Gabriel García Márquez began writing was released, and the response among Spanish-language readers was akin to Beatlemania: crowds, cameras, exclamation points, a sense of a new era beginning.
In 1970 the book appeared in English, followed by a paperback edition with a burning sun on its cover, which became a totem of the decade.
But how would the butterflies be incorporated into the Netflix series, I wondered, with the subtly and grace of their appearances in the book? These are the kinds of questions many fans are asking about the future TV adaptation.
This will be the first time the novel, published in 1967, will be adapted for the screen — but it’s not for lack of interest.
When Netflix announced this month that it had bought the rights to Gabriel García Márquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” I immediately thought of the butterflies.
I first read the novel in high school in Colombia, where I grew up, and the book’s signature swarm of yellow butterflies has stuck with me ever since.He notes that while there is violence in “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” it predates drug trafficking.“I would hope that the adaptation would center on the historical side of ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude,’ on the stories of the characters,” he said.By the time García Márquez was awarded the Nobel Prize, in 1982, the novel was considered the Many years later, interest in Gabo and his great novel is surging.The Harry Ransom Center, at the University of Texas, recently paid .2 million to acquire his archives—including a Spanish typescript of —and in October a gathering of his family members and academics took a fresh look at his legacy, repeatedly invoking the book as his magnum opus.When García Márquez sat down to write the novel in the early 1960s, Latin America was going through it.Many countries in the region were struggling with economic instability, political violence and the rise of dictatorships.The Netflix deal means the narrative can be serialized.But there are bigger storytelling challenges inherent to the project.Yellow butterflies are accents in my apartment décor, and when I finished college, I put butterfly decals on my graduation cap.They make me proud of being Colombian; they are a reminder that my culture does not need to be reduced to the history of drug wars and violence.