Let’s not mince words, here is part two of my book to TV adaptations. I have also included a much anticipated TV show that I can’t wait to see come to life.
Here we go.
The 100 – Books, TV series.
The 100 by Kass Morgan – Published from 2013-2015; 3 books.
I’ve mentioned this before, and it’s actually why I got the inspiration to do these blog posts. I read the books after I had gotten into the TV series and I really wasn’t a big fan of them. If you want to read my thoughts on the series you can check it out in my Worst Books 2015 blog.
For the purpose of this blog, I’ll just re-cap the story for you. In the books, we follow four different story lines. All four are teen aged residents of a space station that hold the remaining survivors of a nuclear attack on Earth. Earth has been uninhabitable for almost 100 years.
Because of overcrowding on the space station all crime is punishable by death, unless you are a minor. In which case you are put in prison until you are 18 and then you are tried again and usually executed, or floated. At the start of the book 100 juvenile delinquents are sent to Earth to see if it can support human life again. The juveniles are sent because they are considered expendable. When the spaceship lands, obviously nothing goes as planned, and we follow these four characters through all the shenanigans of trying to survive on Earth. Everything from finding food, water and shelter, to surviving the locals, because surprise! People have managed to survive the apocalypse.
The reason I didn’t like the books was because the show was so good that I had super high expectations and a very different idea of how the story was going. This was one of the rare occasions where they pretty much changed everything, but they improved on it so much that you really can’t complain.
The 100 television series premiered March 19, 2014.
I was introduced to this show late in its first season. I’d seen a few promos but thought it was a little cheesy and didn’t really want to give it my time. Boy was I stupid.
I marathoned the entire first season in under a week and became obsessed with reading the books. It was so well acted and believable, and they were not afraid to kill people, including main characters. This is what the Hunger Games was missing. It’s comparable to the Walking Dead in it’s realistic portrayal of life and death after the apocalypse.
What makes this show so great is that it took some OK source material and just expanded upon it and went so much deeper into the thought process and characterization of all the characters. As a viewer, you can see the decisions that have to be made and it’s just so satisfying when they actually follow through on tough calls.
This show has also been praised for its realistic and varied depictions of sexuality, and as a person who is drawn to love story lines and has an entire fleet of ‘ships that she will gladly go down with, it’s an amazing thing to see. Also, the female characters are incredibly nuanced and portray women up and down the spectrum. It’s great to see so much diversity. There’s still a lot to do, but it’s a great step forward for television.
Check out the trailer below, and if you aren’t watching this series yet, it’s time to seriously re-examine your priorities.
If you want to learn more about the series, check out Keepin’ it “Reel” with Marika’s post about it from last week.
The Mortal Instruments – Books, Movie, TV series.
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare – Published from 2007-2014; 6 books plus 6 spin off series.
We’ve been over this a lot. I’m sure you’re probably getting sick of seeing these book covers so often, but it’s such a good series and I can’t talk about it enough.
Here’s a list of all the times I’ve talked about this series so far, go check them out.
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Anyways, this series has a bit of a rough start, as so many things do, but if you stick it out into the second book it just becomes amazing. There’s this great twist at the end of the first book that I could not go on without knowing. Cassandra Clare has a real knack for continuity and dropping hints that pay off down the line.
Some people criticize this series for beating a dead horse and being a cash cow. Which is totally understandable considering that there are set to be 12 books in the over all series, (who knows there may be even more) and over 15 novellas that have been released so far. The saving grace is that the quality of the writing and the passion of the writer is still there, plus they also introduce new characters that readers can get excited about. It’s a series definitely worth checking out and you can see why, after Harry Potter, Twilight, and the Hunger Games, it was made into a movie.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie released August 21, 2013 – 130 minutes.
I hated this movie. It was just, it was really bad. My biggest problem with it was how much that they changed and cut for no apparent reason and without real explanation.
There were some good things about it too, they just didn’t outweigh the bad parts. A lot of my problems came back to the writing of the script and also the CGI and the decisions that were made there. If I had to visually represent my feelings about this adaptation, and pretty much any adaptation that is made from a book, it would be with this gif:
This is what I wanted to do to every single person who worked on this project. I even invented a job, my dream job really, that basically involved making sure that every single person on set had read the book. Maybe even multiple times. After the fiasco that was Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban and then this, it’s clearly a role that needs to be filled.
The movie tanked, and I think it’s because they didn’t think about what the fans wanted in a movie. They focused on the love story more than anything and that’s not the main focus of the book. Plus Magnus Bane wasn’t in rainbow leather pants so it just fell apart. Robert Sheehan was an amazing choice for Simon though, and I was sad that it wasn’t up to par because he’s a great actor.
Check out the trailer below and judge for yourself.
Shadowhunters television series premiered January 12, 2016.
When I heard that we were getting a #secondchance with a Netflix TV show I couldn’t handle it. I was so excited, but at the same time I was apprehensive about it. It had already been “ruined” with the movie so my expectations were relatively low.
The show premiered a few weeks ago, and so far it’s a mixed bag. It’s slightly better than the movie but it’s still got a few kinks to work out. The last episode that I saw showed a lot of promise of good things to come. It took the Vampire Diaries seven episodes before it really found it’s footing, so I’m willing to reserve judgement until then.
I don’t know what it is about this franchise but they always pick a Simon that is spot on. Alberto Rosende is killing it and he is one of the high points of the show. Alec, who’s played by Matthew Daddario, is hitting his stride too and becoming one of my favourite characters. Harry Shum Jr. is doing a great job as Magnus Bane, the high warlock of Brooklyn, although he has yet to don the signature rainbow leather pants from the book so I won’t let him off that easy.
I’m willing to let this series grow a little and find its footing before completely condemning it, but they really have to step up their game. How they handle some key story lines and twists in the first book will be the real judge of the show for me.
Check out the trailer below and check it out on Netflix.
And finally, here’s an upcoming/much anticipated series that is set to come to Netflix in August of 2016.
A Series of Unfortunate Events – Books, Movie, TV series.
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket – Published from 1999-2006; 13 books plus 3 companion books.
Who hasn’t read at least one of these books? These were pretty much my childhood. I got through at least eight books before they got a little too depressing for me. Plus I wasn’t as well versed in the internet so it was difficult to stay on top of all of them. I’m going to try to finish them up at some point in the future, probably with long breaks in between.
The books follow the three Baudelaire orphans; Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, after their parents die in a mysterious fire. Because they are underage, Sunny’s still teething, they are put in the care of their distant relative Count Olaf who attempts to steal their inheritance. Once Olaf’s original plan is foiled by the orphans they are sent to various other relatives and guardians. Olaf begins stalking the children and makes many attempts to steal their family fortune.
Along the way and throughout the series many characters die and and the Baudelaires learn more about their parents’ mysterious past and their involvement in an organization called V.F.D. In each book the orphans use their particular skills and talents to figure out and stop Count Olaf’s plot. Violet is an inventor, Klaus is a reader, and in the beginning Sunny likes to bite things. As she grows older she becomes very good at cooking.
Because the series was critically acclaimed it seemed like a no-brainer to turn it into a movie.
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events movie released December 17, 2004-107 minutes.
I actually didn’t mind this movie so much. Jim Carrey was a really good casting choice for Count Olaf. Though he may have been a bit over the top, but in the books Olaf was an actor who was prone to wearing outlandish disguises, so it was a pretty decent fit. My issue with the movie was that they tried to cram in too much. This movie tried to include the first three books in the series so the pacing was a little bit off.
The movie actually did pretty well, so I don’t understand why it never got a second movie. It did very well at the box office and even won some awards. My guess is that it just didn’t track well online and there wasn’t any buzz created so they figured no one was interested. I honestly have no idea, I’m just making stuff up.
This was one of the better adaptations that I’ve seen. The only thing they did wrong was they tried to include too much and the villain received his comeuppance by the end of the movie. The books were way more drawn out than that, but it’s still worth a watch. Maybe the timing just wasn’t right, now seems like a good time to bring it to the small screen.
Here’s the trailer for the movie:
A Series of Unfortunate Events series set to premier August 2016 on Netflix.
I just recently learned about this adaptation and there isn’t much out there yet. What I know from IMDB is that Neil Patrick Harris is attached to the project and he’s slated to play Count Olaf. After seeing him in American Horror Story Freak how I think he’ll be a great fit for this role.
This is definitely one of those book series that is better suited to a TV series than a two-hour movie. There is just so much to cover and so much to know. All the little details in the books will be able to come through better in a series.
Because it hasn’t been released yet I can’t really comment on how well it was adapted, but I’m excited to see what they’ve done with the Gothic noir tone of it.
Here’s a teaser trailer to whet your whistle until August:
Thanks for sticking with my guys, I hope you enjoyed. As always, please read responsibly.
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