Book-to-TV adaptations have always been popular, but I’ve been noticing a resurgence lately.
Just take a look at “The Summer I Turned Pretty” on Amazon Prime this summer. I read those books when I was younger and was so excited for them to come to life, but did not expect the reaction the show got.
My TikTok was dominated by “The Summer I Turned Pretty” for weeks and everyone I knew was watching it. Some of my friends that never pick up a book were asking me to borrow mine because of how much they enjoyed the adaptation, and now they’ve become casual readers because of it!
Everyone may be waiting for Amazon Prime to put out season two this summer, but the wait for their new favorite Prime series is already here.
On March 3, “Daisy Jones & the Six” premiered on Prime Video, and will quickly take the world by storm.
“Daisy Jones & the Six” is based on the book of the same name by Taylor Jenkins Reid.
If you’ve been on “Booktok” or any book side of social media, chances are you have heard of Taylor Jenkins Reid or her next book about to be adapted by Netflix, “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.”
Or maybe you’ve heard of Reese Witherspoon’s book club “Hello Sunshine”? TJR and her books have been featured many times. Witherspoon and “Hello Sunshine” are set to produce “Daisy Jones & the Six,” coming off of the fellow fan-favorite book turned film of “Where the Crawdads Sing.”
The novel features a rock band from the 1970s and their quick rise and fall from fame. The members decide to share the truth decades later, as the novel is written in the form of an interview transcript.
The unique form of writing creates an experience so immersive and convincing, I genuinely thought Daisy Jones & The Six was a real band! And I expect this show to have the same feeling.
Amazon Prime Video’s official synopsis reads, “Based on the best-selling novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Daisy Jones & The Six is a limited musical-drama series detailing the rise and precipitous fall of a renowned rock band. In 1977, Daisy Jones & The Six were on top of the world.”
Fronted by two charismatic lead singers — Daisy Jones and Billy Dunne — the band had risen from obscurity to fame. And then, after a sold-out show at Chicago’s Soldier Field, they called it quits. Now, decades later, the band members finally agree to reveal the truth. This is the story of how an iconic band imploded at the height of its powers.”
Daisy Jones and Billy Dunne will be portrayed by Riley Keough and Sam Claflin, respectively. And I am ready for the Sam Claflin fan resurgence to hit social media. After all, he does seem like the poster boy for book adaptations — just look at his portrayal of Finnick O’Dair in “The Hunger Games” trilogy!
Since “Daisy Jones & the Six” is so heavily featured around a bank and music, Taylor Jenkins Reid actually created her own songs and lyrics to help the plot. Every song mentioned in the book had meaning as well as the lyrics she came up with.
And, those songs are recreated in the show. Keough and Claflin shared how they had to undergo intense vocal training to be able to sing, so be ready for really good music to follow.
In fact, one song is already out on streaming services.
“Regret Me” featuring Keough and Claflin is now available to listen to all on music services and the album, as well as “Aurora” featuring 11 songs.
Without giving too much away, I think Prime Video is going to have another massive hit on its hand with the release of “Daisy Jones & the Six.” I hope you all watch it, and enjoy it, as much as I will!