When the BBC released the 12 episodes of her adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Normal People last week, fans were launched into a social media frenzy, praising the series for its depiction of consensual sex and passing out the character of Paul Mescal , Connell.
But some viewers have focused their admiration on a particular part of Connell’s attire – his silver chain – with one opening an Instagram account in his name.
The simple silver chain – described in the book as “Argos chic” and used to emphasize the division between Connell and Marianne (played by Daisy Edgar Jones) – is rarely around the student’s neck throughout the performance, including under a steamy shower and sex scenes between the troubled couple.
And now the Instagram account @connellschain, which posts photos of Mescal in the jewelry series, has attracted 27,000 followers in three days, while Twitter users have also revealed their desire for the channel, which Vogue has dubbed ” the most erotically charged accessory ”. ‘ on TV.
In contrast, Asos revealed that sales of men’s jewelry had exploded 130% since the show aired, while Argos says that searches for men’s channels also increased by 56%.
Viewers shared their lust on Connell’s channel in BBC’s Normal People. In the photo, Paul Mescal as Connell in the hit show
The simple silver chain – which is described in the books as “Argos chic” and is used to emphasize the division between Connell and Marianne (played by Daisy Edgar Jones) – is rarely around the student’s neck throughout the show, including under a steamy shower and sex scenes between the troubled couple. Connell is pictured in a sex scene wearing the chain
Instagram account @connellschain, which posts photos of Mescal in the jewelry parade, attracted 27,000 subscribers in three days. In the photo, Mescal in the show
“Connell’s neck chain in Normal People deserves its own Emmy nomination,” recently wrote a Twitter user.
“It’s the BBC,” you say to yourself. ‘How are things * really * going to get sexy?’ Then you see the close-up of Connell’s neck chain and realize that you made a big mistake. Said another.
“Connell’s chain. That’s it, this is the tweet ‘added a third.
“You’re lying if Connell’s Normal People channel didn’t make you feel a certain way,” wrote another admirer.
And now it seems that the simple silver link chain, often associated with the heartbeats and boybands of the 90s, is experiencing a resurgence thanks to the show. In the photo, Mescal in the show
Asos revealed that its sales of men’s jewelry have increased 130% since the show aired, while Argos said that searches for men’s channels have also increased 56%. In the photo, Mescal in the show as Connell
And now it seems that the simple silver link chain, often associated with the heartbeats and boybands of the 90s, is experiencing a resurgence thanks to the show.
Lorna Marie Mugan, the show’s costume designer, told The Times that the necklace was so special to Mescal on set that he gave it to Daisy Edgar-Jones on the last day of filming.
Twitter users have also revealed their desire for the channel and Vogue has dubbed it “the most erotically charged television accessory”.
Mescal also spoke about the importance of the chain in getting into the character, explaining to Variety that she was temporarily lost but now in the possession of her co-star.
“I gave her a wrapping gift with photos at the end of the shoot. We then came back to shoot the poster for the show and I had to wear it and she got lost in all the costumes and so on but [it was found eventually] and I think Daisy has it now. You can cancel the search! ‘
He also explained how he ended up wearing this particular chain.
“It’s like Harry Potter, the wand chooses you! […] It was not there in the first montage… then when I came back, there was a selection of different ones and this one seemed just because it’s simple but it’s also a statement that I don’t think Connell knows he does.
Normal People tells the story of teenagers Marianne and Connell from opposite ends of the class division in Ireland. Mescal is portrayed as Connell in the show
Journalist Billie Bhatia, who started creating a viral Instagram account, told Stylist that she was inspired by iconic channels in film history when creating the account, naming Elio in Call Me By Your Name, Leonardo DiCaprio in Romeo and Juliet by Baz Lurman in Joe Gyllenhall in Jarhead and Heath Ledger in 10 things I hate about you.
“It was hilarious, the most that I laughed during this lockout period. I love to see people tag their friends in the comments or share the account with a hilarious caption (“Elio worked so Connell can run” is my favorite so far), because that’s exactly what I would do.
Normal People tells the story of teenagers Marianne and Connell from opposite ends of the class division in Ireland.
He follows them from their school days at Country Sligo to the University of Trinity College Dublin.
Sally Rooney, has been dubbed the voice of a generation after becoming the youngest author to win the prestigious Costa Prize at just 27 years old for Normal People.
The novel, released in 2018, has become a New York Times and an international bestseller. In 2019, the title beat Michelle Obama’s title, becoming the book of the year at the annual British Book Awards.