What do you think?

It seems that alot of people are upset that the series is not in lockstep with the books. I agree that it is quite shocking and it will take a little while for me to adjust to the new vibe of the story but I dont think that it is that bad at all.


I could go on a rant about the gross differences between the two but that would just get me agitated. I am sure that within a week or two there will be whole websites devoted to that so there is no need.

I am however concerned about a couple of plot lines; the manner as to how Richards' mom died, how Khalan got across the boundary (the sacrifices that were not mentioned) and Richards' lack of knowledge of the contents of the book. All the other differences are somewhat cosmetic to the story. Dont get me wrong, cosmetic details are priceless in Fantasy; Richard pulling Khalan back from the darkness when the Night Whisp "Char" dies. Zed being more than a "crazy old man", Khalans' "Intelligent green eyes", the words "Truth" on the handle of the sword...however,


There is one aspect behind the sword of truth that I feel must be mentioned as by now in the books you are fully aware of the fact. If you want to wait till it gets revealed in the series then by all means wait and Do NOT read the rest of the paragraph. When you kill with the Sword of Truth you see the true nature of the person you kill. This is an overwhelming fact that Richard realized when he kills the first person; he gets inundated with how the person he just killed was doing what he thought was right and how that person was truly a good person, they were just deceived by [in this case] Darken Rahl. He has to deal with this EVERY time he kills someone with the sword. There is only one thing that can get you past the intense knowledge of killing a truly good people because they are blinded by evil, and that is rage. The only person who can keep this rage in check and not get twisted by it is the real Seeker of Truth - Richard. Richard is a very calm person by nature and it is through the sword of truth that he learns to channel this rage.


The Sword of Truth series is one of my favorite and I love the complexities of it. This new version, although skewed from the original, is an awesome display of fantasy. After all if it was 100% the same it would be too predictable, this way they keep us guessing.

I will keep watching it though and thought, and keep crossing my fingers.

All the best.

D.

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Nov 6, 2008 10:28PM EST

So much wrong.... so much. I was optimistic, storyline tweaking is acceptable, but as far as I can tell they've just used character names and concepts lifted from the books, and made some general fantasy story.
I'm sorry but this falls too far from the books, the character interactions aren't the same, they're nowhere near what they were. I think they're trying not to lose people by showing them everything at once, but really they're just kicking the character development in the nuts.
I wish I could say more, but there is so much wrong that I have a rather large welt on my forehead right now.

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Nov 7, 2008 4:39PM EST

I was so looking forward to this series. I love Terry Goodkind's work in the Sword of Truth series. But the amount of changes they have made in making this series is abominable. I completely agree with Artector's comment. I just find it hard to hold my optimism when they've completely destroyed the character development in the very first episode. I mean, the fact that Richard is raised by his real mother in the books, so that he later learns not to hate himself when he learns who his real father is. Richard is supposed to have learned the Book of Counted Shadows by heart well before he meets Kahlan, as it is an important story point that no-one knows the whereabouts of the Book, and no one knows that Richard knows anything about it, not even Zedd. George Cypher being dead weeks before the start of the story. The point that no-one knows that Zedd is the First Wizard because he cast a death spell to that effect. Richard is supposed to work out that Zedd is the First Wizard Kahlan is looking for and thus mark himself as the Seeker of Truth. Zedd and Richard are supposed to be more a part of one another's lives so that the later reveal is less far-fetched. Even down to the fact that Kahlan should have green eyes, and Darken Rahl should be blond, which although they are cosmetic are important story aspects later in the series.
In short, it was just awful. Yet another classic series, rich with proper and complex character development and story plotting that would blow your mind, condensed into a poorly thought-out, poorly acted, 40-minute time-waster for the mindless masses.

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Nov 7, 2008 9:44PM EST

omg its absolute utter rubbish, the acting is crap as well as the story, they murdered the book so far, ive read the books and this is just churned out crap, of course i will keep watching crossing my fingers that it will get better but at the minute its far too much like zena sooooo disappointed

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Nov 8, 2008 9:19PM EST

I could care less about Kahlan's eyes or Darken Rahl's hair color to the amazing flaw they made in Darken Rahl's character. He isn't covered in freaking burns anymore, that's something I would expect them to have.
One of the other major bugs (besides character development) is that they've totally misrepresented the postion and power of the Seeker. The Sword of Truth shatters regular swords and blows apart heads. The one they have in this series is a sword... that kinda occasionally glows. And as far as I remember no-one but Richard knew the sword was able to tap into previous wielder's abilities (and that was after carrying it for a LONG time).
The next worst thing (aside from screwing characters), is that they've left out the boxes of Orden and the fact that NONE of them can kill Darken Rahl.
I'm gonna keep tabs on this show... but overall, its just too painful.

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Nov 12, 2008 6:58PM EST

I've only seen one episode so far, but it is heart wrenching how wrong it is. I saw previews for this and I nearly flipped out with excitement. I prayed to the good spirits that it would be decent, not great just decent, but I was let down and hard. I can get past bad acting (it is fanasty after all), I can get past ridiculous fight scenes, but for the life of me I can't get past the book of counted shadows. How will the story progress? How? Answer me that, please? As soon I heard that I pronounced this series dead. If it can't keep the people who read the series interested, it won't last past 1 season. I will continue to watch it, but only half-heartedly and only because I love Goodkind so much. No matter how painful it gets.

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Nov 13, 2008 6:22PM EST

I don't understand why they didn't send him to the Mud People, that would make a pretty awesome episode. Seriously, the first episode was ok as a pilot, but second episode was far too Xena...Warrior Princess. Not that Xena isn't good, it just has a certain style and is pretty minimalist.
I don't think the current actor is a good Richard, he's just spitting out way too many corny lines. Also, Zed looks like a lost pet druid, I imagined him more as a Richard Harris meets Ian McKellen.

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Nov 13, 2008 6:25PM EST

D'you know what the worst thing is? The show LOOKS well made, like there's money behind it.... it's just the script writing that's crap.

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Nov 13, 2008 9:51PM EST

This is horrible! I only watched episode 1-2 and I'm totally disappointed. So many things wrong... I can understand some of the changes made, but most are simply too much. Most of the flaws were already mentioned in other comments, so I won't repeat what others said, but there is another flaw worth mentioning: the breach in the Boundary is caused by D'Harians bombarding it with rocks and fire? Even with magic involved this is ridiculous! Wouldn't it be easier to film anyway if it was already there, like it should be? It's nothing more than an excuse for more swordplay.
The characters completely lack depth, Kahlan being nothing more that a pretty girl that faints every time she uses her power, Richard some guy with a sword and a new title and Zed a crazy man doing nothing more than casting spells and giving out one-line lessons like candy. I would really have loved to see Zed talk the village people into leaving them alone, it's one of my favourite scenes in the book, but I expected not to see it.
Plus some of the cosmetic changes had no reason to be. Would it have killed someone if Darken Rahl would have been blond and wearing withe, or Addie in a tan robe with red and yellow symbols, or if she had a with a raspy voice, or if Zed had his cat instead of chickens? And isn't Micheal supposed to be on the fat side with long hair?
Also in my opinion Chase is nowhere near as large, as armed and as intimidating as I imagined him, but maybe that's just me. I had to say it even though it's nothing compare to all the other errors in this series.

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Dec 16, 2008 9:52PM EST

what do I think I think Darken Rahl needs to come out and play more.

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