A disappointment when compared to the Novels

It's a shame I'm a huge fan of the books but the series pretty much butchers them. Most of the compelling points have been ground down to mediocrity if not left out altogether. I understand that things need to be sacrificed in order to take things to the screen but if it weren't for the names it would be unrecognizable. LOTR proved it's possible to do a decent adaption and with an extra 11 hours or so of footage I had high expectations.


I have tried to judge the show purely on it's own merits but I find it painful to watch as it diverges almost completely from the books. If your a fan of the series I would suggest you stay away from it since you will likely spend the show wondering WTF and wincing.


If your not a fan you may find some redeeming value in the show but if you do and like it. I'd highly suggest you turn off the TV and pick up the books. There is no comparison between the quality of the two.


A true shame.


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May 2, 2009 7:22PM EDT

Even though the Show does Not follow the books, I believe they have captured most of the essence of each character. I am a fan of the books and I do find myself cringing when they change a major plot line from the books but I still have to watch it. It's a good show, it just doesn't do the books justice.

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May 2, 2009 8:26PM EDT

i mostly agree. the awesome storyline of the novels is completely lost in this episodic format. But the characters I think do a decent job aside from some cheesy lines. Im just glad they could still have some nicely choreographed fight scenes and some CGI

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May 2, 2009 9:46PM EDT

Terry Goodkind's series is quite good, I haven't finished reading them all yet(currently reading Naked Empire)so that can change.
That being said, this show is a fine piece of visual entertainment, yes, it deviates from the books as far as key plot points go, but you must remember, Terry himself helps write the episodes, and gives them approval for airing. Not to mention the fact that it airs on network TV and it is Disney who is behind this show.
Everyone knows what to expect when you have Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert at the helm, and once again, they do not disappoint! They are making an entertaining show that has cross-market appeal, one cannot deny that they are giving people a good show.
Now, if HBO or Showtime was behind this show...there is no doubt that it would be a completely different monster, rife with all the violence and bondage that we've come to expect from the books.
I myself am hoping that HBO's Game of Thrones pilot episode will thrill the execs into making a full fledged series out of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire books. A much better series that deserves a proper rendering to the small screen.

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May 3, 2009 12:03PM EDT

I have to agree with the first comment the show destroys the storyline of the books they should have made films like LOTR so they could have kept the storyline similar and not have to make random episodes like richards mum being alive and bringing his sister in too early and as for "capture most of the essence of each character" it doesnt! just look at gillar a mad man who creates a cure for confessors power! hes not even a full wizard let alone a war wizard.And whats with the kiss of breath being a magic power of the mord sith they are suppost to hate magic not have it the kiss of breath is just CPR nothing magical about that!!!!!!!!!!

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May 4, 2009 6:06PM EDT

the show doesnt destroy the storyline of the books. It doesnt use the storyline from the books. I dont understand why this is such a difficult concept. This is based very loosely on the books, but functions as its own story. They didnt want to make a show where every episode is an inadequate version (due to time constraint) of the books, and thus avoided that problem by not trying to be true to them.
Its a fun show, enjoy it for what it is and stop criticizing it for not being what you wish it were.

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May 4, 2009 9:13PM EDT

Actually i am a true fan of the book series but i must say that i like the tv series now it took some time to get over that dreading part but i must say the character playing Richard Cypher isnt wat i expected. I was thinking of some really muscular dude like the book describes richard not a skinny guy lol but i guess that is my personal opinion lol

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May 7, 2009 9:59PM EDT

As a fan of the books I agree that it is difficult to see them make these changes, especially as I wonder how they will continue with later episodes, for example sending Rachel with a stranger rather than with Chase, they will not be able to complete the series without having her be adopted by chase. Or letting Dena live, who will be richard's guide in the spirit world? That said, after finishing the books, it is nice to still have a new dose of Kahlan and Richard every week even if its not true to the books, it's still, to me, better than nothing.

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May 8, 2009 9:44PM EDT

Well, my image of Richard was something like the cover artwork. Also, I'd have to disagree with the fight scenes...
Sadly... There's no more books, and I was disappointed with the ending...

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Jun 27, 2009 2:14AM EDT

Yes the books were amazing but you guys act like the show is the worst thing in the whole world and it's not!It's not that bad. I'm starting to like it actually.

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