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5 TV Shows That Are Better Than Their Books

It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes a TV show takes a great book and expands upon its greatness, or takes an “okay” book and turns it into something we all can’t help to fall in love with. These are some recent instances in which TV was somehow better than a book.

1. Sharp Objects

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This is high praise for the TV show because the book was nothing short of amazing. There’s no doubt that Gillian Flynn knows how to write a good mystery, and it might’ve been her involvement with the show what made it so great. But other than that, the cinematography, scenery, soundtrack, and performances by Amy Adams, Eliza Scanlen, Patricia Clarkson, and Chris Messina are incredible. 10/10 TV show.

 

2. Normal People

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While the book is also amazing, the plot could get a little repetitive or stagnant since Connell and Marianne got into a sad routine of dating, not admitting feelings, and breaking up. But in the TV show, as a third-person observer, it was easier to see the connection between them, which made this cycle less frustrating. Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones just make the whole show amazing with their stellar performances.

 

3. You

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The reviews for the Caroline Kepnes’ books are mixed. Some people love them, some are indifferent, some others find issue with the clunky writing and far-fetched plot. But we can all probably agree that the show was addictive. Social media (and its dangers) translate very well to TV, the performances are great, and the ambiance of the show is calm and chilling at the same time making it a perfect show for binging.

 

4. Good Omens

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The Good Omens TV show was like if someone stuck a projector directly into the pages of the book and projected it into the small screen. The book is amazing in all of the correct ways, it has the amazing and (should I say “ineffable”?) plot, great humor, and just enough existentialism. The TV show being so close to the source material is probably part of what makes it so great. And Michael Sheen and David Tennant as Aziraphale and Crowley? Frances McDormand as God? Genius casting.

 

5. Killing Eve

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The book reviews with these are also mixed, but the TV show is probably one of the best things to come out of TV recently. It’s intriguing, smart, and stylish. Watching Villanelle and Eve’s messy relationship unfold throughout the seasons is equal parts fascinating and entertaining. But it is also the performances by Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer that truly make this show amazing.

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Andrew Scott Reunite for ‘His Dark Materials’

An unexpected reunion from Fleabag co-stars Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Andrew Scott is coming in a surprising way!

The new trailer for season two of His Dark Materials wasn’t the only piece of news that Comic-Con brought, for it was also revealed that Phoebe Waller-Bridge, actress and writer of hit shows Fleabag and Killing Eve, is joining the assemble for this new season.

Andrew Scott will be playing Colonel John Parry in this adaptation of Philip Pullman’s novels, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge will be voicing his dæmon. Perhaps not the reunion we were expecting, but one we are grateful for nevertheless.

Scott added about this reunion and Waller-Bridge playing his dæmon:

“I’m really thrilled about that because it’s all about companionship and friendship and loyalty, and that’s what I feel about Phoebe in real life.” And we know that Colonel Parry’s dæmon is an osprey on the books, but can we have it be a fox? Just for the irony of it, of course.

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Can You Guess the Bookish Emmy Winners (That Aren’t Game of Thrones)?

Last night the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards were the light of many viewers eyes. The final season of Game of Thrones might have lead the charge with no less than thirty-two nominations, but history was made when Billy Porter became the first openly gay black man to win an Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for his work in “Pose.”

In addition, Fleabag took home four Emmys, Chernobyl took home three, Ozark and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel took home two each.

But besides Game of Thrones taking home Outstanding Drama Series (no comment) and Peter Dinkage taking home Outstanding Supporting Actor, do know what other bookish adaptations took home Emmys?

 

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They were A Very English Scandal

 

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…and Killing Eve.

 

 

A Very English Scandal is a true crime non-fiction novel by John Preston. Published on May 5th, 2016, the novel details how in 1979 Jeremy Thrope, a Liberal Party leader who served in Parliament, stood trial over accusations that he hired a hitman to kill his alleged ex-lover, Norman Scott.

The book details Thorpe’s early, secretive love life, at a time when sexual activity between men was illegal, his subsequent public exposure, and how he was acquitted at trial.

The Guardian described the novel as “a real page-turner” and claimed that it was “probably the most forensic, elegantly written and compelling account of one of the 20th century’s great political scandals”

Of course the book got an adaptation, and the three-part series that got a premiere on BBC One on May 20 2018 and on Amazon Prime on June 29 2018.

 

Jeremy Thrope and Norman Scott

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Hugh Grant stared in the show as Jeremy Thorpe, the former Liberal Party Leader,

Ben Whishaw portrayed Norman Josiffe/Norman Scott, Jeremy’s alleged lover…

 

Monica Dolan as Marion Thorpe

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…and Monica Dolan played Marion Thorpe, Jeremy’s wife.

The Rotten Tomatoes‘s critical consensus on the show reads, “Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw impress in A Very English Scandal, an equally absorbing and appalling look at British politics and society” and Metacritic gave the miniseries a weighted average rating of 84 out of 100, based on 17 critics, indicating “universal acclaim”.

 

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Hugh Grant got a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, but lost to Jharrel Jerome’s portrayal of Korey Wise in When They See Us.

 

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Russell T Davies got a nomination for “Best Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama,” but lost to Craig Mazin, writer of HBO’s Chernobyl, the show that made HBO Viewers everywhere regret cancelling their HBO subscription when Game of Thrones ended.

 

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Stephen Frears got a nomination for “Best Directing for a Limited Series”, but lost to Don Roy King, director of the always-funny-sometimes-hilarious Saturday Night Live.

 

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Ben Whishaw got the nomination for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie,” but thing weren’t looking too good for him.

See, the real Norman Scott is the only one of the main cast still alive, and he told the Irish News back in May that:

Artistic license is fine but this isn’t my story. And there’s nothing funny about someone trying to kill you…I’m portrayed as this poor, mincing, little gay person … I also come across as a weakling and I’ve never been a weakling

Well, Ben Whishaw won the Emmy anyway for his portrayal of Norman Josiffe/Norman Scott.

 

 

Codename Villanelle

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Codename Villanelle is a 2018 thriller novel by British author Luke Jennings. Published from 2014 until 2016, the novel is actually a compilation of four serial e-book novellas that follows both Villanelle and Eve Polastri.

Once a Russian orphan, Villanelle murdered the killers of her gangster father before being rescued from prison and trained as a hitwoman by a shadowy group called The Twelve.

Then we have the “dowdy but dogged MI5 agent” Eve Polastri, the agent assassinating with taking down Villanelle.

As Polastri gets closer and closer to Villanelle in her investigation, she develops an obsession with catching this killer while Villanelle interest in this MI5 agent also turns into an obsession.

Publishers Weekly praised the book as an “exceptional spy thriller” with “superior prose” and “cracker jack plot”,

Too juice to resist, the book was adapted by BBC America and renamed Killing Eve.

 

Sandra Oh as Eve Polastri

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It stars Sandra Oh as Eve Polastri…

 

Jodie Comer as Villanelle

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…and Jodie Comer as Villanelle.

Interestingly, each of the show’s seasons has featured a different female showrunner: Phoebe Waller-Bridge was head writer of season one, while Emerald Fennell took over for season two. Suzanne Heathcote will serve as showrunner for season three.

Before we get ahead of ourselves and binge-watch season 3, let’s find out how season 2 held up at the Emmys…

 

 

To start, Killing Eve was nominated for “Outstanding Drama Series”, but to Emmy Awards-darling Game of Thrones.

 

Emerald Fennell

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However, both Emerald Fennell and writing-team David Benioff and D.B. Weiss of Game of Thrones both ended up losing to Jesse Armstrong from Succession for the “Writing for a Drama Series” award.

Ozark was also repeatedly taking down Killing Eve.

 

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Lisa Brühlmann might have got a nomination for “Directing for a Drama Series”, but Jason Bateman, director of Ozark, got the award.

 

Fiona Shaw

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And Fiona Shaw, along with Gwendoline Christie, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, and Maisie Williams from Emmy Awards-darling Game of Thrones, all lost to Julia Garner from Ozark for “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series”.

But before the end of the night was the “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series” award where both Jodie Comer (Villanelle) and Sandra Oh (Polastri) were nominated. They faced off against Laura Linney from Ozark and Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones, as well as a host of other talented actresses, but Jodie Comer won out in the end. Funny enough, Comer didn’t invite her parents because, get this, she didn’t think she had a chance.

 

 

So what do you think of these winners? What do you think of the non-adaptation winners? What show was your favorite?

 

 

 

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