A new Netflix adaptation is taking critics by storm and is quickly becoming a holiday classic for years to come. On, Nov. 10, Netflix released an eight episode long romantic comedy series named Dash & Lily. The show is adapted from the work of co-writers Rachel Cohn and David Levithan and their Dash & Lily trilogy. These two were also the geniuses behind the iconic Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. The first season’s was plot was heavily taken from the first book in the series, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, which was published in 2011.
This teen love story starts with a shy book loving girl, a red notebook and a challenge.
“I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”
Lily (Midori Francis), a sixteen-year-old, with encouragement from her brother, leaves a red notebook in her favorite bookstore The Strand in hopes that she will find her love story by fulfilling her dream of finding a guy in The Strand who has the same taste in books as she does. That’s where Dash (Austin Abrams) comes in. At first he and Lily seem completely different aside form their love of literature. Where Lily loves Christmas, Dash does not. Dash has a bunch of friends his own age while Lily hangs out with adult friends. He’s not close with his family while Lily is.
The two connect by the dares they leave for each other in the notebook as they travel around New York City and but they stay completely anonymous. As time goes on they are conflicted as to whether it be good a idea to meet, for fear that they won’t be the same as they envisioned each other in their minds.
Some of their dares and adventures around the city includes mochi making with Japanese grandmothers, a rave with a Jewish rock band, eating pie with cheese on it, spoken word, stealing Santa’s hat and destroying a work of art you made yourself. Between the dares however, they tell each other personal stories that help them grow closer. The two overcome their insecurities and experience things they might not have if it wasn’t for the other.
It’s a sweet show filled with laughs, that is for sure worth the watch. It celebrates love in its purest sense; familial love, friendships and finding a partner that gets you. It’s also a win for the gays, Lily’s brother Langston (Troy Iwata), is on his own journey finding a man. We love that for him! It’s seriously a perfect addition to your long list of Christmas movies and shows. You won’t be sorry if you check it out. It’s only eight episodes and you can watch it in a couple of hours.
And as for news of a second season, the show runner for the series, Joe Tracz would be happy to continue the show. Here’s what he had to say:
I would love to be able to go back and do the second book and third book. The third book was actually written on set. David and Rachel would visit the set, and they’d be working on their chapters for the third book. I love these characters so much and the city that they live in. Knowing that there is more story to be told, those are stories I’d love to tell.