From Page to Screen…TV Style

Confession time…I don’t watch tv. Nope. If I see a series that I think will interest me, I download the first episode, check it out, and then wait and pick it up on blu-ray and pull a marathon. My shows include Arrow, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals (which I haven’t seen even 5 minutes of, but bought anyways), and True Blood. But, it looks like my collection might be soon growing, since there is a whole crop of book adaptations hitting the small screen that I just haven’t gotten to. Yet.

Bitten is what actually made me write this post. I had heard something about Kelley Armstrong‘s Women of the Otherworld books making the jump to tv a few months ago, but it promptly slipped my mind. I only recently started reading (and really liking) the series, so I decided to take the plunge and pick up season one.

From Page…

Elena Michaels is the world’s only female werewolf. And she’s tired of it. Tired of a life spent hiding and protecting, a life where her most important job is hunting down rogue werewolves. Tired of a world that not only accepts the worst in her–her temper, her violence–but requires it. Worst of all, she realizes she’s growing content with that life, with being that person.

So she left the Pack and returned to Toronto where she’s trying to live as a human. When the Pack leader calls asking for her help fighting a sudden uprising, she only agrees because she owes him. Once this is over, she’ll be squared with the Pack and free to live life as a human. Which is what she wants. Really.

To Screen…

And who hasn’t heard about the Outlander adaptation, based on the books by Diana Gabaldon? This is another series I have been hesitating to pick up – not because of the length of the books, but because I have an iffy relationship with historical romance. It used to be all I read back in my college days, but I find historical with a paranormal bent is really hit or miss for me. However, the buzz I am hearing is so good for this one I just might have to break down and start buying both the show AND the books.

From Page…

outlanderThe year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon–when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach–an “outlander”–in a Scotland torn by war and raiding Highland clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into intrigues and dangers that may threaten her life…and shatter her heart. For here she meets James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, and becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire…and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

To Screen…

Now, to be honest, I hadn’t heard of either the book or the show for this next one until the author, Brian McGreevy, sent over a request for a review. Hemlock Grove is a Netflix original series that already has a couple of seasons under its belt (where have I even been?!?).

From Page…

hemlock groveThe 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.

At once a riveting mystery and a fascinating revelation of the grotesque and the darkness in us all, Hemlock Grove has the architecture and energy to become a classic in its own right—and Brian McGreevy the talent and ambition to enthrall us for years to come.

To Screen…

And the final one that comes to mind is Melissa de la Cruz‘s Witches of East End. This is another one that slipped under my radar, for some reason (and here I thought I was more in touch than that). This one is part way into its second season, but I haven’t heard much about it either way.

From Page…

witches of east endThe three Beauchamp women–Joanna and her daughters Freya and Ingrid–live in North Hampton, out on the tip of Long Island. Their beautiful, mist-shrouded town seems almost stuck in time, and all three women lead seemingly quiet, uneventful existences. But they are harboring a mighty secret–they are powerful witches banned from using their magic. Joanna can resurrect people from the dead and heal the most serious of injuries. Ingrid, her bookish daughter, has the ability to predict the future and weave knots that can solve anything from infertility to infidelity. And finally, there’s Freya, the wild child, who has a charm or a potion that can cure most any heartache.

For centuries, all three women have been forced to suppress their abilities. But then Freya, who is about to get married to the wealthy and mysterious Bran Gardiner, finds that her increasingly complicated romantic life makes it more difficult than ever to hide her secret. Soon Ingrid and Joanna confront similar dilemmas, and the Beauchamp women realize they can no longer conceal their true selves. They unearth their wands from the attic, dust off their broomsticks, and begin casting spells on the townspeople. It all seems like a bit of good-natured, innocent magic, but then mysterious, violent attacks begin to plague the town. When a young girl disappears over the Fourth of July weekend, they realize it’s time to uncover who and what dark forces are working against them.

With a brand-new cast of characters, a fascinating and fresh world to discover, and a few surprise appearances from some of the Blue Blood fan favorites, this is a page-turning, deliciously fun, magical summer read fraught with love affairs, witchcraft, and an unforgettable battle between good and evil.

To Screen…

What is your take on this “new” batch of book-to-tv adaptations? Any fans so far? How faithful have the shows stuck to the source material, and does liking one mean you automatically check out the other? I do know starting the Women of the Otherworld books made me interested in the show, and the good reviews of the Outlander series have made me consider getting the books, but do you do the same?


18 thoughts on “From Page to Screen…TV Style

  1. Melissa says:

    I loved the Women of the Otherworld series and HATED the TV show. I thought it was awful. The Outlander books were… okay, but I really like the show. I haven’t seen the Witches of East End but I would like to.

    • kaleigha says:

      I am on book four right now of Women of the Otherworld, since I am doing a Kelley Armstrong marathon to get caught up, and I have been season one I am going to try tonight. Maybe reading while watching will make me like it more.

    • kaleigha says:

      I think Outlander is another one I will marathon when it comes out on blu-ray. Hopefully it will get me interested in the books, too.

  2. Lisa says:

    Witches of East End is one of my favorite shows, I love Aunt Wendy, have not read the books though. I think the Originals is excellent, Klaus is a diabolical mastermind. I watched Bitten all the way through, it was ok, books are much better.The Bridge is also good, dark and gritty.

    • kaleigha says:

      I was a bit bummed because Witches of East End (I always type Eastwick) only came out on DVD. Not sure what is going on with that.

  3. Sandy says:

    BITTEN the t.v. Series doesn’t NOT follow the book…it was soooo very disappointing. I wanted to cry with some of the events in the television show… far off from the books…sadly I am not sure if I will watch season two as they are already hinting at things that never happened in the books.

    • kaleigha says:

      Hm, sort of like a True Blood situation, then. True Blood worked for me because I haven’t read the books yet, but I would get annoyed if I knew the story and it didn’t roughly follow along.

  4. PhoenixFyre says:

    Then we will eventually also have Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series on TV. We should find out more info on it in 2015. I know her first movies from Chronicles of Nick “Infinity” is being made a movie for 2015.

    Sherrilyn Kenyon will be writing the screenplays for both the movie and series. She doesn’t want them changing anything and wants it done just like her books. I just wonder who they are going to find to play Acheron/Styxx. Acheron looks like he is 20 and also he is supposed to be absolutely gorgeous. But I can’t wait.

    • kaleigha says:

      From what I understand, the movie option for Karen Marie Moning’s Fever world was let expire, too. She was actually happy with that, because she is aiming to go the tv route – so she has more say in the product. Nice idea.

    • Emily says:

      Thanks for that info! After reading this post, I pulled up the Web page just so I could ask about Dark Hunters and CoN. That is beyond awesome that Kenyon is writing the screenplays. Usually movies are horrible compared to the books but now I have high expectations for these.

  5. kim says:

    I love love love Witches of East End! It’s such a good show with some great actresses. Its on the top five of my new obsessions.

  6. Mariya Davis (@mariya_davis) says:

    I loved the Bitten book, and I loved the tv series. I did have a few issues with it, and honestly at this point people always complain it doesn’t follow the book, a lot of book to tv adaptions do not follow the book completely, but mostly the main storyline, most of the stuff was still there they just tweaked it a bit. I mean The Vampire Diaries went way off the subject line, and I loved TVD tv way better than the book.

    As for Outlander I decided to read the book just for the tv series. I loved the tv series, love it to death, but not so much the book, I had many issued with it which I won’t go in detail explaining, but it was a 50/50 chance I would’ve liked the book b/c I’m not a huge history reader.

    I do gotta check out that witches of east end series, I haven’t read the book, but I love paranormal series that has to do with witches, vampires, werewolves, any of it. I love it. I would definitely hope for some more paranormal related tv series.

    About Fever though I seen one of the comments about movie option thing coming to a close. I’m kinda glad about that as well. I feel like urban fantasy books or the book to tv I’ve seen so far do sooooo much better as tv adaption than movie adaptions. I’m hoping for that.

    • kaleigha says:

      I am not a monster historical romance fan anymore, either, which is part of what stopped me from picking up the book. Might have to ease into it and see how it goes.

  7. Shannon C. says:

    Kaleigha, do you have Netflix available where you are? I also like to ‘save up’ the good shows and watch them back to back. My hubby subscribed to Netflix and it has a lot of good shows that you can watch in a row, when you want.

    Game of Thrones is my favorite supernatural/fantasy type show. Very well done! The Bitten TV show didn’t grab me. It was just OK. I’ve been watching Haven (good paranormal show) and Alias (terrific spy show) on Netflix most recently. Also still keeping up with Vampire Diaries & The Originals (good vampire shows). I used to watch True Blood but stopped after a while–did not like where the storyline went.

    A bunch of seasons of Supernatural is available on Netflix too. Has anyone watched it and if so do you recommend it? I watched the pilot and thought it was OK, but a lot of times shows get better as they go on.

    • PhoenixFyre says:

      I love Superatural. I have been watching it for the past 9 seasons and I also have them on Blu-ray. Nothing like watching two hot guys fight the supernatural world. This show is one that I have stuck with throughout.

    • kaleigha says:

      Nope, no Netflix, but I do pick up the blu-ray’s when the good ones are released. I loved Alias back in the day, and Vampire Diaries is a huge guilty pleasure (and I really need to get the Originals going, too). Supernatural was a huge favorite of mine, but I admit it has been a few seasons since I watched. Nothing against the show, but I just sort of drifted away. I still plan on doing a catch up..someday.

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