In ‘Lovecraft Country,’ Black Characters Are Trapped in Racial Terror

In ‘Lovecraft Country,’ Black Characters Are Trapped in Racial Terror

Book-to-screen adaptations don’t always work out for the best. Inevitably, there are layers and details from the book that get dropped to fit into the narrative constraints of the screen version. But that isn’t the case with Lovecraft Country, the new HBO series that premiered August 16 and is based on the 2016 novel by Matt Ruff. Instead, the series benefits from its new format. Lovecraft Country stars Dallas native Jonathan Majors and is helmed by showrunner Misha Green, who is also executive producer alongside Jordan Peele, J.J. Abrams, and others. In the hands of Black showrunners, producers, and actors, the stories of a Black community, originally written by white author Matt Ruff, become more fleshed out—albeit still within the constraints of oppression. Both versions…View Original Post

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