“Daisy Jones and The Six” releases

Emma Defot, Staff Writer

On March 3, 2023, the long awaited limited series “Daisy Jones and The Six” was released onto Amazon Prime Video. The show, based on the popular novel of the same name, has become the center of much conversation and revived fashion trends. The show is not without criticism, however, with many fans criticizing the show for deviating from the source material.

“Daisy Jones and the Six” was released in 2018 by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Reid has written other popular novels including “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” (which is also soon receiving a film adaptation) and “Malibu Rising.” “Daisy Jones” gained nationwide attention when it started to trend on “Booktok,” inspiring Reese Witherspoon to produce the show with her production company Hello Sunshine.

Reid wrote the book after seeing a live performance of Silver Springs by Fleetwood Mac, inspired by the connection between singer Stevie Nicks and lead guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. This set the inspiration for the connection between the two main characters, Daisy Jones and Billy Dunne. The book is centered around the fictional band the Six and their collaboration with singer Daisy Jones. Written in an interview format, the characters tell the story of their time as a band, the story feels very authentic.

Due to COVID-19, the production of the show was pushed back multiple times, finally releasing on March 3. The show stars Riley Keough as Daisy Jones and Sam Clafflin as Billy Dunne. It also features actors Camila Morone, Suki Waterhouse, Will Harrison, Sebastian Chacon and Josh Whitehouse.

The show makes several changes to the plot, raising controversy surrounding the long awaited adaptation. One of which being the removal of bassist Pete Loving and making Camila, Billy’s wife, the honorary sixth member. It also makes a few changes regarding Daisy’s characterization in the first few episodes. She comes across less like a wild child and more as someone who does her taxes (which book Daisy would never do). The show also changes a few storylines, particularly in creating romantic tension between characters that were never paired up in the novel, specifically with Camila and Eddie. Most notably, the show focuses much more on the love triangle between Billy, Daisy and Camila, also altering the original ending from the novel.

“I appreciated how the author of the book had a role in the production of the show,” said Sarah Biddick (23’) when asked her opinion of the show. “Overall, I really loved the book and I think the producers did an amazing job when making the show.”