Daisy Jones & The Six | What are the differences between book and series?

Pete Loving, important character from Taylor Jenkins Reid's book, is not in the Amazon Prime Video adaptation

The last episodes of Daisy Jones & The Six arrived in the catalog of Amazon Prime Video. And just like me, you must have noticed some differences between the book and the series, right? Some were missed, others added depth. Although some loved it and others turned their noses up, we need to understand that they are different platforms and, therefore, the richness of details that we read in the original work, would not have so much space in a series designed for TV. That said, let's get to the most important differences.

Read too: Review | Daisy Jones & The Six - Season 1

1. Peter Loving Was Cut And Chuck Williams Didn't Die

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Josh Whitehouse is Eddie Roundtree in Daisy Jones & The Six / Playback

The most striking difference that messes with the title, because the band The Six is composed of six members in the book, namely: Billy and Graham Dunne, Eddie Loving, Warren Rhodes, Peter Loving and Karen Sirko. However, for some bizarre and inexplicable reason, we don't get a small screen version of Pete. Weirdly, we see that the character of Eddie is a fusion of Peter and the original Eddie. In the original work, Eddie joins the band with the mission of temporarily replacing guitarist Chuck Williams, who died after being enlisted in the Vietnam War. Already in the adaptation, Chuck leaves the band to enter the university of dentistry. 

The solution found was to consider Camila as an “honorary member”, since she is always with her husband in the first rehearsals and shows. In the adaptation he is a bass player – in the book he is a rhythm guitarist – and has had a secret crush on Camila since he was a child.

2. The period is different on the small screen…

The eponymous book written by Taylor Jenkins Reid was published in 2019, and it is understood that the interviews took place close to the publication of the work. That is, between 2016 and 2019, with the protagonists aged close to 70 years. However, the adaptation decided to shorten the period difference between the end of the Daisy Jones & The Six and the documentary about the band in 20 years. In relation to this, there is a problem: the make-up and all the aging work done by the actors was not good.

3. How did Billy and Camila meet?

In the book, when the Dunne brothers perform at a wedding, Billy notices a waitress at the hotel bar: Camila. “You could tell just by looking at her that she wasn't taking shit from anyone.” He asks for her number and says, “My name is Billy Dunne. I'm the lead singer of the Dunne Brothers. And if you give me your number, I'll write a song about you.” And the rest, they say, was history.

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Camila in the laundry room talking to Billy / Reproduction

In the series, however, their date is different: in a laundromat, Billy and Camila are doing the laundry. Billy notices Camila, and she walks over and asks him, "Excuse me, are you—?" And he stops her and replies, "I am, yes, Billy Dunne, nice to meet you." She responds, "I was going to say, are you using that basket?" Billy, embarrassed, hands over a laundry basket and says, "so you don't know who I am?"

The future Camila narrates: “Of course I knew who he was, are you kidding me? Every girl in Hazelwood knew Billy Dunne – and not because he was in a band.”

4. Karen Karen or Karen Sirko, that is the question

In the book, when Karen meets Graham, he mishears her and her nickname "Karen Karen" sticks when she joins the band. In the adaptation she is British and never goes by "Karen Karen". A shame, as it would have been cool to see it in the series.

5. Teddy Price: an unexplained myth 

In Reid's novel, The Six perform at the Troubadour (it actually exists). Rod, the band's manager, says: “I saw Teddy Price standing in the back, listening. I didn't know him before, but I knew he was a producer for Runner Records. We had some mutual friends. After the show, he came over and found me, said, 'My assistant heard you guys at PJ's. I told him I would come listen.

So in the book, when Billy and the band come offstage, Rod introduces them to Teddy Price. Billy says he's a "tall, fat guy in a suit" with an "upper class British accent". Warren also describes him as “ugly as sin. A face only a mother could love.” Karen says, “That's the glory of being a man. A frown is not the end of you.”

However, the series has toned down a bit. In the adaptation available in the Amazon Prime catalog, Teddy is played by Tom Wright, who is neither fat, nor tall, nor ugly, nor does he speak with an aristocratic British accent. And although his race is not mentioned in the book, he is not described as a black man. Showrunner Scott Neustadter told T&C that, for the series, they took inspiration from Quincy Jones and Tom Wilson.

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Teddy is played by Tom Wright / Playback

“The thing about the Teddy character that I loved so much was the father figure of the band, and Billy in particular,” says Neustadter. Adds executive producer Brad Mendelson: "When you see Tom Wright, he steals every scene, he's amazing."

There are also some key differences about where Teddy's relationship with Billy and Daisy comes from. In the adaptation, it is Daisy whom Teddy discovers at the Troubadour, when she plays a song during Simone's set. Furthermore, it is Billy who approaches Teddy. One night at a convenience store, Billy introduces himself and says that Teddy is the reason he bought a guitar. Teddy isn't interested in Billy's proposition, saying he doesn't make that kind of music, but is eventually won over and gives Billy his business card.

6. Teddy is the one who sends Billy to rehab

In Reid's novel, Teddy Price appears after Camila gives birth to Julia. She asks Teddy to talk to Billy, saying, “Tell him he can start being a father this second or he'll go to rehab. Now." In the series, this exchange is not portrayed between Teddy and Camila – instead, it is presented as Teddy not giving Billy the option. Billy cries to Teddy and says he can't find his son, saying, "I can't let her find me like this." Teddy finally yells at him, saying, "Get the hell out of my car," but lets him in and takes him straight to rehab.

7. Daisy Jones never taped First on the series nor opened for The Six

Obviously, the timeline between the two cores needed to be condensed for better use. Instead of Daisy having her own album and later appearing on The Six's SevenEightNine record, her first recording is for SevenEightNine.

Like the book, SevenEightNine features “Honeycomb”, the first duet between Billy and Daisy. The origin of the song in the TV version of Daisy Jones and the Six is a little different: Teddy shows it to Daisy and asks, "What would you do with it?" The lyrics Reid writes in the book for "Honeycomb" also change in the series (as do the lyrics to all the songs).

Furthermore, Daisy has never opened for Six on show – she joins them once onstage at a concert in Hawaii before formally joining the band.

8. Simone's sexuality

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Simone and Bernie enjoying their relationship in New York / Reproduction

Simone plays a much bigger role in the series which was really nice because in the book she is already a darling and in the series we see more of her career and her sexuality being explored more. the show, and her career and her weirdness are explored. In the adaptation, we see Simone understand her whole story and fall in love with Bernie (Ayesha Harris) which makes Simone's song a hit at an underground gay club in New York City.

09. Camila is a photographer and makes the cover of Aurora 

In the series, Camila becomes a photographer – and her career starts when she accidentally photographs the cover of the Aurora album while Daisy and Billy argue about their kiss. And unlike the book, Daisy isn't braless for the cover. The opening credits are actually from Camila's perspective.

10. When Rolling Stone goes down in history

In the book, Jonah Berg, a journalist for Rolling Stone, is critical of two different plot points: Daisy joining the band and Daisy and Billy starting to hate each other. In the series, the Rolling Stone profile of Daisy Jones & the Six only happens once, and Jonah Berg is on set during the album's filming - that's when Daisy and Billy say all the terrible things about each other that they say in the book, and things turn sour before the Aurora tour.

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The journalist was very convincing and remembered the feature film “Almost Famous” / Reproduction

11. Billy kisses Daisy

We don't know if this has already happened in the book – there's a dispute between whether they actually kissed or not – but it definitely happens in the adaptation, before Daisy records “More Fun to Miss”. 

12. When Graham and Karen get together

Graham and Karen spend a day at the beach, and when they return home, they sleep together for the first time – perhaps spurred on by Karen's jealousy of Graham's then-girlfriend. In Reid's novel, Karen and Graham sleep together for the first time while on tour. In the book, they keep their romance a secret for as long as possible. In the series, Karen reveals to the rest of the band about her relationship with Billy's brother.

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Ahhh, a couple that didn't make it and I rooted for them so much / Reproduction

13. The “affair” between Eddie and Camila

In episode six, it is implied that Camila and Eddie sleep together. Eddie, it turns out, had been in love with Camila since they were kids. “I would choose you above everyone else,” Eddie tells her. Narrating years later, Camila says, “There were so many secrets. I think I only needed one of mine.”

This does not happen in the original work. It's something that heightens Eddie's resentment of Billy in the series. “I feel like it was a bit of a sad thing, really, because she doesn't stay with him, and he's wanted her so badly all his life. And really Billy, I think Billy doesn't really appreciate Camila as much as he should. [Or as much] as Eddie," Suki Whitehouse told Us Weekly about the storyline.

Read too: Review | Daisy Jones & The Six

14. Daisy goes to Greece, not Thailand and Italy

In the book, after finishing Aurora, Daisy runs away to Thailand, where she meets Nicky, and then they go to Italy. Then she returns to tour. In the series, she lands in Greece.

15. Nicky is Irish

In the book, Nicky, i.e. Niccolo, is a prince, and when Daisy marries him on a whim in Rome, she becomes a princess. In the show, Nicky is Irish, who is said to be part of the aristocracy but has no title. He's still a bad influence on Daisy, in terms of his drug use, but not nearly as terrible as he is in the books.

16. Billy finds Daisy after her overdose

At the end of episode eight, Daisy overdoses and nearly dies. In the book, she wakes up with Nicky and decides to leave him. She narrates, “Although I had no idea if I overdosed or not or what exactly happened that night, I could tell he was really freaked out. And all he did was put me in the shower.” In the adaptation, Nicky panics and leaves, it is Billy who finds Daisy.

"I loved that change," Keough told Deadline. “I thought it was so deeply moving to have Billy find Daisy and Billy being the one who was there for her in that moment and not Nicky. It kind of says a lot of things that they can't say to each other, that Billy can't say to Daisy."

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A toxic and rotten guy, sad for Daisy / Reproduction

17. SNL performance degrades differently

In the book, the band's appearance on Saturday Night Live is a turning point; that's when Daisy realizes she was in love with Billy. It's also the section where Billy narrates, “Everything that made Daisy burn, made me burn. Everything I loved in the world, Daisy loved in the world. Everything I struggled with, Daisy struggled with.” In the series, they don't go to the after-party, because during SNL, Teddy had a heart attack - but survived. (He dies in the book.)

In the adaptation, her big emotional performance takes place in Pittsburgh, the hometown of the Six.

18. Billy's Relapse

In the book, Billy admits to having drunk half of it, before narrating: "I put the glass down". In the series, he has a full and complete relapse on the day of the final performance. He gets drunk, which hasn't happened since the first tour.

He later talks about going to rehab again.

19. Camila watching the final show, and Billy leaving to look for her

Billy fails to complete the series' final performance of "Honeycomb" - and walks offstage to reconcile with Camila. That doesn't happen in the book. In the novel, the performance continues without much drama – any drama takes place after the show ends, and no martial drama is implied. (Again, no Eddie affair plot in the book.)

20. Julia's Revelation

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Julia is the historian of the series and in the book / Reproduction

In Reid's novel, readers learn that Julia is the oral historian when she is talking to Daisy; in the series, this revelation happens to his father, Billy.

21. No twins

In the book, Billy and Camilla have three daughters: Julia, and later the twins Susana and Maria. The twins do not exist in the series, a pity.

22. The final scene

The novel ends with a letter that Camila writes to her daughters: “Hi girls, I need your help. After I'm gone, give your dad a break. And then please tell him to call Daisy Jones. Her number is in my address book in the second drawer of my bedside table. Tell your dad I said, at the very least, you both owe me a song. With love, mother."

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In fact, Billy goes to Daisy's house and the series ends / Playback

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