Netflix‘s American psychological thriller series, You, which was released in December 2018 and developed by Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble, follows a clever bookstore manager, Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) and is based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Caroline Kepnes. When Joe meets and falls in love with a customer, a graduate student and aspiring writer named Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail), he quickly becomes obsessed with her. Relying on his savvy Internet know-how, Joe will stop at nothing and will get rid of every obstacle in his way to make the woman of his dreams fall in love with him.
A combination of two of the most popular genres at the minute, You is both a sexy romance and a dark, twisted thriller. A profile of a psychopath in the digital age, Joe uses social media to aid his stalking in this modern and stylish book adaptation.
Told through Joe’s narration, You is a satire of popular romantic comedies, seeing the typical story of a man trying to win over the girl of his dreams from his point view, as Joe shows that he is willing to do whatever it takes to make sure that nothing gets in his way.
Taking invasive and extreme measures to get the girl, Joe shouldn’t be a likeable character. But as disturbing as he is down inside, you can’t help but feel an attraction towards him. It’s wrong, but that’s what makes it oh so exciting.
Compulsive and unsettling, yet also alluring and mysterious, You is a series that you won’t be able to stop watching. Just as it’s impossible for Joe to leave Beck alone, it will be impossible for you to not watch just one more episode at 2am to see what happens next.
The ending is a little disappointing, especially after the tense and quickly paced opening first episodes, but the series has already been renewed for a second season, based on Kepnes’ follow-up novel Hidden Bodies, so it’ll be interesting to finally learn more about Joe’s past.