The Rook: Book vs. TV Show

I haven’t done one of these posts in a long time, but they always used to be my favourites and since the views on them are pretty decent, I dare claim that you don’t hate them either. Sometimes the comparison isn’t entirely fair and I completely understand if your opinions differ. It’s really just my personal thoughts on the matter!

General Plot

A woman wakes up surrounded by dead bodies. She neither knows how she got into this mess nor who she is, however, there is a letter addressed to her for specifically that situation and it was seemingly written by … her? A journey encompassing secret government agencies, people with strange abilities (of which she is one) and vast betrayal begins.

Book

The Rook (The Checquy Files, #1)I have to start by saying that I read this book AFTER I started watching the show. I feel like that is very necessary to point out, because I have a feeling that had it been the other way around, the end result of this post might have been very different.

From the get go, I could see that they didn’t take much more than the general idea when they adapted the book for the screen. Which is fine for me, but I suspect not so much for fans of the source material. Anyway, the start of this whole reading adventure didn’t exactly go smoothly. I was painfully aware that this was written by man, because no way on earth would a chick who had just been brutally beaten up and found herself without memory be blissfully exclaiming that she doesn’t have cellulite when she gets a first glimpse of herself in the mirror. Just nope. Throughout the remainder of the book, I felt like women were described in much more detail though, and often with the remark as to how they were more beautiful than the main character. Men on the other hand were shrugged of as being bodybuilder types, with their name not even being worth remembering cause they just didn’t get one, and I guess just everyone is handsome or beautiful, except of course, for the monsters. I was super curious about the story though and tried to shrug it off as best as I could. I am quite skilled in ignoring parts of things I might otherwise enjoy.

I had a distinct flashback to the Jackaby book series while reading The Rook, just in a far more modern setting. It is filled with all kinds of creatures and oddly placed humour in situations that are in actuality life and death. For me, that makes it hard to take it serious at times and lowers the stakes immensely. Also, when I am looking for something with “mutants”, I don’t really want vampires and such joining in.

I was disappointed by the villains as well. As much as there was good build up in the mystery department, all villains (there are really several) were just ridiculous and frankly … weird? And not in a good way for me. The kind of genetic and surgical “improvements” they made had me laughing out loud more often than trembling in fear. And again, those were supposed life and death situations. I may just be bitter though, because they made my favourite character from the show absolutely horrendous here.

Fazit: 3/5 stars! It wasn’t the worst book I have read, there are parts I quite enjoyed, but overall, I don’t think this will really stick with me.

TV Show

First off, I want to point out that at the time of my writing this post, there have only been three episodes released. I very much feel like this show is meant to be binged, rather than one week after the other, but unfortunately that’s not what Starz is giving me. I am therefore basing my opinions on what I have seen thus far.

If you enjoy a slowly told X-Men meets Jason Bourne, this show might be for you! It does have flaws in pacing and distribution of screen time to characters, but contrary to the book, the villains actually make sense. Here they are called vultures and they kidnap people with abilities in order to sell them on the black market. That is something I can handle better than Belgian weirdos who want to take over a country by riding in on horses with antlers or creating sentient fungus.

As I have mentioned before, the show took a lot of liberties with the story and characters. Myfanwy (which isn’t pronounced the Welsh way, but rather rhymes with Tiffany) has completely different powers, the main people have been vastly downsized and except for names, they didn’t keep much of anything else. I am personally very much in favour of this because of Gestalt.

For those of you who know German, you will realise that Gestalt means something like “figure” or “shape”. Here it is used as the name for my favourite character, a hive mind like being who lives in the bodies of four siblings. I am never quite sure how to describe it accurately, but imagine being one consciousness spread over several bodies. They can do individual tasks, but if you talk to one of them, you basically talk to all of them. Here’s a little visualisation to help along.

Naturally, I was beyond fascinated! The actors do such an amazing job and it must have been an intense experience filming it (especially since only one actor is portraying the “twins”). Add to the mix that in the show (other than in the book where they despised each other), Myfanwy and Gestalt seemed to have hooked up? And I am just so curious about the logistics of it all. But without trying to spoil you for anything major, it seems like they really care for each other and I am so here for that. During an attack on Myfanwy by the vultures, Eliza (the female Gestalt) got hit by a tranq dart and when Myfanwy visited her in the ward … just wow! What a powerful kiss it must have been when your alternate body crashes a car!? I am utterly in love with this plot point.

Conclusion

If you didn’t guess yet that the show downright won for me, then I cannot help you. I don’t want to trashtalk the book, but it just wasn’t for me. All the things that I found fascinating when I started watching the show just weren’t in the written version and therefore we just had a classic problem of expectations vs. reality. Also, Gestalt.

Have you read or watched The Rook? Do you see where I am coming from or feel the complete opposite? Let me know so we can chat in the comments!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (July 8-14)

I kind of just forgot to post anything this week? I can’t really explain the why of it all, let’s just say that I was preoccupied with other things and that I am simultaneously on this massive self improvement trip that takes up a lot of time.

Movies

Mulan

This actually looks badass, but I really like the animated movie. I don’t know … I’ll be missing some elements for sure, but at least there’s no white dude running around like in one of the earlier drafts for this movie.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Uuuuh, there’s more of her!

Otherhood

I feel like this is right up my alley.

Ode to Joy

It’s weird, but also kind of interesting.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold

I liked the first trailer better, but I cracked up hard when she was talking to the “audience”.

J.T. Leroy

I can’t believe I didn’t hear anything about this when it actually happened.

Judy

I am so over biopics of real people.

The Operative

Freeman is good in business right now, I suppose.

Secret Obsession

This trailer shows way too much, even if almost everyone could have predicted the “twist”.

TV Shows

The Society (Season 2)

I just need you all to be happy for me, because I predicted that we’d get another season and WE DID!

Another Life

I am definitely here for any kind of alien/outer space show.

BH90210 (mini series revival)

It just sort of looks like a reality show? Look at the set design!?

Mayans MC (Season 2)

I’m gonna be real with you. I forgot to even check out the first season of this.

Queer Eye (Season 4)

Queer Eye is just bliss.

What will you be watching? Let’s talk about it!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (July 1-7)

Another week has come and gone and it’s been a busy one, how else could it be? I haven’t really checked on too many trailers before starting this post, so I will discover them alongside you. Here we go!

Movies

Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

I am ready for all the sci-fi references in this one.

Spies in Disguise

Sometimes I think I am feeling it and then not at all.

Jumanji: the Next Level

I hate to admit it, but I am in!

Knives Out

This looks absolutely brilliant and I cannot wait! Also, seems like Evans got tired of playing America’s sweetheart.

Driven

Fun fact: around the same time, there’ll be a documentary called “Framing John DeLorean” coming out.

Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein

I hope you all know that this is a mockumentary.

Jacob’s Ladder

Nope, this is not for me.

TV Shows

Four Weddings and a Funeral

Did I need this remake/reboot? No. Will I watch it? Likely.

The Righteous Gemstones

I guess I’d watch it.

Pandora

This looks kind of as bad as The Outpost, but then again CW gave that another season too, so what do I know?

The Boys

This will actually premiere sooner than I thought, and with that I mean this month.

Pearson

I have not watched Suits enough to be invested in this.

Will you be watching anything from the list? Tell me all about it!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Jun 24-30)

I’ve been pretty busy this week, as my parents came to visit me in Berlin. I originally intended to post more during the week, but it all came down to the weekend again. I guess that’s just the way it is. Here are your trailers!

Movies

Charlie’s Angels

I know everyone says it’s going to flop and I don’t know how to argue against it, but I am actually really pumped for this movie. I loved Charlie’s Angels growing up! My parents had to endure me rewatching the heck out of the VHS tapes.

Bond 25 (First Look)

Uhm … are we going to have a motorcycle next to train shot in every Bond movie now?

Queen & Slim

This looks awesomely intense.

The Good Liar

This looks like a great thriller!

The Current War

Why do I feel like I have seen the trailer for this a couple years back already?

Midway

I personally didn’t need a new Pearl Harbor-esque movie and especially not one that looks so filled with special effects.

Nekrotonic

It looks SO bad!

Night Hunter

Also noping out of this one.

Burn

This has too creepy a vibe for me.

Coyote Lake

Camila Mendes isn’t making the best of choices when it comes to her movie projects, but maybe that’s just my opinion.

Typewriter

I feel like I have heard about this before.

TV Shows

The Naked Director

Soooo … this is basically a show about how a Japanese dude became an adult film director … based on real life events?

Orange is the New Black (Season 7)

Can you believe that I didn’t even get through the first episode of this? I feel like such an outcast.

Designated Survivor (Season 3)

I keep forgetting this show even exists.

Will you be watching any of these shows or movies? Did something catch your eye? Let’s chat!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Jun 17-23)

Another week, another batch of trailers. I hope you are not getting tired of these kind of posts, because they will most likely keep on coming. Here’s what I got for you this time around.

Movies

Trolls World Tour

Sure, why not? We don’t do standalone movies at this point anymore after all.

Point Blank

Mackie is really in with the Netflix crowd these days, huh?

The Peanut Butter Falcon

I haven’t seen Shia in anything for forever.

Crescendo

I’d watch this? And not just because I “know” someone from the movie … I think …

Killerman

This looks like something they shouldn’t even release in theatres but rather go straight to VOD.

Ready or Not

This is a horror movie I am not going to watch, but that cast! *sobs* Why can’t Melanie/Wynonna be in something I can watch?

TV Shows

The Rook

Here’s another look at The Rook, which I think is going to be right up my alley.

The Boys

Still bitter my screening of the show during the festival got cancelled …

On Becoming a God in Central Florida

I am not sure this is for me.

Sintonia

Okay?

Family Reunion

It’s a maybe.

GLOW (Season 3)

Sam and Ruth just need to happen, okay?

Stranger Things (Season 3)

I think it’s better to not watch any more promos at this point.

Dear White People (Date Announcement S3)

I am looking forward to the actual return of the show.

Élite (Date Announcement S2)

September is still a whiles away.

Will you be tuning in to any of these shows or go see some of the movies? Let’s talk about it!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Jun 10-16)

I am going to my third screening at the TV Series Festival in Berlin today and don’t know how long it will actually take, so I am posting the trailers a little earlier than usual.

Movies

Frozen 2

This still does not feel like it was made for children.

Good Boys

I know it’s dumb, but I still need to laugh.

Above the Shadows

I am not saying this looks like a good movie, but it totally feels like a paranormal mystery romance novel.

The Art of Self-Defense

I don’t know about this one. It SAYS Offbeat Comedy Classic, but it just feels … violent instead.

Sword of Trust

I can’t believe this is a movie.

Official Secrets

I miss Matt Smith as the Doctor. That’s what I got from this trailer.

Doctor Sleep

Yeah, no. I am out. But I know some people will appreciate it.

TV Shows

Veronica Mars (Season 4)

YAS! My heart is ready for my faves to return.

Pennyworth

Still not convinced this was necessary, although Ben Aldridge and Paloma Faith make a good point … by simply being in this.

Fast and Furious: Spy Racers

Why Netflix? Just why?

The Bold Type (Season 4)

2020??? I know that they filmed almost everything at once, so why is the wait still so long?

Are you going to watch any of these? Let’s talk about it!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Jun 3-9)

So, this first week of June was quite hot where I live and I am not here for it at all. I know everyone is looking forward to summer, but the heat is exactly why I don’t. That’s my personal weekly update, but now on to the trailers!

Movies

Brittany Runs a Marathon

I kind of love the trailer already. Here’s to hoping this will be as great in long format and serve as some sort of inspiration.

Shaft

Not saying I wouldn’t absolutely watch this, but the way this trailer was edited was weird.

Being Frank

Kind of digging this weirdness.

Funny Story

Not sure there is actually anything funny about this.

Luce

Now we’re talking! I love movies that are able to make trailers that don’t in fact tell you all there is and actually keep you interested in what is going to happen in the end. Who is lying? Who is telling the truth? What’s going on?

Ad Astra

Give me all the weird space stories and I shall watch them eventually. (Also, the title just makes me think of Red Rising. Per aspera ad astra and all that jazz)

After the Wedding

I have no idea what’s going on, but looks interesting enough.

Ford v. Ferrari/Le Mans 66

I like racing movies, but it is wild how dangerous that stuff is if you really think about it.

TV Shows

Carnival Row

I don’t have any idea what is happening. I WILL watch this, but … Orlando Bloom is too old to date someone like Cara on screen and I don’t have to like it, even if others don’t care.

The Rook

This is also a book and I am very interested in it all. Give me all the supernatural/magic stuff.

Jessica Jones (Season 3)

I am looking forward to this. Krysten even directed part of this season.

Money Heist (Part 3)

Reef Break

This looks exactly like a show that won’t even make it through an entire season.

Did anything here catch your eyes? Are you going to watch something from the list? Let’s talk about it!