Announcement of New One Day Adaptation Garners Mixed Reactions

Netflix just revealed an upcoming limited series based on David Nicholls’s beloved novel. Read on to learn why the announcement has fans divided!

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Dexter cradling Emma's face in front of a blue sky.

After the recent success of Netflix’s live-action adaptation of One Piece, the company has unveiled another soon-to-be-released project based on a popular book. David Nicholls’s most well-loved novel, One Day, is getting a 14-episode limited series set to air just in time for Valentine’s Day. However, the responses to Netflix’s announcement have been split. While some fans seem completely uninterested in the remake, others are excited to see how it will compare to its predecessor. Keep reading for more details!

What is One Day?

Published in 2009, David Nicholls’s romance novel One Day tells the story of Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley. When Dexter and Emma meet on July 15, 1988, they spend the day together, kicking off a love story told over 20 years. Each chapter of the book shows snapshots of Dexter and Emma’s relationship on July 15 of every passing year, revealing how their love persists through life’s many challenges.

One Day cover by David Nicholls, silhouetted faces leaning in to kiss.
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In 2010, One Day was named Galaxy Book of the Year, an award that recognizes the best literary work from a UK writer. The book received overall positive reviews from both critics and general readers.

Fan Reactions to the Announcement

The first adaptation of One Day was a 2011 film starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. Despite receiving an underwhelming audience score of 50 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, there seem to be some hardcore fans of the film if the reactions to Netflix’s limited series announcement are anything to go by.

In response to Netflix’s post about the series on X, one user posted an image of the 2011 film poster with the accompanying caption:

Oh, so like this gem that already exists?

Via Cate (@searching4blue) on X

Similarly, another user said:

I am sorry, but the first movie was so good and with an amazing cast, love Anne Hathaway. I am tired of remakes. I am passing on this one…

Via Frankus (@mrfrankof) on X

Responses to the announcement post weren’t all bad, however. Some sounded excited about the project, such as this user, who said:

This looks so beautiful. I can’t wait to watch

Via Gene (@DazzlingGene) on X

Mixed reactions aside, Netflix’s new adaptation boasts an exciting cast, including Ambika Mod and Leo Woodall in the roles of Emma and Dexter, respectively. Plus, author David Nicholls serves as the show’s executive producer, so the series will likely please fans of the book looking for a faithful rendering of the original story.

While some have already made up their minds about the series, we can’t know how the new adaptation stacks up to the original until it releases on February 8, 2024. For now, check out the trailer above to see if the show is worthy of your watchlist!


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