Calling all Sally Rooney fans!
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“It was a relationship and also not a relationship. We developed a joke about it, which was meaningless to everyone including ourselves: what IS a friend? We would say humorously. What IS a conversation?” . 👄 . Sally Rooney has been the most ubiquitously praised and recommended author this year, both for this and for Normal People, and I’ve been so looking forward to it that I’ve been guilty of ‘saving it’ indefinitely. SO I decided it would be my first book of 2019, and had the pleasure of reading it in two big chunks whilst staying (walking, drinking and feasting) in lovely Wales. Well. It’s like, really good, isn’t it? . 👄 . Although they broke up a while ago, Frances and Bobbi still come as a pair. Young students performing poetry and socialising together, Frances feels she is the less charming, the less intelligent, the less interesting, emotional, beautiful. But when the two end up at the house of married couple Melissa and Nick, the four ‘friends’ become intricately involved with each other. Frances will be forced to admit she isn’t an emotional blank slate after all, and that her ironic witticism can hurt herself and others deeply. . It’s tricky to put your finger on quite why this book has the almost universal emotional impact it does. For me, one of the things which stood out was definitely Frances’ voice, which is understated but glitters with irony and pathos, and gradually reveals the tempests hidden under the surface. But it’s also the way Rooney dissects these ideas of how everyone interprets others in their own way, the impact you can unwittingly have on others, or conversely, those you are unable to influence no matter how hard you try. . Frances’ detached, deliberate avoidance of talking about her thoughts and feelings in case she somehow won’t live up to being interesting or witty enough is something that will stay with me for a long time. I suspect I’ll end up saving Normal People for an equally long time. . 👄 . #conversationswithfriends #normalpeople #sallyrooney #faberandfaber #bookreview #bookstagram #readingspot #snowdonia #readingrecommendations #booksofinstagram #bookcover #bookquotes
When we first heard that Sally Rooney’s ‘Normal People’ was being adapted for the screens, the excitement was almost too much. Now, before Normal People has even been released, there’s even more good news. BBC has signed up to create an adaptation of Sally’s first book, ‘Conversations With Friends’.
The 12 part series will tell the story of two college students from Dublin, Frances, and Bobbi, and the unexpected friendship they have with married couple, Melissa and Nick.
Irish film-maker Lenny Abrahamson who has directed Normal People is also directing Conversations With Friends. Talking about the new book adaptation, the director said to Grazia, “I love Conversations With Friends, its depth, humour, and freshness, and it’s an honour to be involved in bringing it to the screen.”
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‘Friends’, that eponymous word with a multitude of contrived meanings. There’s a lot of ownership in this word, often unfounded ownership too. These are people we have cherry picked from the crop and decided to assuage our propriety to. . Beneath the propriety though, there lurks fear and insecurity. The fear of being replaced and the insecurity of being less than. At 21, our emotional radar is hyper sensitive, it picks up what is not said faster than what is. Conversations then, are like those cloaked ghosts, that are always there, even when they’re not. While nothing is being said or heard, even then, a lot is. It is in the knitted brows and the clenched fists, in the absent minded doodles and the intentional one night stands. The truth is, we are never as lonely as we are, after we’ve made a friend. Because it is only then that we truly understand this screeching desire to be desired. . Sally Rooney held this throbbing fragile life form called desire and held it so well. This frail easily wounded creature that can only live off of others and is often found hungry. There’s an understanding in her characters and a pathos to their behaviour that is piercingly accurate. Rooney’s gift to her reader is in her not giving any answers. That startling sameness to the way people differ from each other, it appears Rooney knows it too well. And while you can attempt to draw parallels from it, you cannot understand it. At least not absolutely. . While this was my second Rooney outing, it is definitely the one I’m going to remember more. Probably because, here, unlike Normal People, the characters and their emotional landscapes found a home in me. I could relate to the self destruction and the resulting indignation in the wake of that damage. Let’s just say, I found the people in this one, more normal than those in normal people. . Conversations with friends says so much in the margins and between the lines, that the beauty of its title is in the misnomer that it is. . #bookstagram #conversationswithfriends #sallyrooney #bookstoread #booksofig #bookstagramindia #friendships #coffeewithfriends #readersofinstagram #bookflatlay #booksandcoffee #booksmendbrokenhearts
He continued, “I’m particularly happy that my connection to Sally and her work is set to continue. Making Normal People has been a singular pleasure and I’m excited to be working with the same brilliant team again on Conversations With Friends.”
We’ll be waiting a little longer for Conversations With Friends, but Normal People will be airing on BBC this year.
Check out the trailer below.