Little Fires Everywhere: Series Review
Updated: Jul 3
After sitting in the “My Stuff” list of my Hulu account for weeks, I finally watched Little Fires Everywhere, the mini-series. I was excited to watch the series when I found out that Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington would portray Elena Richardson and Mia Warren. Let me tell you, they did not disappoint. Here are my thoughts about the series as a whole.
First of all, I thought it was a clever move to make Little Fires Everywhere a mini-series instead of a movie. I got more insight in eight episodes then I would have in a two-and-a-half hour film. With a movie, there’s only so much you can fit and often times, details are left out and questions aren’t answered. That wasn’t the case here.
Each episode was about an hour long and just like the book, the plot began and ended with the Richardson house fire. Each episode jumped between the past and the present to give the audience a deeper look into who a certain character was or who they became. The entire series addressed topics like adoption, interracial relationships, sexuality, parenting, color-evasiveness, etc. This was an intense show with incredible writing that kept me intrigued from start to finish.
Second, the casting was an absolute slam dunk. There wasn’t a single character that I was
unimpressed with. Characters I didn’t pay much attention to in the book like Bill Richardson and Lexie’s boyfriend, Brian were given more of a storyline. I also enjoyed seeing new characters like Jamie, Elena’s ex-boyfriend. If you read my blog post on the book, you know that Izzy Richardson was my absolute favorite character. Watching the series made me love her even more. I didn’t think that was possible.
Obviously the book and the show didn’t always mirror each other. However, all of the changes made sense and enhanced the plot. As I watched, I kept a close eye on what happened in the book and what didn’t. I loved how the writers changed the topic of Lexie’s Yale admission essay. To make a privileged, rich girl write about a hardship in her life when she’s never had one was brilliant. In the book, Izzy is merely the troublesome child. In the series she still is, but she is also struggling with being a gay teenager in the 90’s. My absolute favorite change to the series was of course the Richardson house fire. Who did it? Watch the series and find out…
I give this series a 10/10. It was perfection and I highly recommend watching it if you haven’t already.