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Books to TV: What We’re Watching

By Curlygeek04 @curlygeek04
Books to TV: What We’re Watching Books to TV: What We’re Watching

We’re snowed in this weekend so needless to say we’re watching a lot of TV (and some football).  So I thought I’d write about some of the things we’re watching.

After bingeing on Jessica Jones in December, we found ourselves without a lot of good television in January. So let’s talk about the three new book-to-tv offerings on the SyFy channel.

  • The Expanse: my husband is a huge fan of the books by James S. A. Corey, and we both love the show. When my husband says “space opera” I generally tune out. But this is more detective-noir than space opera, which I love.  I just started the book, Leviathan Wakes, and already I’m anxious to catch up so I can read ahead of the show.
  • Childhoods End: this one’s a no go for me. I’m not sure if I read the book (sorry, I know it’s a classic) but after 4 hours of this series I’ve given up. Hours 1-2 were okay but LONG, and hours 3-4 were melodramatic, overacted and boring. My husband’s verdict: this should have been a 2 hour movie, not 6 (like The Hobbit?)
  • The Magicians: I didn’t fall in love with this book like everyone else did, so I haven’t watched the show. The commercials don’t look very good. Anyone watching? What do you think?

I’m also happy that Agent Carter is back. Yes, life with the husband means watching a lot of science fiction and superheroes, but I’m never sorry about that.

And then there’s Star Wars. What did you think? My husband grew up on these movies and it’s fair to say he’s been obsessed the last six months or so with The Force Awakens. So we bought our tickets for the first night (I agreed to see a 10pm movie on a worknight) and I approached the premiere with some nervousness because it meant so much to him.

Thankfully, he loved it AND I loved it. For me, The Force Awakens is simply good moviemaking, with a great plot, good dialogue, and characters I care about (none of which were present in the last three Star Wars movies). Strong women are a must for me in a movie, and I loved, loved, loved the character of Ray (and Leia too). I saw it a second time and found I enjoyed it even more because I caught more of the plot points and the humor – which for me is the mark of a good movie. I put this one up there with Guardians of the Galaxy and GalaxyQuest (and speaking of which, a very sad RIP to Alan Rickman).

On this snowy winter weekend, I’m reading Leviathan Wakes by James Corey and Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (sort of switching off between the two).  I’m also working on my masters thesis, though not nearly as much as I should.  It looks like I’ll be working from home Monday and maybe Tuesday depending on when the Metro starts running again and schools reopen.

Right now everything’s sore from shoveling.  Our super-enthusiastic neighbors decided to shovel our entire street this morning instead of waiting for the plows that probably aren’t coming.  Bleh.

What are you reading/watching this weekend?  And what book to movie adaptations are you looking forward to in 2016?


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