19 Thoughts I Had About the First Episode of “Conversations With Friends”


I’m a freak for a good Sally Rooney adaptation—I devoured Hulu’s Normal People, and I look forward to inevitably live-blogging the filmic recreation of Beautiful World Where Are You—which means I should be overjoyed that Conversations with Friends is finally streaming. However, I’m just kind of…meh, for reasons that will be explained within my recap of the limited series’s first episode. Without further ado, here is everything I thought about it:

  1. I recently described the plot of all Sally Rooney books to my friend as: “I’m in Ireland. I’m sad. I’m having sex,” and I eagerly look forward to finding out if this show will keep to tradition or flip the script entirely.
  2. God, remember “studying” at the “library”? I don’t actually remember doing it, but I remember spending a lot of my college experience insisting that I needed to go study at the library immediately.
  3. I love the Irish term “grand.”
  4. Sasha Lane, who plays Bobbi, has extreme “It girl” energy and I think we’re about to see a lot of her. Just my little trend-forecasting moment, forgive me!
  5. Oh, God: a public spoken-word performance. I’m going to die.
  6. Jemima Kirke is at the performance, watching Bobbi and Frances (Alison Oliver) do vaguely feminist poetry, and is inexplicably entranced by it, as they are by her, but that makes more sense, because she’s Jemima Kirke.
  7. Okay, so Bobbi and Frances used to have sex, but now they just do poetry together. Ah, college.
  8. Frances googles Jemima Kirke, who, for the purposes of our understanding, is a writer named Melissa, and finds out she has a hot husband.
  9. Bro, I’m bored.
  10. The girlies go swimming with Melissa, whose hot husband (Joe Alwyn) makes himself known and cooks dinner.
  11. This didn’t really bother me in the book, but why are you, as an upwardly mobile Irish millennial couple, hanging out with two undergrads?
  12. God save me from a discussion of communism over an expensive lunch. I could get this at home!
  13. Frances and the hot husband, whose name is maybe…Nick?…have a long and dull conversation while Bobbi and Melissa smoke and have a far more interesting-seeming one outside.
  14. Okay, I have to give the show credit where due, because Frances musing about Nick and Melissa’s wedding and saying “Maybe she wore a jumpsuit and they had a cheese board” is extremely funny.
  15. Why aren’t the clothes better?
  16. Frances goes to see Nick in a Tennessee Williams play, and honestly, his American accent isn’t great, but she’s clearly besotted anyway.
  17. Am I literally just supposed to watch people texting?
  18. Okay, to be fair, sometimes they fall asleep eating takeout and watching TV. Riveting stuff.
  19. I know there’s more, but my final review is in: No! Snore!

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