The Strain book and show review


The show is good. Though the whining character that is the child is basically unneeded and a pathetic attempt at drama. For all the claim that GDT said he was going to keep it close to the books, he has managed to very well… that is when it comes to the vampire descriptions, the idea and plot of the books. But the characters he has sided with useless TV drama for quick views rather then keep the originality that makes his books shine.

Book 1,

Very well written. The captivating story and the way you are guided from one scene to the other is just amazing.  It is sad and angry and horrifying all rolled into one. I must admit had I read the books before seeing the show I would be completely pissed at GDT for lying when the claim was made that he was taking the show by the reigns in order to keep it true to the books. The books are turning out awesome and not wanting to spoil it for people I will say one thing. About 45% of what is happening on the show is not in the books.
Now yes it is his story and creative license is the artists best tool. But don’t lie about what you plan on doing in the show.
Before all the cinematography people jump in saying that somethings can not be done, I have yet to read something in his books that could not be done, and done well with cinematography.
The cheep attempts at drama. The whining pathetic excuse for a son, the distancing from the story as told in the books is just betrayal to his own words.
The book provides the perfect balance of heartfelt drama. The son in the book is not a little spoiled, bratty pathetic excuse of human as the character is playing him in the show.

Does this mean I will stop watching the show? No. It does mean that every time that pathetic actor playing the son, and the lines written in such a pathetic way come on the screen I will be forwarding ahead.  Every time they stick some useless drama for the sack of sticking it in. I will be, yup, forwarding ahead.
If you want my advice and or want to head my warning, of season two, some episodes have only about 15 minutes maybe 20 minutes of watchable material. The rest is added drama and useless child whining that does not belong, does not fit in, and is just a cheep attempt at ratings which the story does not need.
Jin Okubo

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