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Middlesex to Become One-Hour Drama Series on HBO

Not to be overly dramatic or anything, but at first glance this news made my stomach do somersaults. Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides (The Virgin Suicides), is one of my all-time favorite books, and I've always assumed (with some sadness) that it would eventually be adapted for the big or small screen. Sure enough, now there's news that HBO may be developing a one-hour dramatic series based on the novel.

After the initial "aw, man!" I'm coming around to the news a little, as I trust HBO to do something cool and Rita Wilson would apparently be an executive producer on the project. The series would follow "the life of Calliope Stephanides and the epic family history that may hold the answer to her complicated sexual identity."

Like Revolutionary Road, which I read long before there was news of a movie, the writing in Middlesex is so rich and evocative, I can't imagine how a screen adaptation could possibly do it justice. Then again, I'm relieved that it'll be a TV series and not a movie, so hopefully they can take their time with this story and avoid trying to cram everything in (while also sacrificing crucial elements) from the book.

Have you read Middlesex? Have you ever seen book-to-screen adaptation news that got a rise out of you?

ceej ceej 8 years
I think the book is brilliantly written and I hope that the series won't shy away from the content. The casting will be really interesting to see.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I really can't picture this as a TV show...if it is going to be adapted by HBO, I hope they make it like The Tudors (even though it's on Showtime) in the sense that it will follow the story and it will have a definitive ending date (which will hopefully be like the end of the novel).
metallicnymph metallicnymph 8 years
The book was absolutely gorgeous, I cannot imagine that kind of gorgeousness being successfully translated into a t.v. show.... the subject matter isn't an easy read, and that is what makes the novel so genius: eugenides ability to keep everything as it is, a harsh reality without a film of comfort. he keeps everything real and brutal while writing about it in an epic, almost fantastical way. he is unapologetically honest and true to the characters, and refuses to villify them in any way, but instead to point out thier motivations and to evoke sympathy and respect... this is a heavy feat, and I am of the opinion that some things can only be expressed thoroughly through the medium of writing. love, love, love movies, but i can't see this working out. I love that they are attempting though, I will watch. And, I'll be annoyed if it is awful.
siúcra-gaelach siúcra-gaelach 8 years
**i should clarify - the mermaid show at the end is what creeped me out, not the fact that she was a transgender.
siúcra-gaelach siúcra-gaelach 8 years
i wasn't a big fan of this book... the whole mermaid/trans thing really creeped me out and depressed me... but i think the exposure of having a transgender character on tv will be great. and having the show on HBO will allow them to show things they wouldn't be allowed to on abc.
manakineko manakineko 8 years
Nervous. Such a great book. #4 funkygeorge-I too am worried about Time Travelers Wife. The previews have not helped.
Koneko Koneko 8 years
i love this book and have been waiting for a follow up from eugenides for years! i think if anyway can do it justice on the screen it's hbo. looking forward to it!
fireyelectra fireyelectra 8 years
Anything that gets a transgender character on television in a main role (not just a supporting one or a multi-episode arc!) is a good thing! I, too, treasure this book, but I trust HBO 100% to bring forth innovative, provocative, well-told television. Just imagine how great the historical segments would be -- this is the network that brought us Deadwood, after all!
shmoo15 shmoo15 8 years
One of the best books ever! I'm a little apprehensive about the HBO version, but we shall see
funkygeorge funkygeorge 8 years
I've read Middlesex and to be honest I didn't think it was that great. For me I'm more worried about the Time Travellers wife. I loved that book, I doubt the movie will do it justice.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
I know how you feel about it getting made into a movie. I probably said this a thousand times but I could kill whoever turned A Walk to Remember from a touching, funny book to a teen melodrama.
bransugar79 bransugar79 8 years
OMG I love that book. It was epic. I hope they do something great with it. I think HBO has a great record so I'm hopeful
Briandiesel Briandiesel 8 years
this has been on my bedside table for like 5 months- I guess I should read it-
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