A couple of friends were over the other night and as we chatted at the low table underneath the bookshelf, the topic came up: which is better, book or film? We had such a good time, letting loose the inner critique, I thought it would be fun to do the same here. I’ll get us started!
I’ve watched/read both and have to say, the tv series rocks my world the most. LJ Smith's tone and engagement is different, and although a milestone in the genre, I didn’t fall in love with the characters in the same was as I did in Julie Pleck and Kevin Williamson’s dark, romantic supernatural show. For starters, LJ Smith’s Elena Gilbert is a bit of a bitch. Pleck and Williamson portray her differently, and that’s not just sans the blonde hair and blue eyes. She’s a whole lot kinder and more compassionate that her literary double ganger. I find myself caring whether she gets her throat ripped out or not. I think the CW has kept to the spirit of the novels while creating a more expansive, immersible story.
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This is a tough one. Though they share many characters, themes and storylines, the delivery is, by necessity, quite different. The novels are written in the first person. This is Sookie’s story, and we are always in her head. To make an engaging tv series, the writers had to expand out from there and the tone of the show is next level to the books in terms of sex, violence, blood, lust and . . . well, sex. It goes places the Southern Vampire Series only hints at, yet there is something familiar and alluring in the heroine Sookie in the novels. Curling up with one of the books, especially numbers 1-8, is something of a comfort, like revisiting an old friend. I vote for both.
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Easy. I like them both equally for the emotional charge, scale, visual spender and raw, relentless reminder of the sometimes tarnished and sometimes glowing human spirit. Book or screen, they leave me breathless. The novels are, of course, deeper, denser and, if possible, more murderous. The show is a feast of optical wonder, from sets to costumes to characters. What's not to love?
What do you think?
Novel? Screen, big or small? We’d love to hear what you love and/or hate about stories delivered in multiple mediums! Comments welcome!
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