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scytheofluna 1/17/2012 5:47:31 AM

 Jayinvincible, Game of Thrones is my go-to argument for why this series has completely failed me.  Some dummies are enjoying the surprises the show is full of, but it's my belief that only a casual fan of the comics could derive pleasure from things going this far off track.  I knew exactly what to expect from Game of Thrones & it didn't prevent me from enjoying every single second.  Seeing characters that you love or love to hate brought to life in film FAITHFULLY, is one of the greatest feelings a fan of comics or novels can have.  Direct adaptations work.  Like I've said, an extra "story of the week" here or there or some characters that weren't in the comics for the purposes of being zombie food would be fine, but the blatant inaccuracies have killed it for me at this point.  The books aren't just better than the show, theyre so vastly superior at this point that I find myself wanting to take my hardcover volumes & beat the producers of the show with them.  7 years worth of comics.  Easily 7 years with of great material to adapt.  All they had to do was stick to the source material.

Bryzarro 1/17/2012 6:10:28 AM

 Well I am a regular reader of the comic and a regular viewer of the series.  I have enjoyed the show for what it is.  It's an AMC production and budget wise I can see there will obviously be changes to the story from the comic series. 

To compare it to Game of Thrones seems a little off to me.  Thrones is an HBO production and their budget is clear of double of  Walking Dead in around 4.5-5 million per episode.  AMC isn't HBO so where is the confusion.  And in all honesty I would rather not rewatch the comic play out on TV as a series.  As a major film of course.  

Roqueja 1/17/2012 6:35:43 AM

Kirkman is having fun moving his chess pieces around the board that he created.  He is trying things with the characters that he wishes he would have fleshed out more with more creative input and more time to settle on the impact that their actions have.  I am certainly not a casual fan of the series, and I can't wait for more of the novels, which are at least on par with the comics and graphic novels, and I love the AMC series as well.  The cast is great (for the most part) and the characters that he created for his story are all being led down the pathway towards some great storytelling plots and scenarios that he wrote years ago, that he feels now need a tweak or a different avenue to fit new ideas or sometimes budgetary constraints.  I see the glass as half-full I guess.  More Walking Dead please.

nightwingDG 1/17/2012 8:50:47 AM

 It's funny, I thought maybe I was alone in my thinking. I was hearing all this praise for the show, but felt like it really didn't do the comics justice. Glad to see I'm not the only one who feels this way.

ucfro 1/17/2012 1:14:48 PM

I read the comic, and I love both the comic and the show. I would probably like them to stick to more of the storyline in the comic, but the bonus of them not doing that..is that I have no clue what will happen next in the show.  If they stuck straight to the comic, there would be no surprises (for the folks that read the comic, that is). The comic is awesome. But, having Shane still around in the show sure makes for an interesting storyline. And the reveal with Sophia...another stunner thanks different ideas for the show.

This way..I get 2 Walking Deads. But, that's just me. I do realize many people prefer more faithful adaptions to the material. But, clearly...that isn't the way Kirkman and co. are going.

jayinvincible 1/17/2012 7:32:15 PM

 Bryzarro I have to disagree with not comparing AMC to HBO. While HBO may green-light a bigger budget their shows are also greater in scale most time. It is a widely known fact that AMC scaled back on their budget tremendously and fired Darabont because he would not hold to the cheapo way of filming. I also can't agree that they get a pass for devianting from the story line. This show could be more faithful to the comic without being telegraphed every step of the way. And really let's ask ourselves how many people would be ruined by a comic turned tv shows that moves step by step with the source material. Let's say (and this is way more than average) 100,000 copies of the comic sold per month that's less than 5 percent of the viewing audience. The tv show averages a few MILLION every week! Even if one percent of the veiwing audience decides that the show is good enough to follow in comic form there would be a 30 percent in new comic readers. I for one would be happy about that. But, what happens is someone walks into a comic shop looking to jump on (even from the first volume) and half the characters don't exist or the stories aren't anywhere near each. Now instead of introducing someone to the wonderful medium of comics you've confused them and the chances of them ever getting into comics is split. I'm a comic book fan above all other mediums when I see a movie that's slapped together I'm mad but can understand that the director may have tried to stuff 30 years of continuity into a 120 minute film. I'm not so forgiving for a television show filmed in a method that's about pacing and story. You take the story you've been given and crap on it then expect me to be sympathetic when you write yourself into a corner? And mark my words that corner is a comin' soon. Andrea is probably one of the best examples of a great character being ruined by bad writing. You may not agree with anything else I've said but that is one point that probably know is true.

 

jayinvincible 1/17/2012 7:34:47 PM

 Don't get me wrong though, I would love nothing more than to see TWD get it's act together and make me look foolish but at this time I just don't see it.

BunyonSnipe 1/17/2012 8:33:17 PM

Can you REALLY imagine them doing the prison storyline and the Governor?

Roqueja 1/17/2012 10:59:36 PM

I can totally imagine them doing the prison storyline and the Govenor.  That is why I am still watching.  It's the same painter, with a different brush.  It is a little rocky with a brand new medium thrust in front of him, but he's getting it, and I am anxiously awaiting to see where it goes from here.  How would the prison storyline be changed by the absence of Tyrese, and the addition of Shane, and a shoestring budget?  I'm hooked.  This kind of addition to the sequential strip should be a treat for the fans, as you alone have the ability to make comparasins between the three mediums so far taken.  It has been a most enjoyed treat for me for the past season and a half, and I am looking forward to where it may go from here.

jayinvincible 1/18/2012 5:25:05 AM

 You guys do know that Kirkman isn't writing all the scripts or directing the shows?

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