EPISODE 12

Normal People Episode 3 with Kelsey Manning

May 6, 2020 - On this episode of The Adaptables, Emma chats about episode 3 of the Normal People adaptation on Hulu and the BBC. She's joined by Kelsey Manning, Senior Marketing Manager at Penguin Random House.

On this episode of The Adaptables, Emma chats about episode 3 of the Hulu and BBC adaptation of Normal People by Sally Rooney. She’s joined by Kelsey Manning, Senior Marketing Manager at Penguin Random House.

Emma and Kelsey discuss what goes down at The Debs, themes, joke, themes, and more.

Marianne gets it, Lorraine gets it, Connall doesn’t get it at all.
—Kelsey Manning

Discussion breakdown:
-Intro and Kelsey’s relationship to the novel (0:40–3:57)
-Episode recap (4:18–5:39)
-Kelsey’s first impressions of the show and the execution of the adaptation (5:39–6:56)
-Marianne’s family dynamic (6:56–8:15)
-Marianne’s transformation and what goes down at The Debs (8:15–9:45)
-The assault on Marianne at the fundraiser (9:45–12:23)
-Do they have a secret relationship, or does everyone know? (12:23–15:59)
-Ode to Lorraine and the one good parent rule (16:00–18:16)
-The breakup over The Debs (18:16–21:34)
-Marianne’s disclosure of her father’s abuse (21:34–25:01)
-Refreshing to see Connell’s tears on TV despite his dumb apology voicemail (26:08–28:06)
-Kelsey on what she’s reading and the book she’d most like to see get adapted (29:50–31:43)

Marianne Fringe Report:
✂ Marianne’s She’s All That /Hermione’s Yule Ball moment and getting noticed at the Debs

The Adaptables is a podcast from Read it Forward and Penguin Random House that dives into your favorite book-to-screen adaptations. This season, we’re watching the Hulu and BBC adaptation of Normal People by Sally Rooney. Join hosts Abbe Wright and Emma Shafer as we interview authors, insiders and each other, about what makes an adaptable great, why watching and reading are important self-care rituals, and the many other books and shows we are binging and loving right now. Because at The Adaptables, we love to watch what we read. (Warning: there will be spoilers.)

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