‘Haunting of Bly Manor’: How a Retelling of a Classic Can Champion Diversity

Henry James is a popular storyteller to adapt, with numerous versions of his works presented in practically every medium known to man.

Much of this is to say: “Do we really need another adaptation of ‘Turn of the Screw’?” The answer is, yes, especially as it’s laid out in Mike Flanagan’s new Netflix series “The Haunting of Bly Manor.”The Gothic romance doesn’t just discuss the nature of grief, love, and toxic relationships.

It’s also a meditation on how the world of adaptation can open opportunities for marginalized communities the original author would have left out.[Editor’s Note: The following article contains spoilers for “The Haunting of Bly Manor.”]Actors T’Nia Miller and Kamal Khan were not familiar with James’ work, but they all walked away with different appreciations for the text.

When Miller was offered the role of Bly housekeeper Hannah Grose she watched “The Innocents,” the 1961 film adaptation of James’ “The Turn of the Screw.

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