Character Portrayal Botchery

There have been quite a few people complaining about the storyline of the show not following that of the books, and while I have read all the books and can relate, its really not that big a deal. Just think of it as a completely different story with the same characters.


This is the point where I start to get annoyed. Partly at the people who complain about Richard not having blond hair and Kahlan not having green eyes. These are their biggest complaints with the character portrayals? Seriously?


How about that fact that the Richard of the show is a scrawny man with fine delicate facial bone structure. One shield blow to the face and he would need his shattered jaw wired and multiple reconstructive surgeries to reacquire his pretty-boy looks.


How about the meek servile looks Kahlan keeps throwing Richard. Submissive glances that smack of cliched feminine weakness, and not the strong willful nature she is meant to have.


Zed is decent, but only when compared to Richard and Kahlan, and Darken Rahl is surprisingly accurate. But overall these badly botched character portrayals are what I am most furious about. There is still the mediocre acting and cheesy lines of course, but this is standard mindless fantasy fare, so too much complaining is unseemingly.


The only thing that really made me mad was when Richard returned The Sword of Truth to it's scabbard covered in blood. I nearly fell out of my chair.


In truth I mostly enjoy the show. Once you get the idea that it will be nothing like the books, you begin to enjoy the simple steel and sorcery fantasy. There is really nothing horribly wrong with the show, aside from it being based of something so much better that it seems a grotesque mockery by comparison.

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Nov 16, 2008 11:12PM EST

My problems are the relationships between Richard, Zedd, and Richard's mother. In the books, Zedd is Richard's grandfather, Richard's mother is Zedd's daughter, and it seems his mother isn't aware of her "father", so I'm interested in how they're going to fit it in, or just leave it out, which would screw up the wizard of "two powerful bloodlines"

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Nov 16, 2008 11:44PM EST

Correction: I wrote this before I saw the latest episode, so I guess his "mother" wasn't his mother, and they say Zedd is his grandfather, but I would have liked to see a closer relationship between Zedd and Richard while in Hartland.
Also, I want to see how they're going to avoid the whole book of counted shadows with the confessor in People's Palace

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Nov 17, 2008 7:50AM EST

Ofcouse there will be differences between the books and the show.. otherwise it would take all the fun out of it. I am very excited to see how they do different parts of the books and the relationships that come into play. the only part i miss so far really is the fact that zedd is not as funny as he is in the book. But maybe his charater gets softer. I am very excited to see the series though. I live in europe now and just found out about the show this week. Very excited to keep tuned to sidereel for those wonderful people state-side so i can still watch my favorite shows. keep em coming :)

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Nov 17, 2008 12:35PM EST

I completely agree! The character dynamics are way off. Richard is suppose to be calm and reasonable, not losing his temper at everything. Also Kalhan is the Mother Confessor, why hasn't she been acting more noble and assertive? I think the character dynamics was my favorite thing about the book series because it was unlike any other story. Now the characters are just kind of mediocre and cliche.I am probably going to continue watching it though, just because I am such a fan of the books.

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Nov 17, 2008 4:34PM EST

Well said ladyKatie. Your point about Richard's temperament is very accurate. Although he does get angry often enough in the books as well, it is his righteous fury. There is non of the petulance often depicted in the show.
Thanks for your insightful response.

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Nov 18, 2008 12:07AM EST

I was most disappointed in the pilot that the pre-existing relationship with Zed wasn't there, and even more when it wasn't revealed that Zed is Richard's grandfather.I'm glad that that secret has been revealed, if only to the audience, it'll make for a good show later on in the series. I just hope it's not too later on.
But as you said, this is the Tv show, not the books. Books are always better than the Tv, especially since Terry Goodkind isn't really known for limiting his writing to a certain number of pages like they need to do in television.

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