Monday, June 15, 2015

[Coffee Shop Talks] HBO's Book to TV Series - How Do They Stack Up?

**UPDATE** I had this post written out yesterday evening before watching Game of Thrones. I would just like to say..WHAT THE HELL?!?!? WHY DO YOU KEEP DOING THIS TO US?!? They are seriously testing my loyalty as a fan!!!!!

I don't watch as much TV as I used to years ago, but when I do, I'm always seeing what's on HBO. I'm a big fan of several of their series. Game of Thrones, True Detective, The Leftovers, and Veep are the ones I'm currently following and I LOVE Vice, Real Time With Bill Maher, and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. 

I was a faithful follower of HBO's True Blood and I loved Season 1. I continued to follow because there were certain elements of the story that I liked, but overall it did not come anywhere close to being as good as the books. And I don't say this because the TV series didn't follow the same storyline as the novels. I just didn't fall in love with the world and the characters in the same way that I did when I read the Sookie Stackhouse series.

I'm a huge Game of Thrones fan and I think it's one of the best TV series ever created. This has to be the only series I will ever watch that is able to keep my devotion as a hardcore fan even after my favorite characters are killed off. At this point in the show I'm crazy about Arya, Jon, Tyrion, and Daenerys. If one of them were to die, I would be pissed, but I still wouldn't quit this show. That being said, I have only read the first half of A Game of Thrones. Honestly, it's a lot to tackle. Sure, there are only 5 books so far, but that's nearly 5,000 pages. They're massive. Also, I'm not really interested in knowing what will happen to the characters or what should have happened to them that didn't. Not yet anyways.

I like The Leftovers...but I don't really know why I like The Leftovers. It was often irritating because during the entire season you don't really know what's going on. Maybe that mystery is part of the appeal, but it still drove me crazy at times. The other appealing aspect of this show is obviously Justin Theroux. Great eye candy. I do plan on reading Tom Perrotta's "The Leftovers" to see how it compares, but I want to wait and see where Season 2 goes first.

Do you follow any of these series and have you read the books? 
How do you think they compare?



Danielle Romero said...

Ah its killing me. I'm going to watch GoT today, I missed it last night but I'm so nervous to see what happens

Traci Horton said...

I've been listening to the audio of GoT (only way I knew I would be able to tackle it) but have only seen the first season so far. I've accepted (sort of) the deaths they have happened so far...but I heard about the one this past weekend and had to start checking to see if it happened in the books too since I haven't gotten there quite yet in audio...I'm already devestated!

Anne Hannah said...

Love your *edit*, Cat! LOL!

Braine TS said...

I love Bill Maher & John Oliver's shows! HBO makes decent adaptations, except for Sookie's book. I didn't realize that world can get more horrible than how CHarris wrote it in the end.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

I didn't have HBO for so long, and now I do but I don't watch the shows because I didn't have it when they started.

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