Friday, June 17, 2011
I'll Never Learn
I was excited when I learned the BBC was adapting Case Histories for TV. Usually I can't watch a film or TV series of something I have read - it never works for me. But I thought it would be different this time. The first episode of Case Histories was kind of good - until I realized they were smashing the entire book into two one hour episodes. I thought I was getting six hours to watch the myriad stories weave together. Instead, we were treated to a quickie. Which is a real shame because the source material was so good and the actors were good/interesting and the cinematography was great (I've never been to Edinburgh and I always imagined it a darker, dirtier, gloomier place - thanks, Ian Rankin) (and I even didn't mind they swapped Cambridge for Edinburgh - the kind of thing I would normally object to). Why can't certain shows run longer? Budgets? Or do they think that people will only watch for an hour or two? Can't they figure out that the best stuff on TV lasts longer (The Wire to name an example) and isn't hurried? The second and third Jackson Brodie books make up the remaining four episodes but I've already given up watching. I don't need to watched condensed versions of something I've already read and loved; I will stick with the versions of the books I have in my head I got from reading instead.
In the mean time, I have one episode left to watch of the American remake of The Killing. Remakes of foreign films and TV shows are almost always bad. But I've liked the American Killing. I plan to watch to Danish version over the summer (different killers I hear).