I am really late to using streaming services for TV and movies. I still have cable and I still very much enjoy using it — and I’m not ashamed!
But, Hulu had a holiday sale at the end of 2020, making their monthly subscription $2/month for a year. I signed up and there’s sooooo much stuff on there to watch.
Because I still watch a lot of shows on regular cable, though, it takes me a little bit to make room for the shows exclusive to streaming. But last week, I finished watching “Looking for Alaska” which is a Hulu exclusive.
The show is based off a book of the same name by John Green. I love all of his books but this one holds a special place in my heart. I remember hearing that the book was sold to make a movie and I was so excited.
But then it fell through and I later heard that it would be a TV series. And then I felt like I never heard anything else about it. So, when I logged onto Hulu and was browsing to see what I should watch, I gasped when I saw it!
I think I was holding off on watching it, though, because I was scared I wasn’t going to like it… and (not a spoiler alert), but the story is pretty sad and I wasn’t sure I could deal with it.
But, I finally started watching it and was hooked from episode one.
“Looking for Alaska” is eight episodes, with each episode being between 30-40 minutes long. The story focuses on Miles Halter — aka “Pudge” — as he searched for his very own “great perhaps.” He starts his journey at Culver Creek Boarding School where he meets a nearly-instant group of new friends including the Colonel and Alaska.
Alaska is one of those girls that changes everything — and everyone — she meets. And Pudge is no exception to this rule. With a new group of friends and challenging studies, Culver Creek just might be Pudge’s very own great perhaps.
But his life will always be marked by a single incident; there’s the life he had before it and the life he’ll have after it. Both changed forever.
The Hulu adaptation is VERY close to the book. At first, I wasn’t so sure, but it’s been many years since I read the book, so I figured I could be simply forgetting.
As I kept watching, I remembered specific parts from the book that were indeed in the show. Once I finished watching the show, I pulled out my copy of the book and flipped through it. Sure enough, there are many direct quotes from the book.
I should’ve known that John Green probably kept a tight grip on the plot and writing.
Have you seen this show and/or read the book? Do you usually enjoy film or TV adaptations?
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I just started reading the book! I’m a high school teacher and I’m thinking about teaching it next school year with The Catcher in the Rye as a companion novel (same, but different). I want to watch the show, as well, but I have to finish the book first.
That’s awesome! Your comment made me realize I haven’t read The Catcher in the Rye and now I feel like I should! 🤓
Please do! It’s actually the book that kickstarted my love of reading and writing.
I actually went down a rabbit hole of banned books and there’s so many good ones — some I’ve read and some I’ve heard are good — including Catcher in the Rye AND Looking for Alaska 🧐
Interesting! Looking up a banned books list now lol
Ha! There’s lots of banned classics but I also Googled modern banned books and it blew my mind (specifically, All the President’s Men)!
I’ve never read All the President’s Men, but I’m going to have to check it out!
Yes, it’s a goodie! 🤓
I loved the book back in the day and I really enjoyed watching the series! Hope you enjoyed it too!!
I definitely did — it made me cry — but I loved how close it was to the book!