book! penny :
whiny, pretentious, thinks he's smarter than he is, kind of an asshole
tv show! penny :
still kind of an asshole but cares too much underneath, hears voices, not pretentious, annoyed by everything (remember when he got fucking stabbed and rolled his eyes at it? #iconic)
book! janet :
wants what she can't have, a gryffendor, bi and butch, actively dislikes other girls
tv show! margo :
has a better name, a slytherin, bi and femme, isn't really friends with other girls but doesn't want to destroy them, more canonly bi (the line about thai food implies she doesn't think that girls are interesting sometimes and that she thinks they're attractive all the time)
book! asmodeus :
17, smarter than she should be, kills a god, goes by "becky" for some reason
tv show! kady :
bi as fuck, not seventeen, would die for julia wicker
book! josh :
can do magic but only sometimes, part of the squad, mostly irrelevant, marries quentin's ex
tv show! josh :
still irrelevant, ditches the squad, dating victoria who wasn't even in the books
book! quentin :
depression, trying his best, kind of a fuckboy after alice/penny but he gets better about it, ivy leauge kid
tv show! quentin :
same thing but with more obvious depression
book! julia :
tv show! julia :
book! alice :
fucking brilliant, deserved better, i am adopting her bc her parents are shit
tv show! alice :
deserved better, my brilliant and kind daughter who i am adopting bc her parents are still shit
book! eliot :
more of a hipster, gay, doesn't marry a woman (@syfy writers - what the fuck???? what the fuck??? what the fuck?????)
tv show eliot :
trying his best, very sad, covers it up by drinking a lot, qpps with margo, more preppy less hipster, marries a woman because he has to, still gay
Do you believe in fate? I don’t mean justice. I mean retribution. Facing the consequences of your actions that have produced catastrophe. A sin that is everlasting, one that you have made immortal. There is a line from Shelley that haunts me, a single line from Adonais. I cannot get it out of my head. ‘No more let life divide, what death can join together.
If you like Friends but want a more updated version, you should watch Happy Endings:
Happy Endings is a beautiful show that was canceled too soon. But more importantly, it is so much like an updated version of Friends that one of the characters even calls them each by their friends equivalent at one point (while drugged after going to the dentist…obviously).
Your new Monica is Jane Kerkovich-Williams: a bisexual goddess control freak
She is married to Brad, your new Chandler:
Jane’s sister, Alex, literally runs out on her own wedding in the pilot. Also in the fashion world (owns her own shop).
Then there’s Penny, who is the wacky single girl friend (definitely a less dramatic backstory than Phoebe… )
Waiting for new Joey? Look no further than Max, the gay/jewish player.
Thinking, “Hey, I could do without a Ross”? Well, don’t worry. Dave is definitely sometimes a jerk but in no way as creeptastic as Mr. Friendzone Divorce Guy. Also, he’s the chef of the group, you know, some things have to change.
Go, watch, be happy. All episodes are on hulu, last I checked. This is an easy show to plow through and definitely worth it.