It isn’t uncommon for a great book to be turned into a successful movie or television series, and Sara Shepard had not one, but two of her series turned into hit television shows on ABC Family. Back in 2010 fans of Shepard’s series eagerly awaited the premiere of “Pretty Little Liars,” counting down the minutes until their favorite scenes from the novels would be played out in front of them on their television screens. Now that “Pretty Little Liars” is on the final leg of its third season, it’s safe to say that while maintaining the same groundwork as the books, there are far more differences between the two than there are similarities. While some fans argue that Marlene King and her writing team have made huge improvements and amazing additions to the series, others feel the show is no longer paying homage to the books and taking on a life of its own. Here are five huge differences between “Pretty Little Liars” the television show and the ‘”Pretty Little Liars” books.
- Ezria (Ezra Fitz and Aria Montgomery) was nearly non-existent in the books. They did have a small fling, and Ezra was actually arrested for it, but no charges were pressed. Then he left Rosewood for a few books and returned in time to comfort Aria after her break-up with none other than, Noel Kahn (yes, the same Noel Kahn that she despises on the show). After their reconciliation he promptly cheated on her with a foreign exchange student and the disappeared from the books for good.
- RIP Maya? Fans went into shock at the end of the Season 2 finale when Maya St Germain’s body was discovered in Emily’s backyard. However, in the books Maya is still alive and well. Their relationship fizzled out in the beginning of the series when Emily was sent away by her mother because of her homosexuality.
- The charming, charismatic, and recently turned villain Toby Cavanaugh actually died in the first book of the series, and never even dated Spencer Hastings. He actually committed suicide the night after the Homecoming dance he attended with Emily.
- It was recently revealed on the show that Ali may have been pregnant, but guess who had a baby in the books and gave it up for adoption. Emily! She hid the pregnancy from her everyone, and stayed with her sister when she began to show so her parents didn’t see her bump (which is also strange since on the show she is an only child). After Emily’s fling with Maya was over and she returned from her crazy cousins’ house, Emily decided she was bisexual and had a boyfriend. She slept with him once, and realized a few months after they broke up that she was pregnant.
- Anyone who has read the books knows the underlying theme to the series is the DiLaurentis twins. Courtney is pretending to be Ali, then Ali pretends to be Courtney pretending to be Ali, then the liars meet Courtney, then they realize Courtney is actually Ali, but they never knew the real Ali. Then they realize Ali is the person who has been stalking them and ruining their lives. It’s a long complicated web of lies and switching, and the television show is almost to the end of the third season and there still hasn’t been a single mention of Alison having a twin. The series was recently approved for a fourth season, so perhaps there is still a chance of a twin being written into the storyline. Whenever any members of the cast or production team are asked about Ali’s twin they do not confirm or deny that there will be one on the show. The majority of PLL fan-blogs are speculating that the twin will be revealed on the Season 3 finale in a few weeks, so we will have to wait and see.