The True Story Behind Netflix’s Sex/Life Will Make You Sweat

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Sex/Life may be the most titillating sexual fantasy on Netflix, but for author B. B. Easton it's understandably unreal.

Why? Well, for those who may not know, the new drama is based on her 2016 book, 44 Chapters About 4 Men. Similar to the series, the memoir was initially a journal of sorts for B.B., who documented her past escapades with ex-lovers, which included "a tattoo artist turned U.S. Marine turned motorcycle club outlaw, a baby-faced punk rocker out on parole and a heavy metal bass player," per the Amazon description.

On taking this sexy walk down memory lane, B.B. told Oprah Daily, "That was the most cathartic experience for me. It helped me form a bridge between my current life and the girl I used to be. I was living my current life but I was writing about all these fun experiences and it helped me feel like I was the same person."

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Of course, Netflix has since taken this cathartic experience and turned into one of the hottest shows of 2021—or maybe ever. "Sex/Life is the story of a love triangle between a woman, her husband, and her past that takes a provocative new look at female identity and desire," a description for the show explained. "Exhausted from taking care of her two young kids and feeling nostalgic for her past, Billie starts journaling and fantasizing about her passionate exploits with sexy ex-boyfriend Brad (Adam Demos), the big heartbreak she never got over. But the more Billie remembers, the more she wonders how she got here—and then her husband (Mike Vogel) finds her journal."


And like Billie and Cooper's sexual revolution throughout the series, the book's description teased that the discovery of the journal by B.B.'s husband made him up "his f–king game." 

Although there are similarities between the book and TV adaptation, B.B. never left her husband for another man. "It's the same undertone of the book," she said on this key change. "Is there something better? Does it get better than this? She's exploring the same question…it ramps up the drama."

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