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Book Talk: Getting to the Plot of The Plot Against America

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In the book, Evelyn is younger than Bess rather than older.  I wonder if the show runners thought they needed the name recognition of Winona Ryder and therefore made the character older. 

A friend recommended the book to me, so I am reading it and watching the series on Demand simultaneously (keeping ahead of the show in my reading).  My friend loved the book and had some problems with the adaptation to TV.  I'm the other way around.  The book is told first person by Phil, the younger son, and that perspective gets tiring for me.  There are some incidents and recountings that I find to be, frankly, a slog to get through.  The TV series isn't perfect, but I find it moves along better, especially with refocusing things to more adult perspectives.  I'm particularly enjoying the actor who plays Alvin, and liking his character more on the screen than in the book.  (I've watched through episode 3.)

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It may also be that they cast an older actor for the rabbi as well and wanted to pair the actors as more age appropriate. Making her older in that time also puts an onus on her not to be an 'old maid', and therefore is more drawn into the relationship than a younger woman who could walk away and likely have more options. 

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On 6/1/2020 at 12:56 PM, DoctorAtomic said:

It may also be that they cast an older actor for the rabbi as well and wanted to pair the actors as more age appropriate. Making her older in that time also puts an onus on her not to be an 'old maid', and therefore is more drawn into the relationship than a younger woman who could walk away and likely have more options. 

I think the age difference between the characters in the book was deliberate -- Evelyn was about 61 and the rabbi was around 60.  The fact that Evelyn was drawn to the rabbi despite her youth and "options" (which were already limited for an unmarried woman over 30 at that time) was, I think, part of the point.  Ryder's characterization seems more "little girl lost" than the impression I drew of Evelyn from the book.

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