What Was the Difference Between 'Big Little Lies' the Show and the Book?

A few months ago, a friend gave me Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies to read. I started it, enjoyed it, but had a lot going on. When I realized that HBO was going to release a mini-series starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley, I knew I had finish this book. Well, as life would have it, I finished the book about a week before the finale. Naturally, I now have a expressed need to compare the two.

I find it interesting how much was left the same and yet how much was changed. Obviously, the biggest change is location. The book takes place in Sydney, Australia, while the mini-series is set in California.

That's the only difference I can talk about that doesn't spoil anything. So, if you want spoilers, continue reading. If you don't, you've been warned.

All the big stuff is the same. Perry dies. Bonnie kills him. Perry is Ziggy's father, as a result of assaulting Jane.

Bonnie's Past

The reason that Bonnie pushed Perry isn't included, though. In the book, she confronts Perry about his abuse -- which she has just witnessed -- and says the telling line "Your children see." Later, Nathan pleads with Madeline and Ed not to reveal Bonnie's crime, explaining her past.

"Bonnie's father was violent," Nathan tells them. "Very violent. I don't think I even know half the stuff he did. Not to Bonnie. To her mum. But Bonnie and her little sister saw it all."

In the book, even though they're asked to lie, Bonnie comes forward and tells the police what she did. She gets community service. In the show, they all lie.

Ed's Cover Up

That also leads to the fact that the husband's didn't witness the death as they had in the book. Ed has a major problem with covering up the details of Perry's death and it puts strain on his marriage to Madeline, especially since she asks him to lie for her ex-husband, Nathan (Bonnie's wife).

Renata's Goodbye

The end of the book was much longer than the end of the series, answering more questions. What wasn't included in the screen version is that Renata apologies to Ziggy. She also moves to London after discovering that her husband was one of two men having an affair with her nanny (a story line that only appeared in the book).

Ziggy's Money

Similarly, we have more closure with Celeste's story in the book. She sells the home she shared with Perry, goes back to work, and sets up trust funds for Perry's three sons. Yep. Ziggy included.


Another big difference is that Madeline doesn't have an affair in the book. She's loyal to Ed and doesn't have that convo with Abigail. Oh, and there's no Avenue Q. She does work at a theater but that isn't a big plot point. However, like I said before, the nanny is having an affair Renata's husband ... and Harper's husband.

Missing Kid

Oh, and Madeline had a son with Ed! I almost completely forgot about Fred, Chloe's brother. Maybe that's why they left him out of the show.

Celeste's Generosity

In the book, Abigail's virginity auction is a much bigger problem. Madeline and Nathan do everything they can to get it shut down to no avail. It's actually the first time in the book that I really started to feel for Nathan. It comes to an end, though, when a man from South Dakota offers $100,000 to Amnesty International if Abigail shuts it down and saves her virginity. That man, of course, is Celeste.

Saxon Banks

After Jane tells Madeline about Saxon Banks, she reveals in the book that she did try to find him and couldn't. So there's no drama about Madeline Googling him like in the series. There's no finding the other guy and driving to see him with a gun. None of that is in the book. Instead, in the book, Celeste recognizes the name as Perry's cousin and believes he is the one who assaulted Jane. Honestly, when I read that part it just solidified my guess that Perry was Ziggy's father, so I think it was a good change.


When I read the book, I had Perry pegged pretty early as Jane's assailant. I didn't know who would die -- Perry or Celeste -- until the actual reveal. And I really had no idea that Bonnie would be the one to push him. The series did a much better job of showing Perry in a better light. Yes, he beat his wife, but in the series he shows remorse and even goes to therapy (in the book, Celeste goes to therapy alone). I hate to say that his character is likable at all, but I believe that's the point that is trying to be conveyed. In the series, you understand why Celeste stays for so long. (Side note: she doesn't call the sitter and ask her to take the boys to her new place in the book).


The book doesn't show an intimate portrayal of Renata or her husband. I think it was brilliant to make Renata a person throughout the entire story (in the book, she and Jane become friends at the end). Also, by showing the sex scene between Renata and her husband early on, opens it up to wonder if he could Saxon Banks.

Overall, I have to say that I think the series did a much better job casting doubt on every character. Madeline has an added sin due to her relationship with Joseph, Renata's husband can be a suspect for Jane's assailant, but at the same time there's a softer side to Perry. What do you think?


Brett Eldredge's Video With Sadie Robertson for "The Long Way" is Finally Here

Once you get past the age difference, Brett Eldredge and Sadie Robertson seem to make quite the couple in the new video for Brett's "The Long Way." Brett shared that the up-and-coming reality TV star turned motivational speaker and actress would be his love interest in a cute Instagram post a few weeks ago. He said it was gonna be "magic" and he isn't that far off.

The tune is all about digging into someone's past and where they came from to learn more about who they are now. Brett is a hopeless romantic, so the song isn't about anyone specific, which makes it even more timeless.

Brett and Sadie take a lap around town and a farm hand-in-hand, as he serenades her throughout the video, via the long way.

Brett did not meet anyone from "Duck Dynasty."

"The Long Way" is the second single off Brett's third album, which is self-titled.

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Kacey Musgraves and Ruston Kelly's Wedding Photos Are the Happiest, Prettiest Wedding Photos EVER

Kacey Musgraves has been saying for months, that when you know you know. And she totally knew when she met Ruston Kelly that he was the love of her life. Kacey described meeting Ruston at the Bluebird Cafe like only a songwriter could, "...Didn't know that I would hear his songs and be meeting the love of my life. Never saw him coming but sometimes life has you under its wing and you don't even realize it."

The two were married on Saturday, October 14 in a picturesque outdoor ceremony near Franklin, Tennessee.

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Dierks Bentley Rocks Neighborhood Block Party With Hit "Somewhere On A Beach"

Dierks Bentley hit the stage early this morning (Oct. 17) on"Good Morning America" to perform his hits "Black" and "Somewhere on the Beach" for a neighborhood block party in Austin, Texas.

The Texas neighborhood has hosted the block party for twelve years and received a visit from Dierks as a result of winning a "GMA" contest. This year they wanted to honor those affected by Hurricane Harvey. So they invited first responders who helped the state during the destruction from Hurricane Harvey.

As Dierks was speaking with meteorologist Ginger Zee, she asked him what it meant to see those faces in the crowd. "I've been around so many first responders this week, I've been promoting a movie, it's coming out, called 'Only The Brave,'" he began.

"These people that rush towards danger when the rest of us are running away from it. Just being around these guys and these women, I have more respect for them now than ever. In country music we really elevate our military, and rightly so. But we need to make sure we're taking care of really recognizing these hometown heroes that we have amongst us"

Dierks co-wrote the song "Hold the Light" for the film "Only The Brave," the first song he wrote and recorded for a film. The movie centers around an elite crew of firemen—The Granite Mountain Hotshots— from Prescott, Arizona who battled a wildfire in Yarnell, Arizona in 2013, that claimed the lives of 19 of their members. The film stars Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Taylor Kitsch and Jennifer Connelly.

The singer took to Instagram to share his performance of "Black" saying, "early morning block party from austin on @goodmorningamerica."


A Horse Trainer Proved Super 8 Has A Very Friendly Pet Policy

Lindsey Partridge, also known as the Canadian horse whisperer, was checking into a Kentucky motel when she heard the woman in front of her ask about a pet policy. It was normal for small pets to share a room in the Super 8, but Partridge wanted to see how far the policy would go. When she asked if the policy would cover her horse, the woman behind the desk said, "Aw, I wouldn't mind. You could do that." So Partridge went to her trailer and brought her retired thoroughbred racing horse Blizz into the lobby.

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If This Video Doesn't Get You Excited About the 51st Annual CMA Awards, Nothing Will

I know I'm not the only person that treats the CMA Awards like Christmas morning, right? Right. The 51st Annual CMA Awards will be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 8 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network and it's time to start getting excited.

To get you pumped up, the CMA recently released a new Heart of Country video featuring Keith Urban, Garth Brooks and Kelsea Ballerini discussing how country music moves through them. And with the opening guitar chords of Brooks' "Thunder Rolls" playing in the background-- you'll probably watch on repeat.

Urban and Brooks are both up for CMA Entertainer of the Year, with Underwood and Ballerini vying for Female Vocalist of the Year.


[Listen] Scotty McCreery's Deep Vocals Are on Display During Singing of National Anthem

As the Denver Broncos took on the New York Giants Sunday, Oct. 15 at Denver's Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Scotty McCreery was on hand to perform a stirring rendition of the national anthem.

Scotty, a lifelong New England Patriots fans, put his favoritism aside to belt out "The Star Spangled Banner" in front of 76,000 fans, who were in attendance. Unfortunately, even Scotty couldn't help the Broncos who were defeated by the previously winless Giants, 23-10, giving New York their first win of the season.

Another big milestone in the singers life occurred recently when Scotty proposed to his longtime girlfriend Gabi Dugal. The 23-year-old popped the question at their favorite spot— the mountains of North Carolina near Grandfather Mountain. McCreery asked Dugal to go on a hike and when he found the perfect spot at the top of the mountain, the "American Idol" winner got down on one knee, presented the ring he had helped design specifically for her, and asked Dugal to be his wife.

"I've been planning this moment for so long that it feels surreal for it to have finally happened," said McCreery of the big moment. They plan to marry in 2018.

Scotty's current single, "Five More Minutes," from his upcoming album, is on the rise at No. 31 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart.


Shania Twain Takes On Role Of Guest Judge on "Dancing With The Stars"

Shania Twain is heading to the dance floor on "Dancing with the Stars." No, not to dance, but to be a guest judge on the reality series competition.

The theme of the show will be "Movie Night," where the remaining contestants will honor iconic dances in film history. Shania will be pulling double duty—not only taking on the role as judge, but also performing her song "Soldier," from her current album, Now, according to PEOPLE.

"Soldier" is featured in the new movie "Thank You For Your Service" about a group of U.S. soldiers who return from Iraq and face the struggle to get back to family and civilian life. "Thank You For Your Service," stars Haley Bennett, MIles Teller and Keisha Castle-Hughes.

As Shania dips her toe in the "DWTS" pool, perhaps we'll see the "Life's About To Get Good" singer take a spin in the ballroom. Shania is no stranger to styling dance moves. The 50-year-old has shown off her moves in many videos over the years including, "Any Man of Mine," "Man, I Feel Like A Woman," and the recent, "Swingin' With My Eyes Closed."

"Dancing With the Stars" airs Mondays nights on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.


[Listen] One Country Podcast: Las Vegas, Jason Aldean, And A Way Forward

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As a church kid, I felt I had arrived when I got my first personalized Bible. It was a pocket bible with my name stamped in gold across the oxblood leather that I used until the cover fell off. A large part of that was because I realized the Bible wasn't a story about someone else, but God's story for me about Himself. That is the message of a new children's book called "Jesus Loves" that will print your child's name right on the cover and address them personally in over 40 places through stories and lessons.

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