‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ had a major identity crisis


Hulu has recently had a winning streak, with many of its shows receiving positive reviews. The streamer hit gold with Nine Perfect Strangers, his original mini-series based on a novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty. The show is Moriarty’s second adaptation and, as such, has drawn comparison with the highly successful Big little lies. Even if Nine Perfect Strangers does whatever it takes, from its cast to its script, the series suffers from a major identity crisis that strays from the book in more ways than one. Here’s how.

The scenery of the show

Nine Perfect Strangers has a plot almost similar to The white lotus in that it involves nine wealthy people enrolling in a retreat to try to wean themselves from some form of trauma. At the center of it all is health and wellness guru Masha Dmitrichenko played by Nicole Kidman, whose Russian accent seems straight out of the Cold War era.

In Moriarty’s books, “Nine Perfect Strangers” takes place in a remote location in Australia while the show portrays Tranquillum House, the health and wellness center, is located in California in a wooded area called Cabrillo.

Moriarty had a different aesthetic in mind for the Tranquillum house

In an interview with Architectural summary, Nine Perfect Strangers Decorator Glen W. Johnson said the Tranquillum house is meant to exude a “mid-century modern Zen vibe.” The house has strategically positioned geometric windows that overlook extensive lush greenery filling the space with light. In addition, the modern furnishings of the Tranquillum House are brand new.

However, Moriarty had a different view of the house. In the book, one of the characters describes the iconic house as a Victorian mansion built in 1840, describing it as a “three story sandstone with a red corrugated iron roof and a princess tower.” In the novel, the interior of the house has a “red cedar and rosewood staircase” that resembles the Titanic and the stained glass windows.

Masha’s almost fatal experience is different in the book

Nicole Kidman | Axelle / Bauer-Griffin / FilmMagic

Even if Nine Perfect Strangers has taken liberties with several aspects of the book and the plot, one main character remains almost the same. Kidman’s character, Masha, is the same in the book and the TV show in that she takes a different career path by becoming a wellness guru of a business executive after her experience. of imminent death.

Either way, Masha dies and is miraculously resurrected. The only thing the adaptation did differently with Masha was the circumstances surrounding her exit from her highly influential corporate job and her transition to the wellness lifestyle.

On screen, viewers see Masha almost meeting her creator after one of her many enemies shoots her in the parking lot. In the book, Masha almost died because of her life choices. Moriarty describes Masha as an “overweight middle aged woman” who smokes a lot and ignores other aspects of her life that are outside of her job description.

An overworked and exhausted employee, she had a seizure in her office and went into cardiac arrest. Likewise, the show exaggerates Masha’s life, with the writers adding several subplots to make for a thrilling television, such as the death threats Masha receives constantly.

In Moriarty’s books, there is no mention of Masha having received death threats, as her near-death experience does not also involve a shooting.

Different additions to the story for some characters

In Moriarty’s book, Lars Lee isn’t the sarcastic reporter we see on Nine Perfect Strangers. Instead, it’s a family lawyer attending the retreat, hoping to find some space between himself and his 15-year-old partner.

Likewise, Tony Hogburn, portrayed as a divorced drug addict is not the same version found in the novel. Aside from his career-ending accident and divorce, the series added various elements to Tony’s character, such as his drug addiction and bar fight to make the character more attractive.

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