“Daisy Jones and the Six” book vs. Show differences

Riley Keough and Sam Claflin dazzle Daisy Jones and Billy Dunne, but how faithful is the TV series to the novel?

Prime Video’s “Daisy Jones and the Six” boasts catchy songs, an all-star cast and killer ’70s costumes, but the show made quite a few changes to its source material.

Based on Taylor Jenkins Reid’s bestselling novel of the same name, “Daisy Jones and the Six” stars Riley Keough as a Stevie Nicks-inspired rocker whose fiery passion creates an unexpected tension with charismatic frontman Billy Dunne (Sam) The Six. Claflin). Camila Morrone plays Billy’s wife, Camila, and the other members of the rock band are played by Suki Waterhouse, Will Harrison, Josh Whitehouse and Sebastian Chacon.

The novel was developed as an oral history of the fictional band, which released only one album but whose rise was explained only by their mysterious breakup. As the logline series puts it: their music made them famous, their breakup legends. Author Reid produces Hello Sunshine Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter. Writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber will also executive produce, and Will Graham (“A League of Your Own,” “Mozart in the Jungle”) will host.

“Taylor Jenkins Reid wrote the most amazing novel, and it was like a movie or a television show, like it was episodic,” Witherspoon said. Fun tonight. “And I felt like it was a period that people were obsessed with, but we hadn’t seen something in that period for a long time. It was so poised to be the best TV show ever.”

“Daisy Jones and the Six” debuted on the streamer on March 3 with three episodes directed by James Ponsoldt. The 10-episode series will conclude on March 24.

Keep scrolling to see how Prime Video’s “Daisy Jones and the Six” compares to Reid’s original novel with each weekly installment.

Daisy’s backstory

Riley Keough in Daisy Jones and the Six

Riley Keough as Daisy Jones in Daisy Jones and the Six

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Turns out Daisy is a slightly less wild child in the TV adaptation. Reid’s novel Daisy has its roots in the hippie scene of the 70s, her estranged parents are painters and famous models. The Prime Video series instead shows Daisy growing up in an upper-middle-class Hollywood Hills household, with her narcissistic mother as a more traditional suburban housewife, though still a neglectful parent.

Daisy is also assaulted as a teenager in the Prime Video series, which inspires her to put her trauma into writing as a songwriter. Later, Daisy is professionally trapped singing pop songs she didn’t write when she signed a contract with friend-manager Hank Allen, who was dropped from the show altogether. Daisy refuses to record her album and the label threatens to sue before “First” is released.

Billy and Camila didn’t meet in the laundry room

Camila Morrone as Camila in Daisy Jones and the Six

Camila Morrone as Camila in Daisy Jones and the Six

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Sure, it seems like a small difference, but in the novel, Billy and Camila’s paths first cross at the wedding, which Billy’s drunken father unexpectedly attends.

The Six had dark ties to the Vietnam War

“Daisy Jones and the Six”

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Chuck (Jack Romano) didn’t choose to leave Six to become a dentist in the book. Rather, he was drafted into the Vietnam War and later died in action. Instead, Eddie (Josh Whitehouse) replaces Chuck in the gang. Karen (Suki Waterhouse) was also a member of the band before they moved to Los Angeles on the advice of manager Rod Reyes (Timothy Olyphant).

Simone’s sexuality

Nabiyah Let as Simone "Daisy Jones and the Six"

Nabiyah Be Simone in Daisy Jones and the Six

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In the novel, Daisy’s roommate and mentor, Simone, doesn’t have much of a backstory. Instead, the series stars Simone, Nabiyah Be, as a queer disco artist who struggles to hide her sexuality in order to land a recording contract.

This post will be updated as more episodes are released.

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