Based on the best selling Novel, Normal People Follows Marianne and Connell, from different backgrounds but the same small town in Ireland, as they weave in and out of each other's romantic lives.
Seen from a godlike perch, the stop-and-start romance that drives the new Hulu drama Normal People can seem like a cosmic joke. Against all odds, two soulmates find each other in high school, have toe-curling sex every day for several months, get into and attend the same selective college, end up in roughly the same social circles … and constantly break up, sometimes purely by accident. When they're at their lowest, or their loneliest, Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell (Paul Mescal) always return to one another. But they never seem to figure out how to stay together.
In the 2018 best-seller of the same name, Irish author Sally Rooney explored how a couple as seemingly perfectly matched as Marianne and Connell — who knew they were lucky to have found each other — still couldn't sustain a relationship. Beneath her bravado shivered a young woman who wondered if something inside her made her family so disdainful and her friends, when she finally made a few after high school, so fickle. And after a relatively easy adolescence as a good-looking athlete adored by guys and girls alike, Connell couldn't understand why it was so difficult to find lasting connections at a place like college, where he was supposed to be among his intellectual peers
Normal People is, in a word, gorgeous.
To judge by the first four episodes, it’s a beautiful, pitch-perfect adaptation that captures all the intensity and longing of the novel and will bring Rooney’s work to the attention of those who don’t know it, all five of them.