I was very interested to see that the book The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes had become a Facebook Watch movie since the story is so complex. I loved the suspense in the book, and I must say that the show is equally entertaining, however the two are so different that they seem like separate stories. The show is still enjoyable, however I wouldn’t really recommend it to those who have read the book since watching the story become so different is frustrating.Title: The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly
Author: Stephanie Oakes
Publisher: Dial Books
Cast: Elena Kampouris, Kevin Carroll, Kiana Madiera
Director: Jason Blum
Screenplay: Raelle Tucker
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: June 9, 2015
A hard-hitting and hopeful story about the dangers of blind faith—and the power of having faith in yourself
The Kevinian cult has taken everything from seventeen-year-old Minnow: twelve years of her life, her family, her ability to trust. And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too.
Now their Prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame, and it's clear that Minnow knows something—but she's not talking. As she languishes in juvenile detention, she struggles to un-learn everything she has been taught to believe, adjusting to a life behind bars and recounting the events that led up to her incarceration. But when an FBI detective approaches her about making a deal, Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed of—if she’s willing to part with the terrible secrets of her past.
Gorgeously written, breathlessly page-turning and sprinkled with moments of unexpected humor, this harrowing debut is perfect for readers of Emily Murdoch's If You Find Me and Nova Ren Suma's The Walls Around Us , as well as for fans of Orange is the New Black.
Book vs. Movie: The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly
This novel was pretty much out of my comfort zone since I can’t tolerate super scary stories, so I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did. It is creepy and bone-chilling at times, however I wouldn’t say it is too frightening. The book tells the story of Minnow who escapes from a cult after it is burned down and the leader is found dead. Now in prison with no hands and the only inside knowledge of the cult, she must share the story of what happened to her her and adjust to life outside the woods. I adored the suspenseful writing and how Minnow’s shocking story is revealed slowly. If you are looking for an eerie read for the fall season, this is the perfect book.
❀ Book Plot is Unrecognizable
I had very high hopes for the Facebook Watch television adaptation of the book, but I was pretty disappointed in the result. Don’t get me wrong, Sacred Lies is still enjoyable in its own way, but the plot is so twisted it is almost unrecognizable. I’m fine with a few small details being changed, but in the show, the wrong people are killed and the wrong person is responsible for the crime. However, I did enjoy the humour and the prison aspects of the show much more than the book, and I had a lot of laughs while watching.
❀ Book and Movie Are Enjoyable
Both the book and movie versions of The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly are enjoyable separately, however the show is a very loose adaptation. If you are more interested in the humorous aspects, you would enjoy the show, but if you care more about the mysterious plot, the book is much better. I would still recommend both versions, however if you have read the book, it is important to understand that the show is essentially a completely different story.
24 thoughts on “Book vs. Movie: The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly”
I don’t mind changes, but not big things like who dies or who is actually responsible. Not cool. I do really want to read this book though.
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Yeah. It was surprising how different the show was. It was still a pretty good show despite the changes. 🙂
This is a totally new book and show to me. Not sure why I hadn’t heard about it but oh watching movies or shows of books I’ve read scares me a little because I’m so particular about them. I always want it to be close to the book but I know changes are always necessary.
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I am always too curious to find out how much the show compares to the book! There’s something about my favourite characters brought to life that draws me in every time! 😉
How do you change something so much it doesn’t even resemble the original? That would be incredibly frustrating for me. I haven’t read the book, but it has been on my TBR for a while. I know now that I need to definitely watch before I read, if I decide to watch at all.
Well, if you watch it first, you might come away with a different perspective than I did. My sister watched it without reading and she really enjoyed it. 🙂
I’ve not read the book but you have me curious. I like to read the book first and then watch the movie or show. It helps me connect to the characters and stories when I have a deeper knowledge of why they do what they do.
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Same! I Iove getting more out of a book by watching the show. Sometimes it works out! 🙂
Kinda eerie story! She lost her hands??! 😨 I think they changed things in the TV version cuz if you read the book you’d know who did it.
Ha! I never thought of it that way! 🙂
I loved this book, but I didn’t know it was a TV show. I’ll have to look for it. It kind of sucks that it’s so different from the book, though. 🙁
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Yeah. I was surprised at how much had changed.
Never heard of this one before. I think I’d rather try for the book instead of the TV show.
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That sounds good to me! 🙂
I haven’t watched anything on Facebook yet. This does sound like an interesting show. I think that I will try the book first.
I hope that you enjoy the book!
It seems like it might be an emotional story.
It’s too bad that the TV adaption was so disappointing for you.
Alright, I don’t know that this book has been made into TV shows. Thank you for your post, I’m definitely going to watch it !
I wasn’t aware people could watch shows on FB. This is a new book and author to me.
Oh I wish they would stick to the book!
Oh I wish they would stick to the book! Plus the book is always more hard hitting – for me anyway.
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Great post – I enjoyed the trailer!
I havent read the book or watched the movie. Ive always loved books better so I think I’m diving in!