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Nine Perfect Strangers | 9 differences between the series and the book


Nine Perfect Strangers, new series from Amazon Prime, adapts the book Nine Unknowns in Liane Moriarty, known for her work that inspired the production of HBO Big Little Lies.

See more: Nine Perfect Strangers | All about the miniseries based on the book by Liane Moriarty

Like any adaptation, the series has its differences with the original work, which work to make it more plausible for television. Nine Perfect Strangers I have some, see 9 of the main differences between the series and the book:

Beware, it contains spoilers for the following two works

9no shooting

On the Serie, But have (Nicole Kidman) says his death experience was from being shot in the parking lot. In the book, Masha was a powerful businesswoman who had a heart attack while working. Yao (manny hyacinth) was one of the paramedics, on her first day on the job. By the way, she was quite chubby at the time and had a heart attack for eating too poorly and working too hard, having the attack on her desk in her office. She worked as the director of global operations for a multinational that produced dairy products.

Interestingly, in the book, who is shot dead in a parking lot is Masha's father.

8nothing silent

The book presents a technique of silence at the very beginning of the retreat, as a technique of Masha (Nicole Kidman) to make each member look only inwardly, and also to avoid conversation between strangers, claiming that it can hinder their progress.

It's not just silence that she imposes, they can't touch each other, maintain eye contact, or use any direct distractions like reading books. The measure lasted for the first few days, which, of course, almost no one fully respected. Each guest had their own schedule and a general curfew was given at 9 pm.

7Lars is not a journalist

In the series, Lars (Luke Evans) is a journalist investigating what happens at the retreat, which helps a lot with the events of the plot. But in the book he has another profession, he's a divorce lawyer who usually does one retreat a year and ends up there for that.

Even having the same problem in the relationship for not wanting a child when her husband does, he is not separated in the book, just estranged after another fight over the matter.

6Drugs for more screen time

Masha's dubious treatment utilizes a microdosing of drugs in both works, but uses much more in the series than in the book. This is because in the series the treatments are more fragmented, when in reality the cocktail with psychedelics is given only at the end of Masha's famous "protocol", she puts everyone in the meditation room to enjoy the effects of the drugs while they meditate.

It is also at this moment that everyone has, together, realistic dreams (which are quite different from those shown in the series) that change their perceptions about themselves. And it gives the hook for the ending and the turn in Masha's personality.

5Ben and Jessica

Jessica (Samara Weaving) and Ben (Melvin Gregg) win the lottery in both works, but there are some differences in how they appear on screen.

Jessica is physically different, described as a redhead, with a very thin waist and full breasts, which are actually silicone. One of the biggest problems in her marriage to Ben is that she's had so many cosmetic procedures to move out that he no longer recognizes his plastic-laden wife.

Ben has a sister with a drug problem, which destroys his family and peace for all. They've tried to help in every way and she always goes back to drugs, being arrested and having several and various consequences. It's a big problem for Ben in the book.

4Yao's story

Yao is important in the series, but very little explored. He also doesn't appear so much in the literary work, but he gains a certain background to his personality. A rookie paramedic who witnessed Masha's case, he was quite insecure and took her word for it with all his faith, giving up his whole life to pursue his dream of creating the Tranquillum. But he doesn't really have a relationship with her, just an attraction. By the way, neither he nor Delilah have any carnal relationship with her.

Yao had a serious abandonment issue, feeling abandoned by his paramedic mentor when he transferred from work and soon after by his fiancée, who decided out of the blue that the relationship wasn't working. But it all ended well, at the very end of the book he is arrested by the events, serves two years in prison, finds his fiancee again, marries and has a child with her.

3Smiling Hogburn

Tony (Bobby Cannavale) is a former football player who ended his life after his career ended. Its representation is very similar in both works, but some details are lost in the series. First is his nickname, which even briefly mentioned, doesn't explain a funny part of the book, which Frances quickly notices. His nickname was given because of his personality as a player, who had a beautiful smile, which he lives displaying and to leave it well marked, he got a tattoo of a smiling face on his buttocks.

He's also not a drug addict like the TV production is, just an alcoholic. And that dog always mentioned, it's because part of his trauma, after losing his career and separating from his wife, was the death of his dog, which he takes time to get over and ends up accepting a new puppy only after the retreat.

2Carmell more complicated

The series puts a much more complicated plot to carmell (Regina Hall), which plays a much smaller role in the book, but no less interesting. While in the series she pursues Masha, who only suffers threats in this production, in the literary work she is just a woman with problems for being exchanged.

But the depth of this common character is very great. She carries the common insecurities of women who give up their lives to take care of children and lose their personality. In addition to emphasizing that they are raised hearing that “if the man leaves, it is because he did not know how to hold on” and showing how dangerous it is for the psychological to leave himself aside.

She wasn't cheated on in the book, her husband just ended the marriage and went after another. And its ending is one of the coolest of the work, where she ends up allying with her ex's new wife, who offers help to take care of the children while she pursues her new career. In her words, she gets a new wife.

1Poetic license at the end

Several things were switched in the series finale, which work, in a completely different way. For starters, Masha has a pretty crazy moment after locking everyone in the meditation room when they finish the aforementioned practice. She followed by video everything that was happening and communicated in the same way. After using a larger dose of drugs, he comes into conflict with his old self, returning to his old ways, changes the protocol, silks Yao so as not to interrupt the plans and fakes the fire.

Another big change is his motivation in the series, that whole narrative about trying to see his daughter again and using the Marconis for that doesn't exist, nor does the man who died in the previous attempt. His daughter was also modified, in the original it was a son, still a baby, who hung himself from the curtain rope while Masha took 5 minutes longer to see him, finishing her work.

In her personal outcome, it is also discovered that she had another child soon after leaving her husband, with whom she does not want to have any connection and abandoned him. Your ex was trying to get in touch to let you know that they now have a grandchild.



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