Ferrante’s Naples

Netflix’s ‘The Lying Life of Adults’ Depicts Ferrante’s Naples

The New York Times recently published an article about Elena Ferrante’s much-anticipated new Netflix adaptation of her novel ‘The Lying Life of Adults’, set in her hometown of Naples, Italy. The article takes a closer look at how the series brings Ferrante’s stories to life, exploring the city and its inhabitants.

A Faithful Adaptation

The article begins by discussing how ‘The Lying Life of Adults’ has been adapted into a series that is faithful to Ferrante’s original novel. The show’s director, Saverio Costanzo, worked closely with Ferrante to ensure that the adaptation included all of the details she wanted to include.

Exploring Naples

The article then explores how the series faithfully represents Ferrante’s hometown of Naples. The show tells the story of Giovanna, a teenager growing up in the city in the 1980s, and examines the city’s history, culture and complex relationship with the rest of Italy. Costanzo has tried to capture the essence of Naples and its inhabitants through using a mix of local actors, production design and music.

Underlying Themes

Finally, the article points out that the show is not just a reflection of Naples, but also of its underlying themes. The show reflects Ferrante’s beliefs on education, misogyny and the changing dynamics of family life in the city. By providing a window into these themes, Ferrante’s adaptation of ‘The Lying Life of Adults’ offers viewers a new way to experience the city.


In conclusion, Netflix’s adaptation of ‘The Lying Life of Adults’ has managed to recreate the complexity and beauty of Naples and its inhabitants, as described in Elena Ferrante’s novel. The series offers a faithful adaptation of the novel and an insightful look into Ferrante’s underlying themes.