‘That could’ve happened?’ The biggest differences between Netflix’s One Day and the book.

If you haven’t stopped violently sobbing since watching One Day on Netflix, then grab some more tissues and join the club. 

The heartbreaking story of Emma (Ambika Mod) and Dexter (Leo Woodall), which spans decades and drifts in and out of love, betrayal, sliding door moments, friendship, happiness and soul-destroying loss, has turned the world into a collective blubbering mess.

While you collect your shattered heart post-watch, you might be interested to know that One Day was first a novel written by David Nicholls. After garnering adoring fans, it was given the Hollywood treatment with Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess starring in the 2011 feature film (which was received with mixed reviews).

As always with remakes and book adaptations, it’s interesting to see how far the dramatisations stray from the source material. Whilst fans of Nicholls’ 2009 novel have been pleasantly surprised with how closely the Netflix showrunners have stuck to the heart and soul of Em and Dex, eagle-eyed viewers have picked up on a few differences and omissions from the book. 

Maybe you can read the book again and then dip back into the series until there are truly no more tears left to cry.

WARNING: Major spoilers ahead.

Watch: The One Day official trailer. Post continues below.