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Waif Girl: How Sally Rooney, EL James and Stephanie Meyer are behind one of the most insufferable character tropes

Everybody suffers,” says Frances, the wispy protagonist of Sally Rooney’s debut novel, Conversations with Friends. True, but does anyone suffer quite like Rooney’s female characters? In recent years, popular culture has seen the emergence of a trope that has its roots in classic literature, but is about as far removed from those early characters as it’s possible to be. She is Waif Girl: a tormented young woman who can’t help but question why anyone bothers with anything at all.The Waif Girl in literature has been around much longer than Frances, but 170 years ago she had substance. In Wuthering Heights...
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‘Conversations with Friends’ star Jemima Kirke: I had never heard of Sally Rooney

Jemima Kirke didn’t know who trendy author Sally Rooney was before she landed her starring role in the Hulu series “Conversations with Friends.”  “I had never heard of her. I looked into the hype before I got the job, and sort of understood what her place in creating the zeitgeist was,” Kirke, 37, told The Post. “It was interesting for me to read, coming from a time when [‘Girls’ co-star and creator Lena Dunham] was a big part of the [conversation], which was now 10 years ago – which is crazy.”  Now streaming and based on the 2017 Rooney novel of the same...
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‘Conversations with Friends’ Review: Hulu’s Second Sally Rooney Adaptation Stretches the Boundaries of Love

Click here to read the full article. “Conversations with Friends” opens with a riddle. Frances (newcomer Alison Oliver) sits with her friend, stage partner, and ex-girlfriend Bobbi (Sasha Lane), rehearsing a draft for their next spoken word poetry event. “I am inherently worthless, but highly prized,” they say, alternating lines. “I will empty out your bank account. I’m all about love, but I have a heart of stone and have been known to prefer to be owned.” Without revealing the answer (revealed later in the premiere), these three eloquent sentences cleanly encapsulate a knotty romance bursting with ideas. Hulu’s 12-episode limited...
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Conversations with Friends review: A conspicuously de-Irished Sally Rooney adaptation you might watch while scrolling Instagram

It is a truth universally acknowledged – at least among people of a certain age and socio-economic demographic – that Conversations with Friends is Sally Rooney’s best novel, a debut superior to its acclaimed follow-up, Normal People. So it’s no surprise to find the BBC returning to the territory that made 2020’s Normal People one of the first true hits of lockdown, a Tiger King for the generation gleefully squandering their mortgage money on turmeric lattes. Conversations with Friends revisits the formula so faithfully that even the absence of any narrative continuity cannot prevent this feeling like a sequel.Conversations...
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How to watch Conversations with Friends online – stream the latest Sally Rooney TV adaption

Sally Rooney's Conversation with Friends is making the jump from paperback to the TV screen on May 15. Created by the award-winning team behind the lockdown phenomenon Normal People, it's set to be another breakaway success for small screen drama. It stars new-comer Alison Oliver, as well as Joe Alwyn, Sasha Lane, and Jemima Kirke. Here's our guide on how to watch Conversations with Friends online from anywhere.
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Alison Oliver Delivers a Dramatic Reading of Sally Rooney Scenes

Here at ELLE, there's nothing we love more than a good story. Who better to read one aloud than Conversations With Friends leading lady and May cover star Alison Oliver. Watch as she delivers a dramatic reading of various passages from our favorite Sally Rooney books. Check out Alison's cover story here.
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‘My emotional wellbeing is in danger’: Sally Rooney fans react to Conversations with Friends trailer

Fans of the BBC’s Normal People are thrilled to have a sneak peek at the next Sally Rooney adaptation, Conversations with Friends.After being announced in February 2020, the show – a collaboration between BBC Three and Hulu – finally has a trailer and release date two years later.BBC Three shared the trailer in the evening on Tuesday 12 April, and announce the series release date of 15 May.Based on Rooney’s debut 2017 novel of the same name, Conversations with Friends is set in Ireland and stars Alison Oliver as Frances, a 21-year-old college student who, with her best friend...
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Conversations with Friends: BBC drops first trailer for Sally Rooney adaptation

The BBC has released the first trailer for its new Sally Rooney adaptation, Conversations with Friends.The drama, based on the Irish author’s debut novel, follows 21-year-old college student Frances (newcomer Alison Oliver) as she navigates a series of relationships that force her to confront her own vulnerabilities for the first time.In the book, Frances and her best friend Bobbi develop a close but strange relationship with an older married couple, Nick and Melissa. As time passes, Frances and Nick begin an affair.Alongside Oliver, the show stars Sasha Lane (American Honey) as Bobbi, Joe Alwyn (The Favourite) as Nick and...
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Conversations with Friends: BBC drops first pictures from Sally Rooney adaptation

The BBC has released a first glimpse at its new Sally Rooney adaptation, Conversations with Friends.The series, based on the Irish author’s debut novel, follows 21-year-old college student Frances (newcomer Alison Oliver) as she navigates a series of relationships that force her to confront her own vulnerabilities for the first time.In the book, Frances and her best friend Bobbi develop a close but strange relationship with an older married couple, Nick and Melissa.Alongside Oliver, the show stars Sasha Lane (American Honey) as Bobbi, Joe Alwyn (The Favourite) as Nick and Jemima Kirke (Girls) as Melissa.Conversations with Friends will air...
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We Were Young by Niamh Campbell review: a middle-aged-bloke's-eye view of the Sally Rooney generation

Niamh Campbell attributes the boom in Irish female fiction to two events: the abolition of Irish university fees in 1996 and the economic crash a decade later. Her generation, she contends, is both the most educated and most idle in its country’s history. In many ways, her second novel, We Were Young, reflects this belief. It is set among Dublin’s bohemians – people who spend their Friday nights watching experimental theatre, then drinking tea laced with psychedelic mushrooms. The character types will be familiar to fans of Campbell’s peers such as Sally Rooney and Naoise Dolan, and indeed of her own first novel, This Happy (2020): vulnerable young women who talk more than they eat; drifting older men, practised in seduction but not love.
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The Sally Rooney coffee cart just won an award.

Remember the tote bags? The bucket hats? The coffee carts? The pop-up shop? The mural? The Publisher’s Publicity Circle Awards, which celebrate the best campaigns carried out by publicists, remember—and as The Bookseller reports, they’ve shortlisted the Beautiful World, Where Are You campaign for their hardback fiction award.
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Is Imogen Crimp the next Sally Rooney?

Forget the summer of love, it’s all about winter romances in Imogen Crimp’s debut. A Very Nice Girl tells the story of Anna, an aspiring opera singer in her 20s, who moves to London when she unexpectedly wins a place at a prestigious conservatoire. Struggling to afford London life, she gets a job at a jazz bar to earn extra money, where she meets Max - a financier who is 14 years older than her and going through a divorce - and the two begin a no labels, no strings attached relationship.
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