The Lifetime series “You” that’s recently been picked up by Netflix is based on the novel of the same name by Caroline Kepnes.
In the book, the characters Paco, Claudia, Annika, and Raj don’t exist.
In the TV series, Candace gets a much more prominent backstory and Peach is much more suspicious of Joe.
If you’ve been following the buzz around “You,” odds are you spent the beginning of 2019 working your way through the 10 suspenseful episodes of the thriller series on Netflix or you’ve already watched it all when it first aired on Lifetime.
The series stars Penn Badgley, Elizabeth Lail, Shay Mitchell, and John Stamos. But before it was perhaps one of the buzziest shows of 2019 so far, “You” was (and is) a novel written by Caroline Kepnes.
Published in 2014, “You” was Kepnes debut novel — which she followed up with a sequel titled “Hidden Bodies.” And due to popular demand, Netflix has picked up the psychological thriller for season two, although it won’t follow the second book super closely.
In any book-to-TV adaptation, there are dozens of minute changes to the series that most people would never catch and “You” the series is no different. Thankfully, Kepnes stayed on as a consulting producer for the series, so the changes made to the overall story were (hopefully) made with her approval.
Here are a few of the biggest differences between “You” the TV series and “You” the novel.
Warning: Post contains spoilers for both the “You” TV series and novel.
Joe Goldberg’s neighbors do not exist in the book.
Although prominently featured on the TV series, Joe’s neighbors Ron, Claudia, and Paco are not present in the book. These characters, let alone their names or storylines, are nowhere to be found in the 425-page book.
Their tragic storyline was completely made for the TV series — in the book, there’s no beating from Ron (in fact, Joe gets beat by a former employee, Curtis, in the book on page 259), there are no hospital visits or drug overdoses to humanize Joe, and there is definitely no Paco for Joe to look after.
In the book, Benji never killed anyone.
On the TV series, Benji is the owner of an artisanal soda company. In the book, Benji is actually the proud owner of an “organic club soda company that symbolizes everything bad about right now.”
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Source:: Business Insider