Is [Netflix] “The Lying Life of Adults” based on a true story?

The coming-of-age story of a sleuth heroine is presented in Netflix’s new six-part of “The Lying Life of Adults,” whose mystery involves her own large family. When Giovanna (Giordana Marengo) learns about her distant aunt Vittoria, the coming-of-age tale starts. She begins to recognize her parents’ fabrications of truth and dishonesty as she learns more about her aunt’s life and how the world seems to be an adult. She picks up new knowledge every day, which alters how she sees the world. The story paints such an accurate picture of adolescence that one wonders if it is based on actual events. You have come to the right place at to get answers to all these.

Is [Netflix] “The Lying Life of Adults” the true story?

No, “The Lying Life of Adults” is not an accurate portrayal of real-life events. One of the most popular but least well-known contemporary authors in Italy is “Elena Ferrante.” The most well-known of her notable, lucid, and unflinchingly honest novels is “The Days of Abandonment,” which was released in Italy in 2002.  The same-titled novel by author Elena Ferrante was adapted for the big screen as The Lying Life of Adults.  Italian author Ferrante published her work under the title La Vita Bugiarda Degli Adulti (The Lying Life of Adults) in November 2019. Following the announcement of the television series, the book was published in English in September 2020, which was over a year later. Giovanna is only twelve years old in Ferrante’s novel when she overhears her father’s critical words, but from viewing Netflix’s series, we assume this scenario takes place when Giovanna is older in the television series. This is one minor alteration that has already attracted our notice. Although it’s unclear at the moment whether this will significantly alter the rest of the plot, minor variations are obviously to be expected in any adaptation.

The Giovanna narrative was partially inspired by this impression of a teenager. The Story of the Lost Child, the fourth novel in Ferrante’s Neapolitan tetra, was named one of The New York Times 10 Best Books of 2015. After completing the quartet, she wrote The Lying Life of Adults, her first book, which played with the stereotyped teenage girl coming-of-age structure. Ann Goldstein translated it into English. Ferrante drew inspiration for the narrative from her own experiences as a young girl and the change of viewpoint she went through in puberty. She lied when she was little, just like every other child. She received repercussions for it, just like any other child. However, she discovered that adults lied just as much as children did, albeit for different reasons.

Given all of this, it is reasonable to conclude that “The Lying Life of Adults” is firmly established in truth even though it is not based on a genuine story. The story’s author, who also works as a writer for the Netflix series, has crafted the narrative in such a manner that the viewer is compelled to identify with Giovanna and her experiences because they recognize aspects of themselves in them.

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