Read vs. Watch #1 - Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Two cover versions of Celeste Ng's Little Fires Everywhere book



I finally watched the series of Little Fires Everywhere - and I BINGED it, couldn't get enough.

I read the book last year, so I'm not AS up to speed as I would have been watching it back to back, but I felt like it was pretty true to the actual book. Adaptations usually take some liberty with the translation, but I felt like this was kept pretty close to Celeste Ng's o.g. tale.

It's such an intriguing story, and I love how you can always feel this simmering tension below the surface of every interaction. Everything has a double meaning, or intention. There are so many parallels between the characters and their lifestyles, relationships and issues. I thought the book was powerful and fascinating, and I still have vivid images of sections of it.

I thought the casting of the show was well done, especially the younger cast - there were some BIG issues to tackle here - sexuality, race, wanted/unwanted pregnancy, socio-economic class war, identity - just to name a few - and for the most part, they handled it well, I didn't see a lot of overacting there.

I also loved the soundtrack! There were some delightful covers of Alanis Morrissette and Phil Collins, plus all that SWEET, SWEET 90s music 👍

What did YOU think? Did you read AND watch?