Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Where the Crawdads Sing (currently only in theatres)
Listen to This:
Tell Me More: The Dark Side of Delia Owens (author of Where the Crawdads Sing) featuring Kayse Gale
Why We Made this Selection and Background Knowledge
Julie: I read the book initially in March of 2022 in preparation for an episode of Tell Me More about the author of the book. I remember hearing about the book when it came out but I wasn’t interested… However, when the controversy kicked up around Taylor Swift writing a song for the movie, I was intrigued.
Claire: I had also heard of the book but wasn’t interested. Not something I usually read. But when the Tell Me More episode came out and all the stuff Kayse was saying, and at the time knowing you and I had this podcast in the works, I was more excited to read it.
Before you say which you liked better, did you read the book or listen to the audiobook… because it matters.
Julie: Both. Read the book in March, and listened to the audiobook in July.
Claire: Listened to the audiobook.
Overall Opinion of the Book
Julie: I hated it. The pace was rough. The sentence structure was overly embellished. There were huge plot holes and icky choices made.
Claire: I think I would have actually preferred the book to the audiobook just because the accents were getting old, fast. Time didn’t allow me to actually read the physical book, but I think I would have enjoyed the book more.
Overall Opinion of the Movie
Julie: Felt like a Nicholas sparks movie, kind of slow. Overall most of my main issues with the book were fixed or handled better in the movie.
Claire: I agree. Very Nicholas Sparks vibe.
Which was better, the Book or the Movie?
Julie: The Movie
Claire: The Movie
- Was the outcome the same in both the show and the book? Yes
- Was the main character/primary narrator the same in the show and the book? Yes
- Was the primary conflict the same in the show and the book? Yes
- Would you read the book again or recommend it to a friend? No
- Would you watch the show/movie again or recommend it to a friend? No
Overall rating: 3/5