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Season 2 of ‘You’ Is Coming, Along with Novels 3 and 4!

Last year Netflix released its original series You, based on the novel by Caroline Kepnes. The story is narrated by Joe Goldberg, a loner who works at a bookstore and becomes infatuated with an aspiring writer, Beck. But his infatuation surpasses the norm, and descends into dangerous territory. The series starred Penn Badgley, of Gossip Girl fame alongside Elizabeth Lail, who previously played Anna in the fourth season of Once Upon a Time.

 

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As the Chicago Tribute will tell you, the series wasn’t a breakout hit. It premiered on Lifetime on September 9th, 2018 to a limited audience, but was a breakout hit for Netflix when released on December 26th, 2018.

Over 40 million viewers couldn’t take their eyes off this fast-pased exploration of social media and twenty-first century stalking.

 

Cover of Caroline Kepnes's "You"

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The standalone novel by Caroline Kepnes on which the series is based was well-received upon its publication in 2014. Bustle called it “one of the most unsettling books I’ve read this year, but despite being thoroughly creeped out, I couldn’t put it down even for a second” and Daily Express called it “clever, chilling, teasing tale keeps you hanging on by your fingertips.”

Despite a number of differences between the book and the show, it’s generally agreed that the adaptation captured the spirit of the novel perfectly, and I’m excied for Season 2 based on Kepnes’ sequel, the ominously titled Hidden Bodies, published in 2016 novel, and see Joe Goldberg move to Los Angeles meeting…someone special.

 

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Art begets art, and as a result, straight from Entertainment Weekly, Caroline Kepnes will be writing both a third novel in which Joe “move[s] to the Pacific Northwest with a plan to become a family man in his own unique way,” as well as a fourth novel.

Are you going to check outSseason 2 of You? I sure hope novels three and four are released quickly so we don’t end up with a George R R Martin-situation on our hands?

 

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Stephen King Takes to Twitter With Some Thoughts on ‘You’

The Netflix/Lifetime show You, an adaptation of the novel of the same name, has been a controversial one.  While receiving critical acclaim, including a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, rave reviews, and a reneweal for a second season,  the show, has garnered criticism for what some view as its overly sympathetic portrait of the show’s protagonist and narrator, Joe Goldberg, portrayed by Penn Badgley.  Despite Badgley’s character engaging in stalking and eventually murder, the character sparked considerable sympathy from fans of the show, a lot more than perhaps the creators intended, despite his horrific and creepy actions throughout the season.

The latest opinion on the series comes from the King of Horror himself, Stephen King, who tweeted his thoughts on the series. The tweet can be seen seen below:

 

It is clear that King, like so many others,  enjoyed the adaptation and considered it an ‘interesting’ counter to the book. He seems to praise Joe in particular as a fascinating character, considering the two sides to his personality depending on who he interacts with. It would be great to get King’s opinion in the form of a longer piece but considering his writing schedule, we doubt he has any time.

What do you think of You? Do you agree with King’s opinion? What do you think of the adaptation and the novel? Tell us!

 

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