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‘Little Fires Everywhere’ is a brand new series, currently streaming on Amazon Prime. Starring Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon, I was super excited to check it out. This show is full of complicated female storylines, and it is women that are at the very centre of this show. In fact, the majority of the thoughts, actions, and dialogue focus on female stories.
This show is based in the suburban town of Shaker Heights, an area of Ohio which is known for its “progressive” attitude to race and school integration. The series focuses on Elena Richardson (Reese Witherspoon) and her four children, a seemingly “perfect” suburban family.
In the first episode, Mia Warren (Kerry Washington), a poor, single mother, and her daughter Pearl, move to the area. Elena leases one of her properties to the new family, and suddenly their lives become inextricably linked with the Richardson family. Pearl becomes friends with the Richardson children as she starts her new high-school career, and Mia has a fractious relationship with Elena and her husband, Bill.
Introduced alongside this storyline is the story of a young Chinese woman who works with Mia at the local restaurant. A few months prior she left her child at a firestation, unable to feed her. She later finds out her daughter has been adopted by one of Elena’s friends, sparking a custody battle between the women in this show. This battle is thought-provoking and tense, for everyone involved.
I loved the twists and turns in this series, which all build up to a dramatic ending. The first scene of the series is the Richardson house on fire, and so the series builds up to how this fire happened, and who was responsible. There are also a lot of dark, hidden secrets throughout the show, and it’s so interesting to follow the twists and turns this series takes.
This series is fantastic, and is packed full of important themes, messages, and questions.
The theme of motherhood is central to the show, and what it means to be a mother is constantly questioned. Is motherhood about physically birthing a child? Or is motherhood about doing what’s best for your child, even if that means losing them forever? These are questions the audience must constantly asks themselves.
The themes of race, class, and gender are also central to this show. With Shaker Heights held up as a “progressive” town, it is clear that not everything is what it seems. With Elena trying her hardest to be progressive and “PC” about race, she actually ends up going the other way, and there are some very cringe-worthy statements that come out of her mouth.
I also liked that all the characters in this show were flawed.
Lexie Richardson (Jade Pettyjohn) is the “perfect” eldest Richardson daughter. Headed to Yale, but haunted by a tough secret, no one considers the struggles she faces as she aims to achieve perfection. Elena Richardson can’t help but wish for a different life. Mia Warren tries so hard to help her friend win back her child that she doesn’t always do what’s best for her daughter.
These flaws meant that this wasn’t the typical black vs white, rich vs poor, or good vs bad story. This was real, and honest, and like nothing I’ve ever watched before. There was no right or wrong, and it was interesting to watch something so thought-provoking!
The actors in this show were brilliant, and I loved the actors they chose to play Elena and Mia when they were younger. The young Mia Warren (Tiffany Boone) was particularly talented, as she managed to imitate Mia’s mannerisms and way of speaking perfectly.
This is one of the best things I’ve watched in a while, and it was definitely made better by watching it with my mum, as it sparked many questions and debates between us.
This series is based on the book ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ by Celeste Ng. I’d really like to give the book a go, as I think some of the under-developed aspects of this series are probably discussed in a lot more detail in the novel.
If you fancy checking out this bestseller, you can find it on *Amazon. I’m so excited to try the book soon, so I’m going to pick up a copy too!
Have you read this book? Did you enjoy the series? Would you like to give it a go?
Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below.
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