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From Under The Dome to The Strain: How Adaptions Are Taking Over TV


In times when the Vampire Romance was taking over young adult female’s hearts, the release of The Strain in 2009 started a refreshing new trend in the genre: Vampire novels going Horror again with new modern characteristics. Guillermo del Toro, director of Pacific Rim and Pan’s Labyrinth, and Chuck Hogan created a masterpiece with their debut trilogy. Vampirism as a disease which transforms their hosts into brutal monsters taking over the world – a great mix of Vampire fiction with a post-apocalyptic backdrop. Only a year after, in 2010, Justin Cronin released his first Vampire novel The Passage – a tome that spans over several eras after a similar post-apocalyptic invasion of the undead and also the first novel of a trilogy.
Now, in 2014, Cronin’s final installment of The Passage Trilogy has yet to be released, but The Strain has already taken over another medium: the TV Screen.
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AMC Planning The Walking Dead Movie, Anna Shinoda To Write Script


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After the finale of The Walking Dead’s third season yesterday, Robert Kirkman has told MTV that a movie of the successful series is being prepared now. The movie will be a prequel to the third season and tell the story of the Governor’s life after the zombie apocalypse (as told in Kirkman’s novel “The Walking Dead”).

In a surprising move, Paramount Pictures has hired up and coming Young Adult novelist Anna Shinoda to write the script of the movie.
Shinoda spilled the beans in a blog post shortly after Kirkman’s announcement:
“I’m very excited to take on this challenge and I want to thank Robert for trusting me with this.”
Insiders claim that Shinoda has ordered a special PG rated version of the series, because she is allergic to violent images.

According to AMC, they are currently talking to different directors, such as Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese and Michael Bay, but a final decision has yet to be made.

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My Top 10 TV Shows in 2012


Hey guys! I’m quite busy with Christmas coming up, but I still want to share some more 2012 lists. That’s why I’m posting this with my phone and the WordPress app. If the layout sucks – which will probably be the case – just concentrate on the content, please :-D
Here are my ten favorite TV shows of 2012 (or the ones I watched in 2012).

1. The Walking Dead
2. Hell on Wheels
3. The Killing (US)
4. American Horror Story Asylum
5. Dexter
6. Falling Skies
7. Once upon a time
8. Grimm
9. Body of Proof
10. The Good Wife

Thanks for reading! Feel free to share your own lists in the comment section!

Edit: I just replaced Revenge with Grimm. Totally forgot that.

New TV Shows Reviews: 666 Park Avenue, Elementary, Revolution


666 Park Avenue

I didn’t really know what to expect from this show, but it’s definitely more creepy than I thought. I have to admit, I’m not really into Horror movies or TV Shows (I didn’t dare to watch American Horror Story), so real Horror fans might have a different opinion about 666 Park Avenue.
The story is pretty simple: a young and naive couple is hired to manage the Drake residential hotel whose upscale owners are portrayed by Terry O’Quinn and Vanessa Williams. The Drake seems to be haunted and Terry O’Quinn might even be the devil himself, making contracts with the tenants that seem to get them killed eventually.

Verdict: Terry O’Quinn and Vanessa Williams are amazing! The story is interesting, but reminds a bit too much of The Shining and other “haunted house” shockers. I hope the development of all the characters (there are a lot of people living in the Drake) doesn’t fall flat because of the sheer amount of them.
The horror factor is high, but not even close to a show like American Horror Story. In 666 Park Avenue, you’ll get creepy ghosts, flickering lights, and weird dreams, but nothing that will shock you to the bones. In my opinion, that’s a good thing ;-D
So far, the ratings weren’t that great, but I hope that viewers will give the show a chance, because it has a lot of potential!

Elementary

Elementary is a new TV show based on the Sherlock Holmes novels by Arthur Conan Doyle. You don’t think that’s exciting? Well, I don’t either. There’s definitely a new approach to the material: the show is set in contemporary New York City, John Watson is actually Joan Watson, portrayed by Lucy Liu, but that doesn’t help the fact that this story is just sooo old.
The different criminal cases might be interesting, but the interaction between Holmes and Watson isn’t any different. The Holmes character isn’t any different at all. Well, he’s still Sherlock Holmes with all the quirks and strange behavior, but we already know Holmes, especially since that great show with Benedict Cumberbatch and not even the fact that Watson is female manages to revive the story.

Verdict: The show won’t last. Even if a whole season is ordered, I doubt it will get a second one.

Revolution

Revolution is probably the TV Show with the most interesting story:

Revolution takes place in a post-apocalyptic dystopian future. Fifteen years earlier, an unknown phenomenon disabled all technology dependent on electricity on the planet, ranging from computers and electronics to car engines, jet engines, and batteries. People were forced to adapt to a world without functioning technology. Due to the collapse of government and public order, many areas are ruled by warlords and militias. The series focuses on the Matheson family, who possess a special device (resembling a flash drive) that is the key to not only finding out what happened fifteen years ago, but also a possible way to reverse its effects. However, they must elude Sebastian Monroe the General and President of the Monroe Militia who wants to possess that power for himself.

Source: Wikipedia

Verdict: The setting is great. We have a Dystopian setting with dilapidated buildings and nature taking over the cities, which reminded me a bit of the “I am Legend” setting. People have to live without electricity, so many of them went to the countryside where they can grow their own food. The plot is pretty action packed, almost like a Western with old rifles and lots of Sword fighting. The characters are pretty stereotypical with Charlie being the impulsive (and annoying) teenager, Miles, the soldier who acts as if he doesn’t care about anyone etc., so the show doesn’t reach its full potential. Actually, it reminds me a lot of Terra Nova, and we all know what happened to TN. It was already announced that Revolution will get a full season and I really hope that the characters develop some more in the next episodes. Revolution has the potential to become one of the best shows!