Going off the books

Big Little Lies and The Handmaid's Tale lose some steam as they diverge more from the novels they are based on

The trouble with bringing a beloved book to the screen is that some things are lost in translation.

Yet, in 2017, the series Big Little Lies and The Handmaid's Tale not only honoured their source material, but also added depth, colour and contemporary relevance.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 13, 2019, with the headline 'Going off the books'. Print Edition | Subscribe