How does ‘Brilliant Girls’ compare to the book

Warning: spoilers await the AppleTV + series shining girls

After reading Lauren Beukes’ book 2013 psychological thriller film shining girlsAnd Silka Luisa knew she had to try to turn it into a TV show. “[The book is] “It’s a totally unique serial killer-type experience,” Louisa told Time magazine. For the first time, I was seeing a balance between a serial killer and a survivor. It was a really special feeling.” It took five years, but Louisa’s small screen adaptation shining girls Shown for the first time at the end + AppleTV April 29 – And it does so with some changes to its physical source.

The eight-episode limited series is a metaphysical suspense thriller about an aspiring journalist named Kirby (Elizabeth Moss) who now finds herself in an ever-changing reality after surviving a nearly fatal attack years ago. After a young woman is found murdered with injuries similar to hers, Kirby embarks on a journey to find the killer, who was also her attacker. Luisa made modifications to a .’s Tale of Beukes time travel serial killer That might surprise fans of the bestseller, including turning Kirby into the show’s heroine while the novel focused on several female victims, including Kirby, who were injured by the same man. However, the most important elements of the story left it intact. “You can never change the intention of a book,” Creator, Writer, and Producer shining girls She said. “I think Lauren [Beukes] She has a very specific view on the grief and trauma that she delivers and going forward with that was really important.” (Beaux, an executive producer on the project, gave Louisa her blessing when it came to making edits to her story.)

shining girls is a disturbing look at how it works Traumatic Experience Effects It can swing throughout someone’s life, but Luisa hopes viewers will find hope in Kirby’s resilience journey. “I always think of Kirby as a rabbit heart,” she said. “You can be small, and these powers can seem a lot bigger than you, but they keep going against the thing that scares them. They just keep moving forward.”

Below, Louisa discusses what she kept from the novel, what she changed and why she wanted viewers to feel a little confused while watching shining girls.

Making the series more focused on Kirby

Beaux’s novel shining girls Focuses on Harper, a Depression-era time-traveling tramp who kills “Bright Girls,” women who burn brilliantly with potential, in order to survive. Each chapter is told from a different character’s point of view, whether it’s Harper, a brutal serial killer who has been haunting women for several decades in Chicago, or one of his female victims or sole survivor, Kirby. Before Luisa starts writing a file shining girls A pilot of five years ago, she knew she wanted to filter the story through Kirby. “She was the character I connected with the most,” Louisa said.

By allowing the viewer to focus on one character’s point of view, Louisa felt it made the puzzle even stronger. “With one character you see all the pieces of the puzzle,” she said. “You kind of get into this maze with Kirby and you figure out the mystery with her.” The chain shares a little DNA with christopher nolan 2000 movie souvenir, where a man with short-term memory loss (played by Guy Pearce) tries to track down his wife’s killer. Kirby’s confusion over when this happened and the whereabouts of his wife is part of the solution to the show’s biggest mystery. Viewers may find themselves feeling just as confused as Kirby is — and that was intentional. “You have to be with Kirby in this kind of recovery mist,” said Louisa. “You have to understand how hard it is to keep moving forward when you’re constantly falling back.”

Detect the killer in advance

The opening scene of the premiere, taken directly from the book, introduces Harper (Jimmy Bell) as a charismatic, yet deceptive presence, who is undoubtedly the villain in this story. It’s an interesting twist on the traditional murder mystery, where the goal is usually to find the killer, but Luisa argues that shining girls “It’s not addictive, it’s how they do it.” The show’s true mystery is steeped in sci-fi detail: Why does Kirby’s reality keep changing, and what does that have to do with this guy?

What Louisa loved most about Beaux’s book was how it didn’t glorify Harper, but rather focused on the women whose lives he ruined. Writing is never easy mentally retarded [character] “Because I hope they’re too foreign to you,” she joked. She needed Harper to be interesting enough to get viewers interested in him, but “we’re not trying to make a sexy serial killer show that makes him the most interesting character.” She credits Bell with making all the difference to the unmixed personality. “It brought a kind of easy magic,” Louisa said, which might help viewers understand why someone is so drawn to him. “But he’s also very vulnerable and he played insecurity really well,” she added. “It really helped get Harper out. His humanity made him even more unsettling.”

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understand time

Understand how time works shining girls It’s not always easy, especially since its mechanics are slightly different from the book. But Luisa came up with an easy way to think about it. “The only way to understand time is with a thread,” she said. “If Harper is near the end of the thread, his violence spreads forward and affects Kirby wherever she is.” The series shows how survivors of abuse are forever linked to their perpetrator. “Even if you don’t know where they are, even if you don’t know when they are, you are connected to them through this invisible chain,” she said. “The show is about cutting that thread.”

To help keep track of all the jumps in time, Luisa and her writing team have put together a board that outlines each character’s path. “Our approach has been to always keep it subjective and think about it from one personal point of view: What does this person know? What was the minute before them? What are the minutes after?” she said. “Once we did that, it became a lot easier to write the story.”

She said filming the script out of order was the production’s “biggest challenge”. “The show is very focused on detail and so everyone had to be very alert because Kirby’s world changes from moment to moment.”

Thankfully, the star of the show doesn’t seem to have any trouble keeping up with all the time on the go. “I think it was fun for Elisabeth Moss for it to be a performance challenge,” said Louisa. “It’s almost like having Alzheimer’s diseaseYou are experiencing something very comprehensive and isolating. She had to be able to show the slightest changes and how Kirby would deal with it. It was really a pleasure to watch her find out.”

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