under the dome..fan or not?

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Are you a fan of Under the Dome on CBS?

  • Yes

    Votes: 4 12.1%
  • No

    Votes: 16 48.5%
  • Meh

    Votes: 13 39.4%

  • Total voters
    33

doowopgirl

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I watch the first season and the some of the second at some point my wife and I felt it was too soap operaie. I love the book.

I think one thing that people have to consider is that a movie, video game, comic, or Tv show is its own thing and that’s how you have to measure it, on its own merits. There are too many cooks in the kitchen, and creative people want to impart their own flavor. Everyone adds a little more seasoning or omits mushroom to the recipe, sometimes to its determent.

I try to see adaptations as their own separate thing, and if I want something faithful to the story I reread it.

Just my two cents.
I get what you're saying. I've never been a stickler for following the book exactly. I just felt it got fantastical and made less sense as it went along.
 

chief4db

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Exactly. The show, movie ECT is on its own merit. Usually it will never measure up to the book. Just like how king did the shining. He made them change the name to Kubricks the shining bc he didn't like how it was different. I'm guessing if u watch the show first u have a better chance of liking it.
 
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Rockym

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For the most part, I agree with your comment....BUT...The Shining is one of the best adaptations of a SK story, which did not stick to the book.

No it really isn't. It's one of the worst actually. Kubrik changed way too much of the book. One of the things I really missed in the movie was that none of the closeness between Jack and Danny was shown. Nor did it really show exactly WHY Jack was going insane. It felt like he was just slowly succumbing to cabin fever. It's not a bad movie at all, just a really terrible adaptation.

Watched the first season, noting the various things that were different from the book (mostly because Hubby kept asking). When season two started getting out of hand, we let it go. It was disappointing that they jumped the shark so quickly, IMO.

Various things? Try almost everything. I just started watching the series on Amazon and am about 5-6 episodes into the first season. The only things this series has in common with the book is that a dome covered a small Maine town and the names of characters and places. The entire story and characters are really different from the one told in the book. I think it's still pretty good though, but again it's a terrible adaptation.
 
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GNTLGNT

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No it really isn't. It's one of the worst actually. Kubrik changed way too much of the book. One of the things I really missed in the movie was that none of the closeness between Jack and Danny was shown. Nor did it really show exactly WHY Jack was going insane. It felt like he was just slowly succumbing to cabin fever. It's not a bad movie at all, just a really terrible adaptation.



Various things? Try almost everything. I just started watching the series on Amazon and am about 5-6 episodes into the first season. The only things this series has in common with the book is that a dome covered a small Maine town and the names of characters and places. The entire story and characters are really different from the one told in the book. I think it's still pretty good though, but again it's a terrible adaptation.
...Grace DID say "which did not stick to the book".....it's a fine feature film if you divorce it from the source material....
 
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Rockym

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Well, at first. Then I got to where I'd just throw up my hands and shrug. :a24:

Actually, I am up to episode 8 in season 2 and am really enjoying this series. Even though everything is different from the book, it's done in a good way. It kinda feels like how Desperation and The Regulators are related, characters with the same names but very different. The only difference is UTD has the same setting in both cases.
 

S.R. Wittmann

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I know Under the Dome is in its third season, but I only now decided to start watching it. At this point, I have only watched the first three episodes. I finished the 1,200 page book (part 1&2) a few months ago and enjoyed it (them) very much. So, I came to the TV series already familiar with the plot and the characters. Right out of the box, I was disturbed with Barbie burying a body. In the novel, Barbie is the lead protagonist while Big Jim is the real antagonist. To me, introducing Barbie this way undermined his character or at least how I already understood his character. Then, speaking of Big Jim, he seems far too nice in the TV production for the clustermug A-hole he really is. I'm just calling it like it is. Another thing that rubbed me wrong was Junior. Now keep in mind that I've only seen three episodes so far, but up to now there's been no mention of a brain tumor AND this guy is supposed to be into necrophilia! Where are the dead girls in the pantry? I WANT DEAD GIRLS IN THE PANTRY! Come on...talk about screwing up a character! So what do you get? The TV Junior locks Angie in a bomb shelter. Big frickin' deal...what a cotten pickin' clustermug this is turning out to be! Calm down...take a deep breath...now,let's go watch episode four.
 

Rockym

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I know Under the Dome is in its third season, but I only now decided to start watching it. At this point, I have only watched the first three episodes. I finished the 1,200 page book (part 1&2) a few months ago and enjoyed it (them) very much. So, I came to the TV series already familiar with the plot and the characters. Right out of the box, I was disturbed with Barbie burying a body. In the novel, Barbie is the lead protagonist while Big Jim is the real antagonist. To me, introducing Barbie this way undermined his character or at least how I already understood his character. Then, speaking of Big Jim, he seems far too nice in the TV production for the clustermug A-hole he really is. I'm just calling it like it is. Another thing that rubbed me wrong was Junior. Now keep in mind that I've only seen three episodes so far, but up to now there's been no mention of a brain tumor AND this guy is supposed to be into necrophilia! Where are the dead girls in the pantry? I WANT DEAD GIRLS IN THE PANTRY! Come on...talk about screwing up a character! So what do you get? The TV Junior locks Angie in a bomb shelter. Big frickin' deal...what a cotten pickin' clustermug this is turning out to be! Calm down...take a deep breath...now,let's go watch episode four.

Yeah, all the characters are changed a lot from their book versions. And quite a few don't even show up at all. Season 3 felt to me like they switched to another SK novel. I won't say which one but the actress who comes on board in season 3 also starred in the adaptation of the novel. And don't worry, Barbie is still the main protagonist. He's just a lot different from the book.
 
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S.R. Wittmann

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Well, I'm about mid-way through season two of Under the Dome, and have just about given up on trying to line up the TV story line with the novels. It's just not going to happen. I'm still disappointed Big Jim can't throw in a cotton-pickin' clustermug at least once in a while. It really was an important part of his character. And I still feel robbed that Junior never had any dead girls in the pantry. Probably a TV censorship thing, but an endearing part of the SK novel. Did you notice instead of showing a woodchuck getting sliced in two, which played a major role in the story's development, the TV version decided to slice a cow in two? So, what conclusion can we draw from this? Cow mutilation is fine but dead girls in the pantry is a no-no? And never mind any woodchucks--their bodies are too small for a TV gross-out scene. Also, did anybody notice the episode where the bell tower exploded? That was right out of The Tommyknockers and I half expected the town's people to erect a hologram projection to make it look like it was still there. And then there was that strange looking fellow sitting at the breakfast counter in the Sweetbriar Rose. He gave me the willies.
 
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