One Book, One TV Show: Moby Dick by Herman Melville

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THE BOOK

Moby Dick, an American Classic, a very long and drawn out American Classic. I like the book, I’m not a fan of that style of writing, where it’s mostly narrative with very little dialog, I’m sure there’s a word for that style but I can’t think of it, but I like Moby Dick. It’s an adventure set in the prime of Nantucket Whaling and you see a man, who has been hurt by an unthinking animal, gradually unleash his madness and fury against the thing, to his detriment. But, it is long and there is a lot of unnecessary information in the book. The short chapter on cetology and almost the entire beginning with Ishmael and Queequeg’s developing relationship. There’s about 200 pages that could have been cut out to make the book easier to read.

I give props to Melville though, for describing what essentially a homosexual relationship between Ishmael and Queequeg. And for describing white people as white washed black people. That gives me a chuckle every time I read it.

THE TV SHOW

I chose the 1998 miniseries solely because it had Patrick Stewart as Ahab, but it has a pretty decent cast as whole. Ted Levine as Starbuck, Dominic Purcell as Bulkington, and Henry Thomas as Ishmael. With an appearance by Gregory Peck, who played Ahab in the 1956 movie version.

Anyway, the TV show was originally a two part miniseries but it’s on Amazon Prime in three one hour episodes. It’s not the best show ever to come out of the 90’s. It obviously had a low budget but it was well acted. AND it skipped a very large portion of the begging in the book. I couldn’t have bared to sit through all that on film. That would’ve been too much.

 

The Addams Family 1964

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If you didn’t know, I am a bit of a horror buff, not super hardcore or anything but I like creepy stuff. The Addams Family was probably the gateway to that little obsession. This weirdo family who were oblivious to the fact that they weren’t normal. In fact they thought the rest of traditional civilization were the weirdos. But no matter how weird they thought you were they accepted you for who you are. There’s a lesson there for today, acceptance. No matter how strange or different someone might be we should accept them. If they aren’t harming anyone then let them live the life they are trying to live. If the folks that had dealings with the Addams’ just accepted who they were there would have been a lot less complications, but then it would’ve been a pretty dull television show. Just thinking, the locations of some of Gomez’s “assets” kind of makes me wonder if they were entirely legit? And I really would like to have a relationship like Gomez and Morticia, you can just tell they adored each other.

The remakes with Raul Julia and Anjelica Huston were a great interpretation.

I also found out that there’s a new movie being made, an animated flick with the characters look based on the Charles Addams’ original cartoons. That’s going to be badass.

The Original TV Show

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Cobra Kai

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The Three Rules of Cobra Kai

Rule 1. Strike First

Rule 2. Strike Hard

Rule 3. No Mercy

Rotten Tomatoes number 1 tv show of the summer. Cobra Kai is very awesome. The idea of having Daniel and Johnny each be both protagonist and antagonist was a stroke of genius. But I found myself rooting for Johnny just the same. He was the underdog of the series and I always feel for the underdog. Plus, he was really trying to get his shit together, even if some of his philosophies were archaic.

There were two things that bothered me about the show. It’s been 30 years since that first tournament, yet these two guys were acting like it happened yesterday. The other thing was that the kids Johnny was teaching, the kids who were being bullied, were becoming bullies themselves. Other than that it was a great show.

Cobra Kai on YouTube Red

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One Book, One TV Show: Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations

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I related to Pip a little, growing up poor I wanted to have money and be able to buy what I wanted without having to worry about it. I was a little embarrassed by the fact that the clothes and shoes I wore were not what most of the other kids were wearing. I wanted to live in a suburb, not in housing projects. Fortunately, like Pip I figured out that it’s not money that makes you the man or woman you want to be in life.

The TV show is the 1999 BBC version and was only 4 episodes so you can guess that a lot of stuff was left out, but they hit all the major points. I imagine that if a person who wasn’t familiar with the book might b a little put off by it, but then again a person who wasn’t familiar with the book probably wouldn’t watch the show.

There were a lot of familiar faces one being Ian McDiarmid as Jaggers and who plays Palpatine in several of the Star Wars movies and Clive Russell as Joe, Game of Thrones fans will recognize him as The Blackfish. My friend and I have a theory, you can pick any British TV show or movie and 9 times out of 10 you will see someone who was in Game of Thrones.

The Book

The TV Show

Dexter

I finished the series the other day. After avoiding it for so long because people said the series finale was terrible, a friend of mine convinced me to watch it. It was a fantastic show, it had it’s ups and down and the series finale wasn’t the best episode but it wasn’t terrible. Season 4 is the best in my opinion, I’ll never be over THAT finale. And I had a love/hate relationship with fucking Deb. Angel was a badass and Quinn was a douche for the most part. I’d recommend it to anyone who hasn’t seen it yet.

One Book, One TV Show: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

There’s isn’t anything I can say about a novel that’s been around since the 1800’s that hasn’t already been said, so I’m not going to try. Pride and Prejudice isn’t my usual kind of read but it was fun none the less. It was like getting caught up in a soap opera where you see what the characters are doing wrong and the misunderstandings. You either want to yell at them or roll your eyes. And then you’re relieved when everything works out.

The TV show I watched after reading the novel was the 1995 BBC mini-series with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy and Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet. With the book still fresh in my mind I think it took away from some of the enjoyment of watching the show, but it was still fun to see the characters live. The two leads played their parts perfectly and Julia Sawalha played annoying Lydia most annoyingly.

The Book

The TV Show