Monday, October 27, 2014

[Discussion]Books -> TV

So by now, I'm pretty sure we're all aware that best-selling series The Mortal Instruments was made into a movie. And I'm pretty sure we're all aware that that movie didn't do too well (to be fair, IMDb gave it a 6/10 while Rotten Tomatoes gave it 12%). Even though the movie made $30 million more than the cost of production, The film's studio is opting to make a TV series instead. 

I personally think that this will do more harm than good to the title. Although critics like to gloat about how American TV surpasses American cinema (and in this case, Canadian?), I don't think that The Mortal Instruments is going to get the same love and care that series like The Walking Dead, and The Game of Thrones. 

  1. The budget isn't there 
  2. It's Young Adult. 
Now I love Young Adult, clearly, just check out my blog. But more often than not it does not translate well. I think it's because Young Adult has the tendency to be cheesy. Whether it be the dialogue, or the acting, something just doesn't translate well. We can squeal and gush all we want about fictional characters but something about hearing the same lines coming out of the mouths of actors makes me want to cringe. 

I mean we all saw the Delirium pilot right (what the hell was that? I only got through 20 minutes before I had to shut that off)?

I think Pretty Little Liars is so popular because it's pretty much influenced by the books now. Last time I checked, the story had veered pretty far away from the book, and so it's pretty much Gossip Girl 2.0. Plus it's crack TV. 

And today is the premiere of The Morganville Vampires web series. I think that a web series is a much better choice than cable television because there is less pressure from big wigs to get top ratings. I haven't read the series (I've been meaning to for like four years now), but I'm excited that they took to a different form of media, and I don't know about you but I love web series! They're so creative and I feel great helping out fledgling writers and directors. 

So what do you think? Are you going to watch Thee Mortal Instruments TV series? What about Morganville Vampires? Are there any books/graphic novels that you would like to see made into a TV series? 

PS: Sherrilyn Kenyon has been been saying that HBO was interested in the rights to Dark Hunters but it's been about five years now, I'm really starting to doubt if this is a thing. :/


  1. I think because it impacted my "teenage" years so much, I will watch it. But out of obligation, you know? And curiosity. Because I want to see something I loved on the screen. But I don't have high hopes for it. I think that's the key: don't expect to much. That way, you won't be wowed nor let down. I had expect ions for Delirium and wow, thank goodness that never aired. YA into TV is's all about a balance. To be honest, I only watch PLL because the mystery draws me in. I've gone to far to stop, you know? Fantastic discussion post!

    Jess @ My Reading Dress

    1. You know I didn't even think that Morganville Vamps WAS a YA book until like...yesterday. Haha I thought it was Adult Paranormal the entire time.

      I had a feeling that Delirium wouldn't make for good TV. That book was lovely but it moved sooooo slow. The TV show would be like watching paint dry (which I assume is why the basically tried to shove the first book in one episode?).

      PLL is crack TV. I used to watch it religiously (it's why I started the books) but it's gone on for so long and I don't think I can keep up with all of the mystery!

      Thanks for stopping by Jess!

  2. I think some types of stories work great on the page, but just don't work well on the screen. Both Gossip Girl and PLL didn't stay that loyal to the books, but went with what worked on TV. I also love the fact that PLL kind of embraces its own cheesiness rather than trying to insist on being taken SO seriously.
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

    1. Yeah I don't think PLL would have been as popular if it stayed 100% loyal to the book, because the book got weird. o.O And I don't think that would have made for good TV!

      Thanks for discussing with me!

  3. Like you, I'm not overly optimistic that the TV show is a better alternative to making movies. This series isn't on my TBR pile, I did watch the film, and would have continued doing so, however committing myself to an hour a week for months probably won't happen.

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads.

    1. Exactly! It's a lot easier to keep our attention for three hours rather than 1 hour every week!

  4. I am so afraid of other peoples versions of my interpretation of a book ... does that make sense? I'm often disappointed in the casting (Divergent, anyone!)
    I know that I will be disappointed in my favorite Morganville folks, and yep, I was just as disappointed in The Mortal Instruments as everyone else. I don't think you can get the depth of the written word into a 3 hour movie. Sometimes, but it's rare.
    And, No, I probably won't watch the TV show :(

  5. I'll give the tv show a chance, although I actually kind of liked the movie. I couldn't watch the Vampire Diaries tv show because as soon as the first episode had so many changes right off the bat, I was done. I just hope they can try to stay true to the series. I mean the budget on The 100 isn't too bad, but I don't know how close it is to the book. I have yet to try to watch the Delirium pilot. I've heard it's pretty bad, like you said, so I probably won't ever try.

  6. I like to think of these movies/shows etc as spin-offs. Since they often veer away from the original storyline and treat it mentally as a different entity. I will probably watch, or at least try it..I have nothing to lose.

  7. Haven't read those books, but still not interested in watching any of those shows

  8. I think long series are better off as tv shows (unless it's Harry Potter or Hunger Games), but if you're not gonna go all out, then you should just leave it alone. TMI movie looked so bad. So did Vampire Academy and that is one of my favorite series ever. The Morganville and Delirium pilots made me cringe. I was embarrassed for them. I'm not sur eI would watch this if it's on tv...


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