I'm a little embarassed to say that I enjoyed the show based on Tanya Huff's books more than I enjoyed the books themselves. I think iTunes recommended the show to me...? Probably? Anyway, I loved it. I was so excited when the books finally came to kindle. And then I bailed on what I believe was the third one. The one....hmmm. I don't want to spoil them for someone who hasn't read them. If you haven't read the books. look away now...The one where they killed her mom. I couldn't make it past the third chapter of that one. And it was a slog to complete the one before that. (You can look back now, if you were looking away). The one before that, ironically, contained a marathon. I felt like I had run a marathon by the time I finished that one.
Also, I have enjoyed True Blood the past several seasons, but this season kinda sucks so far. It's not based on any of the books that I can tell. It's just torture pr0n and vampire politics. I could read an Anita book and get that. Poor use of the actors and the time, imho. I mean, I hope someone is enjoying this season, because I'm not even rushing home now to see the beginning of it. "The Newsroom", otoh, was awesome.
The Tanya Huff book I didn't particularly enjoy was the second one, but I was fine with all the others. Don't know why. I enjoyed Henry's backstory-use of a historical character that actually made sense. (Total side note: His character is one of the ones that "The Tudors" completely gets wrong, on purpose probably. As my son said, it's a fast-moving series about King Jonathan Rhys Meyers. It's hilarious.)
I saw most of the first season of True Blood. It was obvious that they were diverging from the series, which I can be OK with. But I don't care that much about the eye-candy aspects, and I've had the feeling that they were going for the "see the sexy vampires" aspect. I agree with you about the vampire politics and torture porn end of the spectrum, too-I don't have the patience for the one, and don't want to see the other. What I enjoyed about Sookie, actually, was her commonsense approach to having a psychic disability, and her normality in the face of a world of supernatural creatures who were mostly hidden from the majority of humanity for at least half the series-the weres didn't announce themselves until several books in.
And that would be good, because they were pretty intriguing characters, actually. The girl assistant wasn't in the books per se, but was a good addition; and I like the idea of side plots that contribute to the overall theme.
I came to grips with the idea in Season 3 that they weren't even loosely adhering to the plots of the books anymore, and that this was a just a show whose characters happened to have the same names as a set of books I like.
But I'm just really not digging this season at all. Yes, we've had more Alcide and that's always a plus. But since I don't know where this whole Bill/Eric storyline is going, I don't care how they're getting there.
Mags: I also loved "Sports Night" when it was on TV. The Newsroom is like that but without sports. Or, at least the first episode was. But it also fit with my preconceived notion of how a national news show should be run. This is probably not the case at all.
Edited to say: I liked The Tudors too, once I made the committment to forgetting everything I had ever read about the real people.
I haven't seen the episodes from this season of Trueblood yet. So far the only season that I hated was the one with Mary Ann and I didn't hate it entirely, just the parts that focused on her character. Early on I decided these were different stories about the same characters so I doesn't bother me that the series diverges from the books.
I want to like the Tudors, but I couldn't get around Henry VIII being played as a buff, sexy guy. I think even when he was young he wasn't, but, you know, he got the chicks because, hey King of England.
I remember "Sports Night" but never go to see it much. I loved "West Wing," but then I'm a D. C. area native and a former Federal government employee. A friend of mine didn't like West Wing precisely because he formerly worked with people like the main characters, and couldn't stand them.
My whole family, except me, has worked at the local Renaissance Festival, which has a pretty high standard for historical accuracy in some things (making landsknecht pants with codpieces without patterns was quite an experience). I loved the Keith Michel Henry VIII series, and the contrast with that makes "The Tudors" even sillier.
He was actually a pretty buff, sexy guy in his youth, but what we remember about him are the portraits at the end of his life. Watch the old PBS "Six Wives of Henry VIII" series for a better physical representation. He was renowned for his athleticism, scholarship, piety, and musical ability early on. But he wasn't 25 any more by the time he married Anne Boleyn, either, and was in his mid-40's when she was executed. He only lived into his mid-50's.
I loved the PBS series on Henry and Elizabeth (Glenda Jackson saying "I am an ABSOLUTE prince" would scare the pants off anyone). And I've done a fair amount of reading. You have to watch The Tudors for laughs. I will admit that looking at Henry Cavill isn't hard, although they did bollix up his character's life pretty well also. Suffolk died about a year before Henry, and was about 60 at the time. What I liked about his character was that it pretty accurately portrayed what it took to remain the King's friend throughout his life.
I never could get into the Tudors, personally. As for True Blood, although I still watch it, I was waiting weeks to watch the new episode last season. For the most part, I do prefer them to the books (except fourth season/book), and I do adore my vampire politics and violence, but it has gotten stale. Honestly, I am only watching this season to see if I like it any better (only watched the first episode so far). If not, I'll probably drop it for good.
I know someone mentioned about it being nothing like the fifth book (even loosely based), and really, they can't. They have killed off almost anything they can do with the books themselves it seems. I mean, I guess they could still introduce Quinn (please, god, no), but they killed off a way to Fairy so any Fairy plots will more than likely be dead now. They killed Sophie-Ann. I mean, I guess you could replace Bill with SA to do the convention one.
Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but weren't there supposed to less Sookie books originally, but HBO convinced Harris to draw it out a bit more so they could get in more seasons?
I work at a library in Ohio and our hold lists are as follows: 1. Kiss the Dead - have 5 copies, 14 holds (3 of which are staff who skim only) 2. Gone Girl - have 10 copies, 80 holds 3. Deadlocked (released 5/1) - have 16 copies, 17 holds
I've worked here for about 10 years, and this is by far the slowest moving LKH book I've seen. We didn't even order any express copies (7 day copies that are not part of a hold list circulation for those patrons who read quickly). And e-books are ZERO. Our ebook catalog/circulation figures have exploded this year and the fact that no one has requested KTD is telling.
Yeah, my library system doesn't have any rental copies for Laurell's books any longer. For the most popular books the busier branches will have one or several rental copies. If you're really desperate you can usually find an available rental copy. I think it's a $1 for 5 days or something like, but library users (quite understandably don't want to spend money for books so even the most popular books will have rental copies available). For example, for CH's Deadlocked the library system has 51 copies, 11 rental copies. There are 74 holds on the regular copies, but 3 of the rentals are available. We have 47 copies of Gone Girl and 305 holds. Strangely, Gone Girl only has 3 rental copies. Hmm, maybe they're waiting for more books. All of the copies including the rental copies are out. For Kiss the Dead there are 16 copies and 27 holds, no rental copies.
Oooh, this season could be really bad news for you. Because I thought they had already cast a Quinn (I'm with you: no need to head down that rabbit hole), you need to see this week's episode regarding the Fairy madness, and I could not believe they killed off Sophie-Ann that fast.
As far as I know, which isn't far, the Sookie series was always going to be 13 books. Unless it's already past 13, I can't remember. But Ms. Harris has been very definite that she's not even really a consultant on the show. Or at least she's not providing direction on it.
There is going to be 13 books and yes CH wrote more books than she had planned on because her publisher and HBO wanted to cash in on the True Blood series. I've been watching this season and am not thrilled so far. Tara becoming a vamp is just too much. The Tudors hit the boring mark in season 2, but The Newsroom is beyond awesome. I loved the West Wing and watched so many reruns I could probably recite dialogue. It got slammed in the Huffington Post reviews and the comments from the public were wonderful and they told the reviewers to take a hike off a short pier. Mags will love it!
I just finished watching the latest episode tonight. I have to say episode #2 with Eric in the suit and top hat .... YUMMY! I so have a soft spot for well kept formal wear. Don't get me started on the Eleventh Doctor in the tux...
*several fantasies later* So True Blood... I'm actually liking this series so far. No, it's not AWESOME, but I like it. The vampire politics part is a bit boring (though I was amused seeing Alastair, or however you spell his name, from Supernatural on there). I have to agree the Tara becoming a vamp is too much. Honestly, I never liked Tara to begin with. The added drama is just making me like her less and less.
<<Because I thought they had already cast a Quinn (I'm with you: no need to head down that rabbit hole)>> I haven't paid attention to any casting details. Hopefully, I'll like Quinn in the show. Granted, I doubt he can be more cheesy than he was in the books.
<<I could not believe they killed off Sophie-Ann that fast>> I know! I was upset when she died. Besides Jessica, she was my eye candy of the female variety. Both are quite fit, but I adored the Queen's attitude a lot more.
I think that they used the actual words for Anne Boleyn and several of the other people who were executed, and those episodes were very good. Then they spent a lot of time in Season 3 on the Northern rebellion, and it wasn't as interesting. Never saw all of the last season.