It’s a quite known fact in the bookish community that Sally Rooney is not everyone’s cup of tea. Her three novels, Normal People, Conversations With Friends, and her latest release, Beautiful World, Where Are You, have become famous and are widely loved by millions of readers across the world. However, that’s not to say that there aren’t a few readers like me who find it hard to grasp the reason behind this hype. I confess I find it difficult and truly laborious to understand the hype surrounding the author and her books.
I read Normal People last year, and if it’s safe to say, I’ll admit that I didn’t enjoy it. There were a few quotes that I’d get tattooed on my skin in a heartbeat, starting from “I’m not a religious person, but I do sometimes think God made you for me”. Yet, the book itself didn’t do much for me. But that’s just my experience, and I know everybody reads the same book differently. I really wanted to give her books a second chance, but I think I need to wise up before I can really experience these books.
But, for the people who prefer TV series and like Normal People, the latest adaptation of Sally’s book might interest them. Following her book Normal People TV adaptation which quickly became a hit, it was announced that another book of hers would be hitting the screens soon. Conversations With Friends, her debut novel, got a TV adaptation this year.
Sally Rooney & Her Books
Sally Rooney is an Irish author, and the book Conversations With Friends was her debut novel which was released in 2017. The book was published by Faber and Faber, who later also published her 2018 novel Normal People and 2021 novel Beautiful World, Where Are You. Conversations With Friends mainly focuses on two young women who get caught up with an older couple in Dublin’s literary scene. Sally’s writing style is something that asks for your attention and your whole heart as you flip the pages of her books. It’s just the way they are. The books are short and easy to read, but the themes are something that begs your attention and thoughts.
Conversations With Friends Release Date
Conversations With Friends released on 15th May 2022, Sunday is the second adaptation of a Sally Rooney novel. Normal People got a TV adaptation in 2020, in the midst of the pandemic. The Irish miniseries, Conversations With Friends, was developed by Element Pictures for BBC Three and Hulu, the hands behind the award-winning series Normal People. The first season of this miniseries features 12 episodes with a run time of around 25-31 minutes.
The miniseries centers around former lovers turned best friends, Frances and Bobbi. Frances is a 21-year-old university student who performs spoken word her Bobbi. Bobbi is friends with the writer, Melissa. When Bobbi introduces Melissa and Nick, her actor husband, to Frances, it marks the start of their complex relationship. Frances and Nick are drawn to each other, but they are really awkward.
A tale of youth, envy, intimacy, and complex relationships, the Conversations With Friends miniseries has a lot to talk about. The show explores various themes like adultery, emotional dissonance, etc. Despite a huge fan base that Sally Rooney has acquired through her phenomenal books, this new miniseries got a 6.7-star rating on IMDb.
Viewers who spent their time on this show have voiced their thoughts, saying the awkwardness between these characters was too awkward for them to endure. The miniseries even changed a few things that made it hard for the viewers to connect with these characters. Not only that, Glamour even claimed the show to be “a six-hour advertisement for being depressed in Ireland with an Anthropologie aesthetic and an almost surreal abundance of sex scenes.”
Conversations With Friends: Cast & Where To Watch
The main cast of Conversations With Friends includes Alison Oliver as Frances Flynn, Joe Alwyn as Nick Conway, Sasha Lane as Bobbi Connolly, and Jemima Kirke as Melissa Baines. Supporting actors seen in the miniseries are Alex Murphy, Caoimhe Coburn Gray, Justine Mitchell, Tommy Tiernan, Kerry Fox, Tadhg Murphy, Sallay Garnett, and Emmanuel Okoye.