Adaptations: May 2019

Hello my fellow bookworms and adaptation lovers, here is what I watched in May:

Game of Thrones (Series 8)
Not Read (Yet)     TV Series     Television

The 8th and final series of this epic fantasy drama, based on George R R Martin’s books, that has had millions of us hooked on its scintillating political intrigue, family rivalry, back-stabbing, bloody battles, dragons and the dead! There has been much criticism of this final series, however other than the story and character arcs felt a little sped up and one disappointing death I don’t generally agree. I thought it was a breath-taking, heart-breaking and ultimately fitting end. With such a long-running series though I don’t think you could have pleased everyone! Great watch.

That’s only one new-to-me adaptations watched, but what a watch?! I also enjoyed comforting re-watches of Practical Magic (1998) and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001). Which brings my grand total up to three adaptations watched over the month. I have also continued watching American fantasy drama Once Upon a Time (Series 1) and the German war drama Das Boot (2018).

As for non-adaptations, I watched the charming, historical drama Victoria (Series 3) on ITV and I watched, back-to-back, the very amusing Ghosts, a new comedy series from some of the hilarious makers of Horrible Histories (2009-2013), on the BBC iPlayer.

Have you watched any of these? What have you been watching recently?

11 thoughts on “Adaptations: May 2019

  1. The reaction to the final GoT was so strong wasn’t it! Okay, I didn’t love the ending but I didn’t hate it either and I think it’s difficult to please everyone. I think for myself, because I’d just rewatched the whole series, and then watched the new episodes in fairly rapid succession – the characters seemed to change dramatically and suddenly, i think this was exacerbated through the binge watching tbh – maybe it wouldn’t have been so noticeable if I’d not just literally watched the entire thing over the course of a few weeks!
    I still haven’t read all the books and I don’t think I’ll rush to do so because the final book doesn’t seem to have a release date yet so no need to rush.
    Lynn 😀

    1. Lynn, thank God you didn’t hate the GOT ending… I was beginning to think I was on my own! I agree that things happened quite suddenly however not that any character changed dramatically – I know many didn’t agree with what Dany did but I had a horrible feeling that was coming from the season before :-S I think I have read four of the books, so with the wait for the last one, I am thinking of started from the beginning again.

  2. I agree with you about Games of Thrones: rushed but fitting ending. I didn’t like the final choice for the throne but liked what happened to Samsa. I figured out Jon Snow’s fate before the final episode–what he would do and where he would end up.

    As for me, I haven’t watched any movies this month but I have been busy streaming TV series. I saw Games of Thrones (Season 8), Gunpowder (miniseries), starring Kit Harrington, re-watched The Pillars of the Earth (Miniseries), World Without End (miniseries), and The Tudors (Season 1). The first three were very good; solid acting and amazing world-building. World Without End was a bit of a letdown. When the book was released years ago I read a good portion of it before putting it aside; what made The Pillars… so great was missing. There was too much sex and too little historical perspective. The miniseries had just the right amount of sex (i.e. justified within the context), but I learned very little of England during that period. The Tudors was meh. I am not enticed enough to keep watching it. The world building, costume designs, set designs, hair and makeup, photography… (i.e. the technical aspects) were solid; I found the acting wanting.

    1. Carmen, I am so pleased you enjoyed the finale of Game of Thrones too… I was beginning to think I might be on my own! And while no films, it does look like you done some great watching. I also enjoyed Gunpowder and Pillars of the Earth, although I didn’t go on to watch the later World Without End series – Sounds like I didn’t miss too much. As for The Tudors, I haven’t watched it as I couldn’t decide if it was for me: I got the feeling it was style over substance.

        1. BTW, I’m really liking The Spanish Princess. I don’t know how much it adheres to historical truth as Katherine of Aragon swore again and again during the divorce process that she had been a maid when she married Henry VIII, but whether it’s true or not the way the story’s being told, it makes for great watching; it is also very well acted, with great chemistry among the cast, and it makes a rather smooth transition from The White Princess–subject-wise, not from the same casting choices. I think you would like it, so try not to miss it, and let me know how you like it when you get to it.

          1. Carmen, I am pleased to hear you are enjoying The Spanish Princess, but I’m afraid I haven’t seen an advert or heard anything about it coming here yet.

    1. Jules, I had forgotten how much I loved Practical Magic and I am so sad there is no more Game of Thrones – I think I will have to return to the books to get my fix! 😀

      1. I have read the GoTs books already, but I will likely re-read them, I wish we had a release date for the next book but it will be when it will be. Have a great weekend 🙂

        1. I have read four of the books, but like you I am tempted to re-read them and than continue with the rest… maybe that will give Martin some time to get working on that final book!

          Thank you – I hope you have a great weekend too 😀

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