‘Dash and Lily’: How the Netflix Series’ Ending Was Way Different From the Book

by Jeremy Spirogis
Dash and Lily cast members AUSTIN ABRAMS as DASH and MIDORI FRANCIS as LILY

Dash & Lily is the 8-part Netflix sequence, based mostly on the YA novel Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares. With Austin Abrams and Midori Francis starring because the teenage leads, the onscreen adaptation takes some inventive license with the unique story. How did the TV ending of Lily and Dash’s love story differ from the novel on which it’s based mostly?

[Spoiler alert for the ending of the Netflix sequence].

How ‘Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares’, on which the TV sequence was based mostly, used its characters in another way

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Austin Abrams as Dash in and Midori Francis as Lily | COURTESY ALISON COHEN ROSA/NETFLIX © 2020

Insider just lately reported on the variations between the brand new Christmas-themed Netflix sequence and its supply materials, the “young-adult novel Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.”

Much of the TV adaptation performed up the drama — which is to be anticipated. One of the variations comes up with the character of Edgar — with whom Lily shares a date, and later, a drunken kiss.

“When Lily gets drunk at a bar with her caroling group on Christmas, Edgar kisses her, unfortunately, right when Dash walks in,” Insider confirmed. However, within the ebook, Lily is solely “hanging out” with Edgar on the bar. And his anger stems extra from the “notebook” which has ended up on the bar ground.

Dash’s earlier romantic entanglement within the sequence — together with his ex-girlfriend Sofia — can be “purely platonic” within the YA novel. Sofia and Dash don’t share a smooch — and she or he makes no point out of wanting him again, just like the TV-version Sofia does within the museum.

“… she doesn’t really do anything to throw a wrench in Dash and Lily’s budding romance,” Insider continued on the ebook.

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The Netflix sequence additionally had a distinct ending in episode Eight than the ebook sequence

However, Edgar and Sofia’s dramatic pulls on the youngsters’ love story aren’t the one variations between the ebook on the TV present.

The ultimate few moments additionally play out in another way in Levithan and Cohn’s work.

In the novel, “Lily’s parents are on their way back from their Fiji vacation and there’s no impending threat of getting on a plane at midnight.” (Which is smart — contemplating flying out of NYC on New Year’s Eve can be a visitors hellscape). Insider continued on what occurs as a substitute:

Dash and Lily meet up with one another a lot earlier within the day for a cooking date at Boomer’s well-known aunt’s movie star kitchen. Then it’s Lily who will get them into The Strand so Dash can see the whole Oxford English Dictionary set — which he beforehand informed her was his dream Christmas present — within the bookstore’s basement.

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Midori Francis as Lily in Dash and Lily | COURTESY OF NETFLIX/NETFLIX © 2020

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However, the romance could be very a lot alive within the novelized model; Lily and Dash get locked in “the bookstore overnight and end up kissing.” Thank goodness!

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