SoT - Legend of the Seeker

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  1. Sidmyster

    Sidmyster Registered User

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    I have just started reading the second book and i also have season 1 and 2 of legend of the seeker.

    i watched the first two episodes and noticed that the show varies greatly, but what i want to know is does season 1 relate to book 1 and season 2 to book 2 etc, as i dont want to watch something that could ruin book 2 before i have read it.
     
  2. teahupoo

    teahupoo Supercalifragilistic

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    DO NOT, i repeat, DO NOT watch the shows. They are terrible and have nothing to do with the books except for the names and places. Read the books they are good. However, you will find no love for the books here. Read them and judge for yourself.

    To answer your question, no, the show shouldn't ruin the books. But, the books will ruin the show, because you will see how the show has nothing do with the books. I would read book 2 first.
     
  3. Walt

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    Yes, it seems that each season of the show takes on the plot of the book. Season 1 and book 1 both dealt with Darken Rahl. Season 2 and book 2 both deal with the Stone of Tears.

    The television series is what got me to pick up the books. I watched Season 1 and couldn't wait for it to come back on the air. I picked up the books and blew through them before Season 2 started.

    After having read all the books, and seeing how different Season 2 was from the books, I lost all interest in the show. I think I made it about half way through the second season before I stopped watching completely. I don't even both with the re-runs that pop up from time to time.

    Because the show is so loosely based on the books, I don't think watching it will ruin the books for you. However, I do think the books will ruin the show for you (they did for me anyway).
     
  4. Sidmyster

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    im always going to read the books first :)

    thanks for answering the question.
     
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    Same here. I watched the show and after 4 episodes of lackluster storytelling but interesting concepts I felt more could be gained from reading the books, even though I hated reading at the time. I pretty much finished all the books in a few weeks. I did occassionally go back to watch the episodes but gave up halfway thru the first season. LOTS is typical bad television. The silly, repetitive stories and horrible acting on seeker was too much for me.

    I have found that alot of ppl who were fans of the show stayed fans even after reading the books. Most appear to agree the tv show and books are equal in their storytelling, a small minority feel the show is better than the books and a number of curious fans find that they appreciate the show more after reading the books. I have no idea what this means exactly, but these have been my observations. I suppose if a ridiculous show like Smallville can develop a huge fanbase LOTS can certainly have their fans as well.

    @Sidmyster, you may want to read the books first, because as far apart as the tv show is to the novels, they're not completely spoiler free.
     
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    Or you could never again think of either the show or the books and read/watch something decent instead ;)
     
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    Funny because its true. :cool:
     
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    I was ok with most of the books, at least up through Faith of the Fallen. After that they went way downhill with the author preaching the same thing over and over again. It really got to be ridiculous.

    The show, I actually enjoyed the show, but not because of any ties to the books. I decided it was something that I would look at completely on its own, and I was able to find it ok to watch. I basically enjoyed it in the same way someone might enjoy Xena the Warrior Princess or something similar. Not great TV, but it was ok for a Saturday afternoon :p
     
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    ColdSun The Enigmatic Paradox

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    I liked the show and the books. I read most of the books years ago. I wasn't expecting the show to be super duper considering the same folks that made Hercules/Xena made LOTS (you can even spot many of the same guest actors). I think the girl who played Kahlen really gave a good effort, but to me she was the only character who resembled my vision from the books. The books are not on my list of best fantasy, and to me they rate about the same as the show does if you compare it to something like The Wire. That is to say, it was just for pure campy fun, and I'll watch it any day over some garbage reality show.
     
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    I agree with Aktunka. The books were good through Faith of the Fallen but that is all. Everything after that just seemed like he got paid per word and wanted to make some money.

    The show is an abortion when compared to the books, but on their own are watchable. You just have to seperate it from the books entirely. Also its kind of cool to see the genre on tv since there isn't too much of it really.

    But I thought about rereading the books after I watched the show because I knew they were better but then I thought about books 7 through 12 and thought better of it.
     
  11. Gizmo

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    Or you could stop being pretentious and pompous.
     
  12. Roland 85

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    There is nothing pretentious or pompous in stating a fact. The show is abominable, and the books are only marginally better. There are any number of better things both on TV and in Fantasy.
     
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    This is beyond belief, have you people no taste whatsoever?

    When you state "that the show varies greatly" do you mean they vary between really-really-lame and so-bad-you-bury-your-head-in-a-pillow-because-it-is-too-painful-to-watch?

    Could they have possibly chosen a lead actor with less stage presence, a special effects crew with less talent, and a set designer with less sense of atmosphere?

    By god, the show actually made it to season two.
    What is the world coming to.
     
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    But the show is really bad.
    Not just so-so bad or "it's not my cup of tea" bad, it is mind numbingly bad.

    Perhaps the production standards have improved since my early viewing?.. but if not it left me wondering how it ever made prime time.
     
  15. Sidmyster

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    you all need to jump off the hate wagon.
    I choose what i read and watch, i didnt ask whether i should watch it or not.

    i really liked the first book so i ill read the second.

    thanks again to those who answered my actual question.
     
  16. Sparrow

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    Neither the books or the tv show are worthy of anything so strong-felt as hate... a glancing amusement is all they get from me.
     
  17. Roland 85

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    Same. Goodkind himself is a bit more deserving of hate, but still remains bellow my radar. You can lower the Sword of Righteousness now.
     
  18. nquixote

    nquixote trolling > dissertation

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    Well, maybe they are not worthy of hate, but they can have mine anyway. Don't hate on my hate, you hate-haterz! :) :) :)
     
  19. nquixote

    nquixote trolling > dissertation

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    Maybe I do, because right now it's exploding in green flame as it barrels down the mountainside right toward your house! :D

    My God, I miss the early days of the internet. ;)
     
  20. Andols

    Andols I like stories

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    I even re-read them up to temple of the winds trying to hate them but I couldnt. They are fine and stand up to plenty of other mid tier fantasy in my mind.

    Goodkind as a human I'm not a real fan of but I rarely judge my entertainment on how I feel about the creator.