Posts that have been tagged with: "Books vs. Shows"

Review

The Last Kingdom

Posted: August 30, 2016 by Vanessa in Books We Love Meta: Bernard Cornwell, Fiction, Books vs. Shows
The Last Kingdom

Bernard Cornwell is one of the master storytellers in historical fiction today. I first learned about Cornwell via his Sharpe series based on his books, which take place during the Napoleonic wars (when the show first came out–this probably dates me). Sean Bean played the title character, and after watching the first episode I was hooked, watched the rest of the series, and then had to go back and read Cornwell’s books. When I learned he was writing a series about the formation of a unified Anglo-Saxon England in the 9th Century, I started with THE LAST KINGDOM and have been keeping current with the series ever since.

So imagine my glee when I learned there is a TV series for these books, too.
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Review

All You Need is Kill

Posted: September 19, 2014 by Steven in Books We Like Meta: Hiroshi Sakurazaka, Military SF, Books vs. Shows
All You Need is Kill

I am continually fascinated by novels and short stories being made into movies and TV shows. Half the fun of it is the whole process of comparing the two versions and having that debate about which is “better”. I realize how fruitless such comparisons can be, and I also realize that most people opt for the auto-response of “the book is better”. Thing is, that isn’t always the case. Just look at the Dexter novels vs. the TV show as an easy example.
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Review

Hemlock Grove

Posted: September 5, 2014 by Steven in Books We Like Meta: Brian McGreevy, Horror, Books vs. Shows
Hemlock Grove

I’d been curious about HEMLOCK GROVE for a while. Netflix had made a series out of it. The series got mixed reviews, but was renewed for a second season. A lot of people have asked me if I’d read the book it was based on and if I’d also watched the first season. So when I was offered a review copy o the novel, I figured it was the perfect opportunity to satisfy that curiosity.
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Review

True Grit

Posted: March 14, 2011 by Steven in Books We Like Meta: Charles Portis, Western, Books vs. Shows
True Grit

I grew up a John Wayne fan; I readily and unashamedly admit it. For whatever reason I absolutely loved his movies–The Longest Day, McLintock! and El Dorado being among my favorites. My grandparents owned a video rental store, so when I wasn’t watching Transformers, Voltron or G.I. Joe, I was watching John Wayne movies. It was with mixed emotions that I first saw the trailer for the Coen Bros. remake of John Wayne’s True Grit. Honestly I originally planned on sitting this movie out. You just don’t remake John Wayne. Right?
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Review

The Walking Dead – Book 1

Posted: January 14, 2011 by Steven in Books We Like Meta: Robert Kirkman, Horror, Books vs. Shows, Graphic Novels
The Walking Dead – Book 1

It is natural that various art mediums look to each other for inspiration. The movie industry has been looking to novels for, well, ever. TV looks to movies and novels. Graphic novels, lately, has become to go-to source for new visual material. While watching AMC’s Mad Men and Breaking Bad, new ads began showing for a new show. A show about zombies. The Walking Dead. It looked fantastic.
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Review

Darkly Dreaming Dexter

Posted: August 13, 2009 by Steven in Books We Like Meta: Jeff Lindsay, Horror, Books vs. Shows
Darkly Dreaming Dexter

Have you met Dexter Morgan? Surely you have watched the Showtime series based on his character, or even better, read the absurdly entertaining novels by Jeff Lindsay?

If you answered “no” to any of those questions, you have problems.

It’s time everyone met Dexter, a blood-spatter specialist who works for the Miami Police Department. He is good at his job. He has a girlfriend. His tries to take care of his sister (also in the Miami P.D.).

Dexter Morgan is also a serial killer.
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