Monday, May 11, 2015

Musing Mondays: Book to TV Adaptation of Wayward Pines Trilogy

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! This is when we speak about bookish rants or issues, among other things.

For this week's topic, I am talking about the book to TV adaptation of the Wayward Pines trilogy by Blake Crouch.

First of all, please tell me someone has read this series besides me?? It is seriously amazing. I read all three books in about two days. During the last book, I actually had to put the book down for a few minutes because my heart was pounding so fast from all the action. True story. But I couldn't put it down for too long because I had to know how it ended. 

Here is the synopsis from the first book: Secret service agent Ethan Burke arrives in Wayward Pines, Idaho, with a clear mission: locate and recover two federal agents who went missing in the bucolic town one month earlier. But within minutes of his arrival, Ethan is involved in a violent accident. He comes to in a hospital, with no ID, no cell phone, and no briefcase. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into the disappearance of his colleagues turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he get any phone calls through to his wife and son in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what is the purpose of the electrified fences surrounding the town? Are they meant to keep the residents in? Or something else out? Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the world he thought he knew, from the man he thought he was, until he must face a horrifying fact—he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.


How excited was I when I learned it would become a mini series on Fox?? Ummm, there are no words.  I may or may not have done some serious squealing . . . mostly may. I think 

The series premiers this Thursday, May 14. Because I am a Hulu subscriber, I got to watch the premier early. I actually saw it a couple of weeks ago.

I really enjoyed the first season. I know that it may take a few episodes to do some sufficient world building, but the first episode did a great job of showing how creepy the town is. It has a very creepy, Twilight Zone type vibe. Matt Dillon did a great job of conveying his confusion. The first book was hella confusing for me as the reader too. So much going on, so much craziness. And the whole time, I am thinking: what the hell is up with this town??



Melissa Leo is excellent as Nurse Pam. My husband mentioned that he disliked her character and she seemed annoying. My response? She's supposed to be! She is perky and kind of resembles a Stepford wife, only the husband is the crazy cult like town. 









I am loving the casting choices so far, especially Juliette Lewis as Beverly and Carla Gugino as Kate. I am not sure how I feel about Shannyn Sossamon as Ethan's wife. She is not familiar to me at all. I am kind of lukewarm about her acting and I am not sure how much chemistry she will have with Ethan. But then again, she only had a handful of scenes in the first episode and it may be a while before she interacts with Matt Dillon. So I will give her a chance.

They are doing a great job with this show so far and I can't wait to see the mystery unfold!

Have you read this series? Will you be watching the show?

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  1. I have not read the books but I am curious about the show.

    I am worried that having M. Night involved could lead to my being disappointed with the show -- at least the ending.

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    1. Oh I really hope not! But when they take a popular book series and make a TV show about it, there is always that risk. I am equal parts excited and terrified!

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  2. I have not read the books but will check out the series.

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    1. I hope you do JC! It is an awesome series.

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  3. I haven't read the series or seen the show, but it sounds fascinating. Matt Dillon is always good to watch.

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    1. I agree Cheryl. I love Matt Dillon.

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  4. I do have Hulu but somehow missed the preview. I have the first book in the series on my kindle, unread and forgotten about. I like Melissa Leo, Juliette Lewis, and Matt Dillon as edgy type actors so it should be really good watching. Thanks for reminding me and I hope I enjoy it!

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    1. Thanks Rita, I hope so too! The show premieres this Thursday. I hope you get to the first one and that you love it. :)

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  5. Oh, this sounds awesome! I do love books to movies or TV....often I am even more excited by seeing the visual images on a screen. Thanks for sharing...and here is my BLUE MONDAYS MUSINGS POST

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    1. Thanks so much Laurel. It is a great series.

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  6. I keep seeing this serious around but I haven't read it yet. I think I'll try it sometime. I've been tempted before and, now that it's coming to TV, I want to read it first. I hadn't heard they were making a min-series of it either. I'll probably watch it but I'd want to read the first book first! Though then I'll be annoyed with the show if they change anything... Maybe I should watch and THEN read. :P

    Vicarious Caytastrophe

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    1. Haha Cayt, that may be a good idea. The book is always better anyway, so watch and THEN read, :)

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  7. I have not read this book or heard about it until now, so thank you for sharing about it. :)

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  8. I've not read the books, but I'm not really a tv watcher, so I'm probably not going to.

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    1. Joy, I can certainly understand not being a TV watcher but I hope you give the books a try. :) Of course they aren't for everyone.

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