Netflix recently released their own interpretation of the book The Red Parts by Maggie Nelson. The Red Parts describes Ms. Nelson’s experience of the brutal murder of her aunt, who was killed by her long-time partner, who then proceeded to commit suicide the next day (Spoilers). While Netflix’s Piece of Her does follow the same general story line as Nelson’s book, there are many differences between these two mediums that may lead you to prefer one over the other, depending on your particular tastes and preferences. Here are some points to consider before deciding which version of this story to watch. There are differences between netflix’s Piece of Her and the book

The Differences in Characters


There were some key changes made in adapting Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling novel Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail into a feature film directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and starring Reese Witherspoon.

There are differences between netflix's Piece of Her and the book
There are differences between netflix’s Piece of Her and the book

The Differences in Plotting


Netflix’s new thriller Pieces of Her is based on a novel by Gilly Macmillan. Both books follow Edie, who after leaving her abusive husband seeks revenge against him through obsessive behavior. However, there is more action in Netflix’s film adaptation than in its source material. For example, while both show Edie becoming fixated with another man (Dave), she attacks Dave at his home in Macmillan’s novel whereas Netflix chose to have that altercation take place at an amusement park.

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The Differences in Mood


One difference is that in the book, Eleanor is much more passive than in Netfilx. In Netflix’s version, she has so many thoughts about what she wants to do or thinks needs to be done. The authors did a good job of expressing her feelings through her behavior. This makes Eleanor seem a lot stronger in spirit than she was originally portrayed in You by Charles Green. For example, while they are on vacation with Joe, Emily asks if Eleanor if wants to swim with them but Eleanor decides not to.

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