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Firefly Lane Book Fans Have Complaints About The Netflix Adaptation

Stories about strong, enduring female friendships seem to have a special place in the hearts of many viewers. With that in mind, it's no surprise that so many fans fell for the Netflix adaptation of "Firefly Lane" by novelist Kristin Hannah (via GoodReads). Like the NBC family drama "This Is Us," the series keeps audiences guessing by moving back and forth between timelines but rarely giving viewers the full picture between the two.

frd"Firefly Lane" follows the close-knit friendship between Tully Hart (Katherine Heigl) and Kate Mularkey (Sarah Chalke) over the course of 30 years in their lives. As the duo experience many wonderfully life-changing events and some heavily traumatic episodes in their teenage and adult years, fans are gradually brought into their friendship in an intimate and inviting way. However, some fans of the series who went on to read the book have decided that it's by far superior to the adaptation from Netflix.

Book fans don't think the series lives up to the source

Fans of "Firefly Lane" who are familiar with the source material seem to think that the adaptation would be better if it were more faithful to the book of the same name by Kristin Hannah. On the r/FireflyLane subreddit, many fans shared their disappointment in the changes that had been made in the adaptation and why they preferred the original story as a result.

"I watched the show and really enjoyed it," wrote u/Rude-Negotiations3301. "Then I decided to read the book – just finished and I was in tears when I was done. And I think the show shouldn't have changed so many things." The user also pointed out several plot changes, which made the story less powerful. This fan wasn't alone in criticizing the "Firefly Lane" series in relation to the book that inspired it.

"Just can't wrap my head around why they needed to make so many departures from the book," said u/StringsAttached972. "It's kind of boggling my mind actually. Anyone else having this challenge?" Both threads had their fair share of book readers who agreed with the OP, meaning that this is clearly not an isolated opinion for fans of "Firefly Lane."

"I just finished the book and really enjoyed it so I started the first episode to the Netflix series and I'm already really disappointed!" wrote u/gentle_meow "Anyone here read the book before watching the show??" Unfortunately for fans of the novel, the Netflix series is in the middle of wrapping up its second and final season, so it would seem that those disappointed with the show will likely continue to be.