When TV shows diverge from books; new novels from Mary Doria Russell and Jim Shepard.
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It Doesn’t Say That in My TV Guide (08:16)
This week we discuss books that have become movies or TV shows, and where the story arcs in the media diverge significantly from the books. The topic was inspired by an article that Michael read about Game of Thrones season 5, which speculates that characters from the book may be killed off in the television series.
Other articles, books and shows discussed:
“Game of Thrones actor explains his surprisingly early exit” by James Hibberd in Entertainment Weekly (warning, spoilers for TV show)
Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
“The Book Was Better”: Why Readers of TV Adaptations Need to Let Go by James Poniewozik in Time
The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman
The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen (Rizzoli and Isles #1)
Two Books We Can’t Wait for You to Read (19:38)
Michael talks about Epitaph, the new novel by Mary Doria Russell that takes a fresh look at Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and the shootout at the O.K. Corral. You don’t have to have read Mary’s earlier book, Doc, to enjoy Epitaph, but they go together wonderfully.
The Book of Aron by Jim Shepard was called “A Masterpiece” by Washington Post Book Reviewer Ron Charles. It’s a story set in the Warsaw Ghetto during the Nazi Occupation, told through the eyes of Aron, a young boy who wants only to protect his family. This is as much a coming of age story as it is a Holocaust story, though of course we know what’s coming.