TMP Television Edition: Book to TV Adaptations

Thursday Movie Picks

These Thursday’s sure do roll by pretty quickly since I started taking part in Wandering Through the Shelves’ Thursday Movie Picks! If you didn’t know already, the last Thursday of the month is dedicated to TV Shows. I don’t get to watch as much TV as I used to but I’ve definitely seen enough to recommend 3 great shows today.

I’m giving an honourable mention this week to Game of Thrones, as it’s probably the biggest and most popular example of a Book to TV adaptation, but my love of it has waned over the years. Too many bad decisions were made and although I’m looking forward to seeing the last season this year, I’m kind of glad it’ll all be over soon, to be honest.

Anyway, let’s talk about these 3 great shows!

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You (2018 – ) Based on You by Caroline Kepnes

If you haven’t seen You on Netflix yet there’s no doubt you’ll have probably heard of it by now. There’s only 1 season out so far, although a second is in the works, and it’s perfect for binging whilst ill – which is, funnily enough, how I ended up watching the entire lot in 2 days. Penn Badgley plays a bookstore manager who becomes obsessed with a girl and begins to stalk her both physically and digitally. It never goes as dark as you may perhaps wish it to, but it’s definitely worth a watch.

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Big Little Lies (2017 – ) Based on Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

I love a good mystery story, I love a star-studded female cast and I love the beach, so Big Little Lies was made for me! Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley are the leads in this show which starts with a murder and ends in the answers. I’ve heard a second season is in the works with this one too but I’m not sure how to feel about that, I think it worked perfectly as a one-off. Don’t over-think this one, just enjoy the ride and let it surprise you!

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13 Reasons Why (2017 – ) Based on Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

This one comes with a warning – I’m only including this one for the first season. I thought 13 Reasons Why was one of the greatest shows to ever grace our screens when it came out. It was compelling and it had such important messages for struggling teens. In the show, Hannah Baker has committed suicide and left behind 13 tapes which record the reasons why she did it. Each episode is a different tape and it works so well. So well in fact that it got renewed for a pointless second season which made no sense, and we’re also getting a third. Sigh!

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Thoughts on 13 Reasons Why – Season 2

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Last year it seemed all anyone on my Facebook feed was talking about was the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why. It didn’t sound like my usual go-to show, but when something is hyped that much, my curiosity gets the better of me. If you’ve never watched it before, it’s a 13 episode series in which each episode features a different tape that a girl called Hannah (Katherine Langford) made, each with a reason as to why she killed herself.

So Season 1 was absolutely fascinating, watching the story unfold himself as the main character Clay (Dylan Minnette) works his way through the tapes. It’s also super clever and kind of immersive as when I was talking to friends about the show, we’d ask which tape we’d gotten on to, just like the characters in the show did.

No surprises here but at the end of the 13th tape, we learn all of the reasons why Hannah ended her life, and in a very unsettling scene, we watch her commit the act. The show’s over, rave about it and move on, right? Wrong. They decided it needed a Season 2.

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Season 2 follows the aftermath, and the ongoing court case of Hannah’s Mum against the school, as she blames them for what Hannah did. We still have 13 episodes but this time, each episode follows a character giving their testimony in court. Throughout the case, a new mystery develops as each person taking the stand is sent threatening messages before going in, and some disturbing polaroid photos are left for Clay.

That’s as much as I can say without spoilers, so be warned from this sentence on!

After Season 1, I became attached to all of the characters, so of course I loved having another Season to find out how they’re coping and also find out more about what happened whilst Hannah was still around. Two of my favourite storylines here are Tyler finding a new group of friends, and Zach’s romance with Hannah, although the latter broke Clay’s heart a little which makes me sad.

However, I have 2, no actually 3, main issues with the Season as a whole. The first being, why did we need a second Season to begin with? It feels like the show did better than the creators expected and then scrabbled around to write more of the story. Which ties in nicely with my second issue – why weren’t some of these revelations in Hannah’s tapes? The romance with Zach was HUGE, and yet she mentioned none of that? It just makes my first issue even more obvious.

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Finally, what an anti-climatic ending! I’m not saying that I wanted to watch Tyler commit mass murder, but why build up to him doing exactly that for so long, just to have him jump into Tony’s car at the last second? I thought for sure someone was going to take down Bryce for getting away with it all. I guess there’s always Season 3?

What did you think, if you’ve seen it? What about that awful scene involving Tyler in the bathroom? I’ve never felt sicker!