

      oops, meant Kerry Washington

  3. Nicole April 10, 2020 / 11:31 am

    I’m also watching the series but haven’t read the book and I must admit I was a little disappointed when I realized I was caught up and had to wait until the next episode aired! I’ve been spoiled by years of binge watching entire series. The show is fabulous so far- unexpected layers of stories about diverse women with dramatically different backgrounds connected by motherhood and ambition. I’m planning on reading the book after watching the show 😉

    • swood12 April 13, 2020 / 2:09 pm

      I’d definitely recommend the book! But I’d agree with you that I like to have the option to binge watch things. It can be frustrating not to be able to immediately start the next episode… but maybe that’s a good thing? Helps with discipline, I suppose!

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