Amazon Prime Video’s Daisy Jones & The Six was captivating in its creative storytelling


The poster for Amazon Prime Video’s new series: Daisy Jones & The Six

Time and time again, Taylor Jenkins Reid has captured my attention with her addictive flow of words and storytelling. In the span of three books, she’s made her way up to my top three favorite authors, and now, she has claimed a spot as one of my favorite producers.

On March 3, 2023, the first episodes of Amazon Prime Video’s Daisy Jones & The Six were released, based on the novel of the same title by Taylor Jenkins Reid. After reading the book’s unique interview-style structure, I was eager and curious to see how they would turn Ried’s masterpiece into ten episodes. 

The storyline centers around Daisy Jones (Riley Keough) and Billy Dunne (Sam Claflin). While Daisy finds her groove in writing songs and trying to make a name for herself, Billy experiences the joys and struggles of forming a band and keeping everything running smoothly. 

Inevitably, the career paths of the two stars combine into this intense and astounding chemistry. The flame between them burns with so much passion and hatred, and they pour their hearts out into the music they write—a not-so-secret outlet for how they truly feel. I was elated by how unpredictable and unique their dynamic was, captivating me throughout every episode. 

Passion is…it’s fire. And fire is great, man. But we’re made of water. Water is how we keep living. Water is what we need to survive.

— Taylor Jenkins Reid, Daisy Jones & The Six

In the book, Ried used her talents to build an impressively dynamic female lead, and I knew it would be difficult for Amazon Prime Video to cast someone in Daisy’s role to deliver that same depth to the screen. To my delight, however, Riley Keough perfectly encapsulates all of Daisy’s show-stopping triumphs and her irrational flaws. Watching the series, I was completely engaged in Daisy’s emotions, relationships, and character arc throughout her journey as a musician. 

Furthermore, these actors were not only cast for their acting abilities but also for their musical talents. I was floored to discover everyone on stage was actually playing their instruments and singing their hearts out; the amount of dedication that everyone put into their roles is truly incredible.

Although Daisy and Billy are the leads, I loved how both the book and TV series highlighted everyone else involved in the band and the process of helping the musicians rise to fame. Everyone has a purpose and contribution to make in telling the story, and I was intrigued to hear each event from more than one perspective. Achieving a similar structure to the book, the story is told in a documentary-style format to allow all the interviewees to reflect on the past and collectively fill in all the details. 

As with any book-to-screen adaptation, there were many minor scenes that were deleted or altered, but I didn’t feel that any change took away from the message that the book conveyed. Turning the novel into a series rather than one movie was the best move in order to truly capture the ups and downs of their story.

One of the best parts is that the series can still be enjoyed after the last episode as anyone can stream the soundtrack from the series. It is everything I imagined and more, and I can definitely say that the voices of Riley Keough and Sam Claflin often float through my house as they harmonize in one of the band’s famous tracks.

The series Daisy Jones & The Six is perfect for everyone to enjoy. It’s packed with not only incredible actors and musicians but also dynamic characters and events. Amazon Prime Video definitely knew what it was doing when it picked up material from Taylor Jenkins Reid, and I can’t wait to enjoy more book-to-screen adaptations as stellar as this one.