So. The trailer for the adaptation of “YOU” by Caroline Kepnes has dropped and I have some things to say about it (mostly because I always wanted to do a trailer reaction of I book that I really liked). If you have no idea which book I’m talking about, you can check it out here and maybe read it? I don’t read a lot of thrillers but I can say that this will always be my favourite. It’s told in the second person so it’s very original and it keeps you very intrigued in the story.
When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.
There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.
As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.
If you haven’t had the chance to see the trailer, here it is:
Like I mentioned, the book is told in the second person so I don’t know how they are going to do that in the adaptation which makes me a bit scared. The first time I watched the trailer I was a bit sceptical because I never associated Penn as Joe, but watching it again made me realise that he is actually very similar to how I thought Joe would look like (maybe with a different hairstyle). Also, I kept associating the characters to their previous roles (Penn in Gossip Girl, Shay in Pretty Little Liars) so that sort of felt a bit off for me, but only during the first time.
The second time I watched the trailer, everything changed. I could easily see the characters and the series looks like its following the book closely-ish, which is great! I don’t know much about Lifetime so I can’t judge how it’s going to be, but hopefully it won’t disappoint.
The trailer gave a lot of screen time to Peach (aka Shay) which probably means she will have more of a role in the show as opposed to the book. I think that’s good because we get to see Beck’s life from a different perspective rather than Joe’s.
I really liked how the music played in the background, sort of as in a slow and creepy way, giving pretty accurate Joe vibes. I also really enjoyed the tiny details from the book that we got to see in the trailer – such as the photos, the beach, Benji – hinting that there is more to the Joe-Beck-Peach dynamic they focus on in the trailer.
For those of you who read the book and know the story, the last scene of the trailer was funny, right? I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t help but laugh!
I can’t wait to see this tv series on September 9th. And if you haven’t read the book, now is your chance!