I know I am late on this, but I finally did it. I finallyyy read Sally Rooney’s Normal People, and it was SO good so don’t snuff my flame.
The thing is, I am one of those people who loves to read the book before the movie (or series). I love to visualize the characters, before they are plucked out for me by some casting director. I love to compare and contrast the way the plot unfolded, book vs. adaptation. And I loveeeeee being that person who gets to say, “well, you really needed to read the book to get it.”
I had a different experience with Normal People though, and you know what? It worked out pretty great. I watched the series, and was so intrigued by the somewhat lack of plot, that I just knew there had to be more to it. So, I picked up the book, and it gave me every answer I was looking for.
the book: Normal People by Sally Rooney
There are hundreds of essays and reviews at the moment that deeeeeply analyze Normal People , so I am just going to give you my on-the-surface POV. It’s a love story. Two people, who seem to have a deep admiration for one another, but can’t seem to make it work. It’s actually quite haunting. Like I said, you’ll find dozens of well-written reviews when you Google “Normal People Analysis,” so after you see the recipe below – I encourage you to do that!
the bite: pigs in a blanket
The asinine behavior of the school boys in the beginning of Normal People must be addressed. Like really? And can we just talk about her brother Alan for a sec? AND JAMIE? Common theme here: besides Connell, the males in Marianne’s life are the worst. What the french would call, “cochons!” or pigs.
Below you will find the absolute best recipe for pigs in a blanket. Only a few ingredients, and not to throw shade at Pillsbury, but much more satisfying than using crescent rolls.
- 1 package of 10 hotdogs
- 1 bag refrigerated pizza dough, we like Trader Joe’s
- 4 tablespoons melted butter
- 2 tablespoons Italian herb seasoning
- Kosher salt
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Cut hot dogs in half
- Rip off pieces of the pizza dough, rolling into strips that are long enough to wrap around the center of the hotdog, keeping ends exposed
- Place the wrapped hot dog seam side down on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper
- Once each hot dog is wrapped, brush the tops with melted butter and sprinkle on the Italian herb seasoning and salt
- Pop in the oven, and bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown