‘Looking For Alaska’: 4 Things to Know About the Hulu Series Based on the Bestselling Book
John Green‘s books have captured the imagination of Millennials about as much or more than J.K. Rowling has over the last decade. The reason is that he paints evocative and realistic portraits of his young characters while still managing magical romances along the way.
One of his most celebrated books beyond his The Fault in Our Stars is Looking for Alaska. Latter was his debut novel, despite the former book being adapted into a movie first.
A LfA adaptation is finally done and soon to release as a limited series on Hulu this fall. If any of you adults are on the fence about watching this, we’re here to guide you through with some interesting facts, akin to Green’s Mental Floss List Show on YouTube.
1. If you saw and liked ‘The Fault in Our Stars,’ you’ll probably like ‘Looking for Alaska’
As with all of Green’s books, this one deals with another teenage romance, based loosely on the author’s own life living in Alabama. It deals with a lot of strong subject matter, so it’s expected the Hulu miniseries will faithfully bring the book’s themes to vivid life.
With this in mind, if you think it’s just for teens, think again. Thanks to the subjects covered, adults will relate to a lot of it if they had similar experiences as middle-school students.
2. The cast will be different from any other Green movie adaptation
Some cast members from The Fault in Our Stars also showed up in Paper Towns a year later. This might have happened again had Looking for Alaska been made sooner. Plans were to bring it to the big screen back in 2015.
Four years have gone by, so the delay means they had to pick all new actors to play the appropriate ages of the characters. Of course, the leads are all new. Charlie Plummer plays Miles “Pudge” Halter, and Kristine Froseth plays Alaska Young.
John Green is an executive producer, so expect a very faithful adaptation here based on the character descriptions. Since the book also had explicit language and sex scenes, streaming was arguably the best place to make it faithful without receiving a hard R rating or even NC-17 in movie theaters.
3. Experiencing it like a miniseries will be like reading the book chapter by chapter
Let’s reiterate how smart it was to make Looking for Alaska as a streaming miniseries since it presumably won’t cut anything out as might occur in a theatrical release.
Also, it’ll be made so fans can watch it as if reading the book in installments. Most reports say it’ll be eight episodes, which is just about right in slowly savoring each adapted chapter.
Most media outlets have confirmed it’ll debut October 18, offering a head-start before Disney Plus begins in November and puts all of streaming into a tizzy. Not that Hulu will be hurt since they’re owned by Disney now.
What’s unknown is whether they balked on sexually explicit sex scenes for this series.
4. It’s a death story, making it fit in with true-crime stories on streaming
Those of you unfamiliar with the book may have a bit of spoilers here, so beware.
Halfway through the book, Alaska Young dies in a car crash, leaving a mystery as to whether it was an accident or something deliberate on her part.
Alaska does have a very sad upbringing early in life, leading the characters to think she committed suicide. Wondering what happened almost turns it into a literary true-crime show. Latter has certainly permeated streaming platforms nowadays.
Once again, you can see how perfect of a niche this found in Hulu. To avoid fighting the MPAA, Green may want to consider streaming for the remainder of his future book adaptations.