Amazon Prime Video knows how to make a good adaptation. just look up The youngwhich was first released as a comic series and is now one of Prime Video’s biggest showss to date. Or, Invincible, which also started as a comic and proved to everyone that Prime Video’s expertise wasn’t limited to live action, but also to animated shows. How to adapt the very popular paper girl into a live-action series makes sense for the streaming service.
Written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Cliff Chiang, paper girl ran from 2015 to 2019. Over the course of 30 issues, four 12-year-old delivery girls – Mac, KJ, Tiffany and Erin – accidentally travel to the future and become embroiled in a complex time war. The science fiction series touches on friendship, growing up and coming to terms with one’s past, present and future.
Part of the challenge of an adaptation, however, is not just moving the story from one medium to another, but ensuring that the show has the same tone and style of the medium the original story came from, e.g. B. how The Umbrella Academy retains many of the comic’s plot points and wacky characters, while making concessions where necessary (in the TV show, the group doesn’t have a notable fight from the comics with the Eiffel Tower, an adaptive feat that the show’s creator “would cost the entire show budget.” paper girl will certainly have to make some of those sci-fi concessions, but we’ll have to see if the show can satisfy both fans of the comic and newcomers to the material.
So how do the characters in the paper girl TV shows stack up to paper girl Comics? This is how the actresses and cartoon characters compare, plus any notable differences between her show appearance and her comic book portrayal.
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Erin Tieng – Riley Lai Nelet
The new kid on the block, Erin is the newest addition to the Stony Stream paper route. She has a younger sister named Missy, is often nervous and likes to play by the rules. In the show, Riley Lai Nelet plays Erin, much like she is in the comics, frantic and frightened yet determined.
Fina Strazza-KJ Brandman
In the comics, KJ is considered the brains of the group. She is also a hockey player and most notably carries a hockey stick with her wherever she goes. In the show, KJ resembles her comic book counterpart. But instead of being the brains of the group, her Jewish background and upper-middle-class lifestyle are emphasized (mostly as a conflict between her and Mac).
Tiffany QuilkinCamryn Jones
Tiffany is a serious gamer who also loves walkie-talkies. On the show, her gaming hobby is significantly more muted. Instead, Tiffany is the genius of the group, researching as much as she can about the time travel conflict the girls find themselves in.
Mac Coyle – Sofia Rosinsky
Mac is the first girl to walk the paper route in Stony Stream. She’s a tomboy who smokes cigarettes and looks up to her big brother Dylan. Similar to the comics, the TV show version of Mac is cynical and outspoken, speaking her mind even when it hurts the feelings of others. She often argues with KJ, who she thinks is a snooty rich girl.
Adult Erin – Ali Wong
Similar to the comics, Erin and the gang travel to 2016 (it’s 2019 in the series) and find Erin’s future self, played by Ali Wong. In the comics, she’s unmarried, still living in Stony Stream, and even works for the Cleveland Observer, the same newspaper Erin delivered as a child. On the show, however, Adult Erin works unmarried as a paralegal at the local courthouse and is about to sell her childhood home.
As commander of the Old-Timers (dubbed Old Watch on the show), Prioress is a ruthless hunter determined to find Erin and the other girls in order to kill them and advance the Old-Timers’ overall mission: keep time travel off their hands from someone else.
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