The Essex Serpent is the newest series on Apple TV+, based on the book of the same name by Sarah Perry and launched in Brazil by Intrinsic Publisher. And as always happens, adaptation has its changes, which can often be positive or negative. So check out the main differences between the book and the series.
Cora Seaborne's Scar
Cora in the book has a scar in the form of leaves, which is the "perfect replica of the silver candlestick leaves" with which her husband hit her. In the series, she has a distant, curved scar resembling a snake on her neck. This was done by her sadistic husband, using a red-hot poker.
The first difference is the character Luke Garrett, the pioneering surgeon and potential suitor for Cora Seaborne. In Sarah Perry's book Luke, his nickname is The Imp, due to its physical size. Also, he is not considered a love interest by Cora.
In the series, the character changes a lot. To start with his more attractive physique, at least at the beginning of the series and it is also presenting a love triangle that develops when Cora spends a little more time with the vicar of Essex.
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Meeting between Cora and Will Ransome
The meeting of the two in the book is quite different. The two when they meet, confuse each other by imagining they are homeless. In the series the two refer to each other as Cora's savagery and Will's rudeness. And when they meet again, they also don't get "hysterical" as in the events of the book.
more humanized characters
Just like Dr. Luke became different and more “humanized”, other characters followed suit. It is the case of Stella Ransome, Interpreted by Clémence Poésy. While throughout the book she finds herself gradually turning blue, this does not happen in the series. According to the actress, “I still kind of turned blue in my head – only nobody knew! And the set was gradually getting very blue. But of course it's a very different thing to have access to each character's internal monologue to write a script to turn it into a movie. So it was quite different.”