20 Big Differences Between Big Little Lies: The Show and The Book It’s Based On

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Tom’s Heterosexuality Is A Bigger Deal

Differences Between Big Little Lies The Show and The Book


Tom and Jane’s relationship is more developed in Liane’s book *because* Jane presumed that Tom was gay. In both adaptations, Jane thinks that Tom is gay because of rumor Madeline told her, but in the novel, that detail allows Jane to open up to him more fully than she can to other men after her assault. Jane discovering that Tom is straight during Trivia Night is *much* more satisfying in the book. You may, in fact, chuckle. Instead, Tom’s character is significantly less important on the HBO series, and he hasn’t even made an appearance during season two.

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