Hello, my darling readers!
Today I bring you a book vs. TV show posts dealing with a series I already covered in detail in March. I finally had time to pick up the novel the show is based on, so let’s see how that turned out!
The Plot (according to Goodreads):
The body of a young girl is found mangled and murdered in the woods of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, in the shadow of the abandoned Godfrey Steel mill. A manhunt ensues—though the authorities aren’t sure if it’s a man they should be looking for.
Some suspect an escapee from the White Tower, a foreboding biotech facility owned by the Godfrey family—their personal fortune and the local economy having moved on from Pittsburgh steel—where, if rumors are true, biological experiments of the most unethical kind take place. Others turn to Peter Rumancek, a Gypsy trailer-trash kid who has told impressionable high school classmates that he’s a werewolf. Or perhaps it’s Roman, the son of the late JR Godfrey, who rules the adolescent social scene with the casual arrogance of a cold-blooded aristocrat, his superior status unquestioned despite his decidedly freakish sister, Shelley, whose monstrous medical conditions belie a sweet intelligence, and his otherworldly control freak of a mother, Olivia.
Book vs. TV Show:
Oh my, this was bad.
I’ll just write a few words on the first season of the show (as that is what’s covered in the book) but will spend most of the post going over the novel as I already have a detailed review of the adaptation!
So, I saw a post on Tumblr that prompted me to immediately check out the show on Netflix. I pretty much binged the first season and liked it quite a lot. Sure, there were flaws (quite a few of them to be honest) but the idea was good and the vibe of the show was right down my alley. The casting was also on point and the chemistry between Bill Skarsgard and Landon Liboiron was undeniable to I was excited about this whole thing and kept watching. Well, season 2 and 3 were awful and I was disappointed.
Most of the time, books are better than their adaptations so I wanted to give Brian McGreevy’s novel a shot as well.
I shouldn’t have.
While the show had some redeemable qualities, there was nothing I liked about this book. And that says a lot as it should actually be 100% my cup of tea.Continue reading