|I do like that this mirrors the cover art so closely!|
After the first episode, I was intrigued. Several things had changed from the book, but it was early enough in the story that I wanted to see where the producers were going with it. However, by the end of the second episode, they were starting to lose me. The changes, I think, are having too much effect on the feel of the story as a whole. A lot of this is character driven.
First and foremost: Barbie (Dale Barbara) and his new background story. In the book, Barbie didn't kill anyone before the dome dropped, and certainly not Julia's husband--because Julia didn't HAVE a husband in the book. This completely changes Barbie's persona in the miniseries. He's much more macho-mysterious-outlaw on TV, which I guess plays better for viewers than the mysterious-but-actually-a-pretty-decent-guy thing he has going on in the book. Anyway, it's clear they want every female character on the show (and viewer?) to find him bangable, so I guess mission accomplished, Hollywood.
My other character issue (so far) is with Junior. They took so much horror out of his story! Without giving anything away--his book character is much more menacing than anything they've portrayed on TV up to this point. And it seems like they aren't going to work in a lot of his actions that they've already skipped over. On TV, I feel like he just comes off as the overly-creepy boyfriend, but in the book, he is much more than that. I really hope they amp this up.
|The fact that this meme even exists says a lot.|
What say you, readers/viewers? How do you like the miniseries so far? Should I keep watching, or better spend my time watching House of Cards (new addiction!) And if you read the book, how do you think it's stacking up?