Book vs. TV Show: The Haunting of Bly Manor/Turn of the Screw

Hello, my darling readers!
Last year Netflix dropped a second season to The Haunting of Hill House. Naturally, I was super excited and binged The Haunting of Bly Manor asap. Well, the novella it’s based on has been on my to-read list for ages, so I’m finally catching up!

The Plot (as found on Goodreads):

A very young woman’s first job: governess for two weirdly beautiful, strangely distant, oddly silent children, Miles and Flora, at a forlorn estate…An estate haunted by a beckoning evil.

Half-seen figures who glare from dark towers and dusty windows- silent, foul phantoms who, day by day, night by night, come closer, ever closer. With growing horror, the helpless governess realizes the fiendish creatures want the children, seeking to corrupt their bodies, possess their minds, own their souls…

But worse-much worse- the governess discovers that Miles and Flora have no terror of the lurking evil.

For they want the walking dead as badly as the dead want them.

(For the Netflix adaptation the story is updated a bit and takes place in the 1980s)

Book vs. TV Show:

Okay, so I have a LOT of thoughts on the novella, but I’ll start with the show as I watched it before reading Henry James’s story.

There are a lot of things I tremendously enjoyed about the adaptation. First of all, the casting was amazing and every single one of the actors and actresses delivered. It was cool that several of the cast members we met in The Haunting of Hill House got to return.

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