My Rating: 3/5
This was a show I had been wanting to watch ever since it aired, but never got around to until now. I figured I should read the book first, then watch the show. Which I did..last week. Right now, I’m on season 1, episode 5 (almost done). Let me just start by saying that reading the book first, is like a double edge sword. Had I not read it first, I might not have wanted to read it as much cause then I would have felt like I already know what happens. However, having already read the book, the book was hands down much better than the show. Don’t get me wrong. The show is good…just nowhere near as good as the book. The book, literally left me speechless. It was so good, it deserves a standing ovation.
To be honest, if it hadn’t been for the stellar Hollywood cast, I don’t think this series would have done as well as it had.
My issues with it:
• I feel like the portrayal of Madeleine & Renata’s rivalry was lacking. If I hadn’t read the book, I would have looked at Madeleine’s character in the show and thought “what the fuck is her problem?”
• They totally missed the boat with the struggle between Madeleine & Chloe, and why Madeleine hates her ex-husband (Nathan) so much.
• The tone..the tone throughout the show is quite melancholic.
• The cast (duh!)
• I love the light that is shed on domestic violence. In the show, Celeste & Perry’s relationship is the focal point of the story. A big round of applause to Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgard for bringing these characters to a new level by allowing yourselves to go through the emotions, and doing the physical scenes for real. Words can’t even express the appreciation.
For those who have seen the show, thoughts? How do you think it compares to the book?
Do you feel watching motion picture detracts from reading the book?