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Why Hulu’s ‘Normal People’ is so bingeable: The hottest sex scenes

Sally Rooney’s novel Normal People introduces the two protagonists in a way that’ll make you wonder if it’s going to be an erotic novel or a young-adult romance, “Marianne answers the door when Connell rings the bell. She’s still wearing her school uniform, but she’s taken off the sweater, so it’s just the blouse and skirt, and she has no shoes on, only tights.”

The eponymous television adaptation of the book carries this amorphous personality of the plot on the screen, as the protagonists, Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones) & Connell (Paul Mescal), navigate the bumpy road of adolescence & young-adulthood with their academic achievements, their smarts, and with copious amounts of sex. 

The sex in the Normal People universe doesn’t merely exist as a plot tool, but rather as a graphic expression of the characters’ sexual exploration, their charged hormones, and an outlet for the emotional intimacy they’re too broken to express directly.

Young & in love

What makes Normal People so bingeable is the fact that both the characters are highly specific individuals – yes, they have similarities in that they’re both broken, sad, a little lost, but passionate, determined individuals – they come from vastly different backgrounds (Connell’s mother works for Marianne’s household) & this lass consciousness makes for a wicked territory. 

Set in Ireland in the 2010s – a decade we now fondly look back at – Normal People brings a refreshing change in the usual teen-drama plots: the rich kid isn’t the popular one, and the poor kid boasts of more social capital than anyone else in school. If anything, Marianne is a recluse, an outcast. 

So when they do end up having passionate sex, the poor kid calls the shots & decides to be a dick by not publicly going out with Marianne. It’s a slippery slope – hooking up with your mother’s employer’s daughter & then acting like a jerk in school – but the novel & the series manage to make a bigger narrative around power & powerlessness that results from privilege.

Love will us tear us apart

The hurt in their love began with the alacrity with which they both wanted to keep their affair a secret. But sex is serious business in Normal People. It does more than what sex does to a person physically. Sex, for Marianne & Connell, reveals their character. Marianne may have a punctured self-worth, but she can take control. Connell’s facade of chirpy sociability gets ripped off too.

Sex is transformative, revelatory, communicative. it seems too good to be true. What if we actually lived in a world where sex wasn’t taboo, but just a way to learn life lessons through intimacy.  So when they have sex for the first time – Marianne was a virgin – they are breaking through the sexual tension that has palpably existed between them, while also challenging the social fabric in which intimacy exists.

None of this seriousness takes away from the fun & frolic of sex, however. It could be partly due to the attention to details given in the adaptation: the production hired an intimacy coordinator to capture the emotional range in what could have easily been just another sex scene. 

Sex with other people

As the two grow old & apart, they meet other people, but the sex is never as good. Marianne has a college boyfriend, Connell’s debauchery included a hook-up with his former high-school teacher.

Marianne even tries to find an outlet in rough, violent sex. It’s evident that she doesn’t like it, but she feels the need to torture her, to have physical scars to show up for the emotional turmoil she’s going through. Sex, yet again, is charged as ever, but the secret fuel for the sex is a life lesson Marianne’s searching for.

There’s an ungodly amount of sex scenes in the series, so you can imagine the number of life lessons to be learned, tears to be shed, and crossroads to be stood at.

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