Now my friend, Danielle, has been asking me to read it. I considered it. And then I discovered it was eight hundred pages long and really who has time to read a book that is that long? Seriously, that’s 3-4 YA books, or a really, really long saga that I actually want to read. But for an obligation read….no.
And then I folded like a cheap suit.
You’ll notice she favourited it. I believe she’s collecting evidence so that when I fall in love with the series she can hold it before me and yell ‘told you so’. I am not entirely sure this is going to happen. Danielle is very sure.
I had used the ‘I’ll watch it and see if I understand it without the book’ line but I still bought the book. But I am curious to see how much of the written story translates to the adaptation so I am hedging my bets. I am going to watch an episode and then read the corresponding text. As a bibliophile I am going to have to fight the urge to experience the text before the celluloid but it will be a helpful distinction.
I’ve watched many adaptations from the side of well-read fan. In the case of Harry Potter series, the Hunger Games series, The Perks of Being A Wallflower etc I have been the informed one. I would like to be on the other side for once. How much clarity is attempted by filmmakers when re-making a familiar and much loved tale?
Right now I am two episodes into the first season. I know and recognise a handful (minus a finger or two) of characters. I can’t understand most of the dialogue but I realise this is a deliberate act to put the audience firmly in Claire’s shoes. I cannot differentiate any Scot who isn’t a rapist, a redhead or in possession of bendy legs. I am also inordinately pleased Claire is in the past as Frank was a bore and I was rather sick of the actress’ smarty-pants-hand-on-hip line readings. And Jamie is a bit of alright.
So while I am not a manic convert, I am enjoying the story so far. But the voiceovers don’t work and I desperately want to wash the actors’ faces so I can tell them apart. As for the romance between Claire and Jamie…I don’t see it yet. But I do see friendship and that’s rather nice.
*Danielle told me to call it that.