HBO has just started the sixth season of True Blood. A show that my sister and I have been watching religiously for the last five years. For those who don’t know, this is a series based on Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse books. There are probably a dozen or so books in this series, so that leaves a lot of fodder for HBO to develop numerous seasons to come.
Or will they? The first season followed the book pretty religiously. In fact I’d say they were dead on (no pun intended) with staying true to the books. The second season had my sister and I going “huh?”. Not a heck of a lot to do with the second book. Okay, creative licensing … I can live with that. Well, now, by the sixth season, the director has definitely gone off the reservation. In no way, shape or form are these episodes remotely sticking with the books. We’re talkin’ story lines that were never even mentioned in any of Harris’ books. I have the feeling that True Blood is about to lose my sister and I as viewers after this season. We’re willing to watch this one out, but unless it leads to somewhere logical, we’re finished with it.
Which leads me to the question — do movies and/or television follow the actual story line of a book that is being translated to the big (or little) screen. I’ve never read the Twilight series, so I cannot say whether the movies were true to the books. Same thing with King of Thrones. The Count of Monte Cristo follows the book fairly close … there is far more in the book than there is in the movie, but I’m putting that down to the limited length of a movie. The Harry Potter movies are pretty damn close to the books as is the television movies of The Stand by Stephen King.
I don’t know if the directors are taking liberties with the books in an attempt to make the television series more exciting/bloody/sexual, but personally speaking, I much rather the adaptations would stick closer to the actual books. I mean, I love the books and would much rather see a faithful adaption to the movie or television screen.
What do you think? Are you all for creative licensing, or would your rather a favorite story get spiced up? Plus, what movies or television series have you seen that does or doesn’t follow the original book?