No spoilers ahead.
I think I arrived a bit late on the Normal People bandwagon. To people who haven’t seen the show, please watch it as it’s phenomenal. For the rest, this is one of the groundbreaking shows that come once in a lifetime. I didn’t want to hype it up for muggles.
Sally Rooney’s believes in placing characters in a room and letting them speak for themselves. She also said in one of her interviews that she deletes far more than what gets in the book. The result is perfectly etched conversations between Connell and Marianne throughout the show. There is some kind of magic in the air when both of them are together. When they are not, the searing pain of separation transcends the laptop screen.
By being privy to their almost-clandestine relationship, viewers are sold to the idea that they know the two characters better than anyone. Beyond closed doors, Marianne and Connell become uninhibited not only through their clothes but through their thoughts as well. The confessions they make to each other can be weird, amusing, and at times so wholesome. Yet there are times when both of them struggle with expressing what they really feel. These emotions are veiled with painful silences, which are many in this show. Their relationship often bears the brunt of societal pressure, class difference, and their own lack of self-worth. Marianne and Connell constant tussle between who they really are and who they want to portray is something that every millennial can relate to.
There is a relatively high quotient of deeply sad moments during the show but at the same time it celebrates coming-of-age story of Marianne and Connell. Both the characters have deep flaws and they have their own journey with them. They grow apart and they grow together but feeling of longing persists.
All these years they’ve been like two little plants sharing the same plot of soil, growing around one another, contorting to make room, taking certain unlikely positions
Viewers gets to witness a transformational journey of two passionate lovers to two generous lovers. The journey takes you through darkest and loneliest caves of human soul to warm and comfy feeling of home.
There are some astute observations sprinkled across the show —
It’s money, though, isn’t it? The substance that makes the world real. It’s so corrupt and sexy.
I feel like I’m walking around trying on a hundred different versions of myself. It’s just not working. Then I think about home, and school. I can’t connect this life and that. It just doesn’t fit.
Just because people treat you badly at times, and I include myself in that, by the way, it doesn’t mean you deserve to be treated badly.
A lot of people love you and care about you.
One of the best scenes depicting their chemistry—