Hello! As many of you have heard the book, ‘You’ has become a TV series. I thought I would put my thoughts into both perspectives of the book and TV show instead of just a book review. The book is pretty similar to the tv series, however, there are add-ins and a different view on the story itself between them.
‘You’ is about a man named Joe who is a stalker and once he meets Beck, an aspiring writer in college, he becomes obsessed with her; he stalks all of her social media accounts and those in her life as well. He follows her around, and watches her through her own house, and meets her again by “chance”. As he becomes more in her life, he wants to control it to the best as he can and eliminates the people who get in his way.
I have a lot of mixed feelings within these two types of media concepts of this storyline. I really like the approach that the Author took about having Joe as the narrator but also using the second person to describe Beck. I enjoyed watching the show because it was interesting to see how everything was played out, however, I think it was over dramatized for TV, and I think it took away the creepy aspect and made it be less of Joe’s mind and more involved with their relationship as a whole, that it made me forget his obsession with her a lot of the time. While I was reading it, it was Joe’s perspective the entire time so his thoughts at times were kind of disturbing the read about so it reminded me a lot of his intentions.
I really liked how the show was focusing more on Beck’s writing and I thought it was interesting and added more of her character. In the book, Beck was complaining about how she had writing to do, but I never read anything about her actual writing. I realized that in the tv show, there was more of Joe and Beck’s relationship and spending time together rather than in the book, which made me feel less like Joe needed to be with Beck like it deemed he should have been.
I feel as though the book had Beck bail on Joe multiple times in the fact that it made a clear statement that she wasn’t interesting all too much from the beginning because they went out for a while but Beck got caught up with everyone but him. Once Peach died, they connected once again, but the relationship spark wasn’t there; it was more of them just having sex. While in the tv show, there was a greater amount of time spent with each other that it almost seemed weird when Beck was bailing on Joe until we actually find out the truth of what else she’s been doing, so I think either way it’s a little confusing to look at.
I have come up with a list of similarities and differences I saw throughout the book and the TV series, let me know if I’m wrong, or if you would like to add anything:
- Blythe is still a student that Beck goes to school with
- Joe still has a relationship with Karen
- Dr. Nicky still had a relationship with Beck
- Paco and his mother/boyfriend aren’t characters in the book
- Ethan was a character at the beginning of the show not hired later on, from the book
- There isn’t a Curtis in the book
- Ethan is in a relationship with Annika; Annika is not in the book only Chana
- Chana(Annika) and Lee don’t really hang out with Peach in the book like they do in the show
- The TV series is more writer based, and also dramatized more
- The TV series also pays more attention to all the characters rather than just the main two characters
- Candace is mentioned right away in the book, and we know Joe killed her; Candace is briefly mentioned throughout the show and apparently, she’s still alive
- The book has less of them being in a relationship than in the show
- The professor “thing” is only briefly mentioned in the book
- Joe jumps out of the window instead of hiding in the shower
- Joe goes to the hospital after the police officer finds him in the book, instead of sending the cop on his way in the show
- Benji is pretty much the same, there are a few scenes of the interacting, doesn’t show but briefly mentions his death, not even showing what he did with his body
- Beck still died at the end, Dr. Nicky was not blamed for her death
- They didn’t have sex until halfway through the book, but still had a lot after then, even at the end of the book while she’s in the cage
- Peach is still in love with Beck, has physical copies of pictures instead of her laptop
- Joe broke into Peach’s house and followed her, but it was all briefly mentioned in the book
- Beck and Joe didn’t see each other at the Dicken’s festival in the book
- Mr. Mooney is old but still aware unlike in the show where he can’t talk or anything
- Joe and Beck hardly live together in the book, he never makes her pancakes unlike in the show
- Joe and Beck don’t really start a relationship until Peach dies; Beck is continuously bailing on Joe for most of the book
- Beck does work with Joe only for a little while
- The cage is still used as it was in both book and tv show
As a result, I have to say that I liked the book better than the TV show because I feel as though it gave a better feel for what the author was trying to convey about the characters feelings, however, I did give the book a 3.5 out 5 stars, because thought it was lacking in some areas where it didn’t fulfill the expectations that I had. I will say the show was still very entertaining to watch, so if given the chance, I’d probably watch the show over reading the book because the show was more enjoyable to watch rather than to read about because the TV series had the aspect which there was a lot more happening.