Few writers have stirred and astounded the literary world quite like the mysterious Italian author, Elena Ferrante. The Neapolitan novels – My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child – form arguably, the most beloved and highly-acclaimed literary series of the last decade. And, to make matters even more intriguing, Elena writes under a pseudonym, with few people aware of the writer’s true identity. No surprise then, that Elena’s work is now being adapted into an HBO television series.
HBO has recently released a sneak-peak trailer of the series adaption of My Brilliant Friend – a stunning portrait of female experience, rivalry, and friendship. The HBO series follows the story of young friends, Elena and Liba, as they learn to survive in the 1950’s post-war wreckage of Naples and venture into womanhood, their friendship evolving as they do. The 8-episode adaptation, expected to be available to HBO viewers by November, will be filmed in Italian (with English subtitles) so as to remain as true to the novel as possible.
Inspired by such wonderful books, the series adaptation is sure to be a stunning, heart-felt, and powerful viewing experience.
If you haven’t yet read My Brilliant Friend, be sure to do so before tuning in to the series in November!
You can watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxqmF1hJs1E