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Fans ‘crying’ over House of the Dragon star’s ‘amazing’ new Netflix show-Asyia Iftikhar-Entertainment – Metro

‘So good I cried!’

Fans ‘crying’ over House of the Dragon star’s ‘amazing’ new Netflix show-Asyia Iftikhar-Entertainment – Metro

Emily Carey is back on screens with Netflix series Geek Girl (Picture: Netflix)

Netflix’s highly-anticipated adaptation of Holly Smales’s bestselling YA book series Geek Girl just dropped and fans can’t get enough.

The series follows Harriet Manners – played by 21-year-old actor Emily Carey– a ‘socially inept and unfashionable’ teenager whose world is turned upside down when she is scouted by a top London modelling agency and must relearn everything she knows about herself.

As the awkward 16-year-old tries to figure out if she is ‘cut out’ for the fashion world, filled with tabloid gossip and invasive paparazzi, she meets successful model Nick (Liam Woodrum) and the two kick off an unlikely connection.

The cast also stars Zac Looker as best friend Toby Pilgrim, W1A star Sarah Parish as Jude, Riches actor Emmanuel Imani as mentor Wilbur and English actor Tim Downie as dad Richard.

The beloved six-book series which came out between 2013 to 2017 has accumulated a devoted fanbase over the years and they are all out in full force for the TV adaptation.

Not only that but it is a notable departure from Emily’s previous role as young Alicent Hightower in the dark and gritty HBO Game of Thrones prequel series, House of the Dragon.

Harriet is worlds apart from Alicent (Picture: Ray Burmiston/Netflix)

Emily rose to fame after playing Alicent Hightower in House of the Dragon (Picture: HBO)

Now she’s helming her own 10-episode show (PIcture: Getty)

‘Started watching Geek Girl, it’s so trash my goodness but I’m so invested,’ @therealcurtiano posted on X.

‘I need another season of geek girl and I need it now x’ @khloewrightx_ added.

Whole another fan, @taylorscabin was moved to tears. ‘Geek girl on netflix is so good i cried omg,’ they wrote.

@Kitkatscanread gushed: ‘#geekgirl All finished. I stayed up until about 3 am and watched the final episode this morning. I loved the series so much! I want to watch it all over again. It sends so many amazing messages, and I just had a stupid grin at the end. Season 2 @HolSmale ?’

‘Absolutely crying because Geek Girl on Netflix is everything I could’ve wanted and more, and I’m only 15 mins in. Toby is exactly how I pictured him and I can’t stop beaming. Holly Smale bringing the comfort of my teenage years to life on the screen in the best way,’ @theatricellie echoed.

Critics have also showered their praise, with the Guardian’s four-star review calling the 10-episode series ‘fresh, lively and energetic’.

‘[It] should bring much relief and happiness to all Geek Girl’s fans,’ the reviewer added.

‘I appreciated the show’s fast-moving and poppy sensibility, its warmth and the confidence of Carey’s central performance,’ The Hollywood Reporter wrote.

Although not all the reviews were glowing, as Digital Spy’s two-star review added: ‘From a no-thoughts-just-vibes perspective, it’s all very Netflix YA. Everyone is preternaturally beautiful – even the school headteacher – and speaks in a litter of clichés.

There are parallels in the author and main character’s lives (Picture: Ray Burmiston/Netflix)

‘If you’ve dipped in these waters before, the temperature is still comfortably lukewarm.’

Speaking about her excitement at adapting the novel, author Holly previously said: ‘I’ve had this dream for a long time, but you always worry that it’s not going to quite meet your expectations.’

The novels were written before Holly was diagnosed with autism and dyspraxia but in the TV show Holly confirmed Harriet canonically deals with the same conditions.

‘I was unmasking on set and to then portray that on camera was very new to me and difficult to navigate at times.

‘But truthfully, the character is so much more than being autistic – Harriet is so many incredible things,’ added to the BBC.

There is still no word on whether the series will return for a second season.

Geek Girl is now streaming on Netflix.

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