Friday, September 03, 2010
Must Watch Friday: Pillars of the Earth
I give up. I have this "rule" that I don't watch a movie or series until I've read the book. The problem is, my reading time seems to get shorter every day and my tbr bigger and sometimes it just doesn't happen. So I've pretty much discarded that rule. Twilight and Harry Potter excepted - we DID read all of those before watching the movies (and those to come).
I saw the previews to Pillars of the Earth and both the dh and I thought it looked great. We have On Demand (which is the best thing ever, in addition to my dvr) so we've been settling in and watching each episode, wondering how it's going to end. I suppose if I'd read the book, I'd already know, so there is that. I suspected some parts and was completely wrong on others. And while I felt the last few episodes wound things up too quickly, it was quite entertaining.
And a friend did lend me the book which is ginormous. She is frustrated with the series as she says they changed a lot from the book - although some of the things she mentioned I would consider small details...it depends on how invested you are in the book, I think. The more invested the more faithful you would want an adaptation to be. On the other hand, someone else told me that they thought it followed the book pretty well. It's all in the perspective.
There are several plots running together, but the focal point is the building of the Knightsbridge Cathedral and the jostling for political power between Maude and Stephen for the crown. Actually - not just Maude and Stephen but also, and perhaps even more strongly, the power of the Church. All this back and forth of power means the cathedral is on again and off again, and at the crux of it is a secret that started the whole thing - the death of the heir on a ship years earlier. There's love and violence and good and evil...it's been great to watch. In the end the secret of that death is revealed...and justice is served.
As the final credits rolled, I remarked to my husband how much research had to be involved with writing a book like that. And any time I watch/read something that makes me proud and inspired as a writer is a good thing!
Warm and fuzzy? Not so much. But an enjoyable 8 of 10 hearts anyway.
Donna's newest release is available online now! PROUD RANCHER, PRECIOUS BUNDLE is available from Mills and Boon both in e-book and in print and will be available in UK stores in October. Look for it in North America in February.