“Guess what? ‘High Fidelity’ isn’t just about you — it’s about the people who aren’t like you, too.” Nick Hornby on why the gender-flipped Hulu series based on his book made perfect sense
The author on why Hulu’s gender-flipped series based on his music-superfandom novel speaks to a contemporary audience: “It’s about people who aren’t like you, too”Print Miles Donovan for Rolling Stone You have to play the long game, if you want to survive as a writer. The publication of High Fidelity, in 1995, was just the first step in an ambitious 25-year plan: a successful American edition, even though I set the book in London (check); a much-loved Hollywood movie (check); and then a gender-flipped TV series starring a woman who was six years old when the book was published, but whose talent and star power were obvious even then (check). It is very satisfying when these things pay off. All rubbish, of course. I didn’t know what I was doing. All of this, including finishing the novel in the first place, seemed highly unlikely right up until the point where everything actually happened. And Zoë Kravitz’s Hulu series (premiering February 14th) is perhaps the most unlikely High Fidelity iteration yet. That it makes so much sense, and speaks so directly to a contemporary audience, is a tribute to the star and her team; it also says something about the ability of pop, rock & roll, etc., to inspire enduring devotion and provide a crucial sense of identification and belonging. When I wrote the book, I had wondered whether all that was on the way out. The original Rob Fleming — whose record store was just off the Holloway Road in Islington, as opposed to Chicago or Brooklyn — was disaffected from his work. He was beginning to suspect that he had dedicated the first half of his life to a cause that was no longer meaningful or relevant. Virgin and Borders megastores were replacing independents. CDs had already replaced vinyl. Only a few German boffins (and certainly no English novelists) had heard of MP3s. Who could’ve predicted that by 2020 the megastores would all be dead and that the plucky if impoverished Robs of the world would be the last ones standing? Related Read more: Rolling Stone
Honestly, this is a story we all need. With streaming, we've lost community, or at least I feel like we have. There is so much hope that 'life will find a way' in this series. All hail. scottatron Where can we watch High Fidelity if we're in Australia? 😭😭😭😭😭 johncusack 📢 margyhards ellen_hardin madbrannion bet this will be great. The original movie and book sure were.
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