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I'm not a huge fan of the series. I watched all of Season 1 but am not sure if I'll watch Season 2. The only episode that I really enjoyed was the one based on Storm Front. For me its not just all the minor changes they've made to some of the characters. Its the fact that much of the humor from the books is missing. The series also seems to ignore some of the basic principles of magic/magical beings that Butcher sets down in his book.
It was ok - I liked the guy who played Harry Dresden. Watching the show though, is kind of confusing. I feel like they never really lay down the "rules" - i.e., who is allowed to know about Harry being a real wizard, how much they are allowed to know about the magical world, etc. I also thought that Harry in the TV show was kind of a putz - he is always making mistakes and the magic is never really put to use. You find yourself yelling at the TV - "you're a wizard, do some d*mn magic!" Maybe they decided to keep it minimalist b/c they don't have a big effects budget or something. I heard that ratings were pretty bad and that it might not get renewed for a second season.
I knew that there would be changes going into the series...like Harry's car and his using a hockey stick instead of a staff. But there was just always something lacking about the series. As you say Harry is much more of a putz in the series....a little whiney and doesn't seem all that bright. Which isn't how is book character at all. Yes he's not the toughest person but he goes after things all gung ho often against the odds because its the right thing to do.
Perhaps with Battlestar Gallactica ending Sci-fi can put more money into Dresden Files and make it into the great show that it has the potential to be.
Well, from what you both are saying it seems the tv series is a disappointment. I haven't watched the tv series yet but he doesn't have a staff? He uses a hockey stick?! Wtf?? lol. And he hardly uses any magic?! *sigh*
I read an article somewhat that actually praised the use (or non-use) of magic on the television show. It talked about how the show avoids putting the hero in some impossible situation only to have him use some ridiculous, previously unseen magic spell that saves the day. I appreciate that, but you can watch the show and half the time not even realize that Harry CAN DO ANY MAGIC! I know it's not supposed to be like Harry Potter, but come on....
(What am I even doing here since I haven't read these books? - honestly, between talking to you guys and hearing my boyfriend rave about them, I think I will end up reading these books!) :)
His character goes into detail about the different types of magic. Ritual magic, starts with a T but forgot what it's called, that uses names and circles and then evocation magic (the blast-your-enemies-to-hell type magic.lol) which he usually needs his blasting rod to focus his energy since he's better at ritual magic.
So, I've read up to book 4 and I have to say...Dresden does use his magic a lot when he's in a bind or bad situation. It's automatic. It's part of who he is (since he's a wizard after all!).
booklover - in the tv show the blasting rod gets turned into a drumstick...which is right up there with the hockey stick.
Dresden does use a lot of magic in the books...but often that's the only way to kill the beasties that are after him. Plus he's a wizard...wizard's use magic. Its part of what makes the books so good.
I'm in the wrong country to see the shows and TVless anyway, but this is my one gripe with the books, the enemies are getting ridiculously unbelivably powerful and some major co-incidences are being called on to save Harry each time.
I know a series needs a sense of progression, but the scale is getting a bit silly now. However, a hockey stick is just daft.
I also think that there is more big big bad coming in the future. I could be wrong though.
You need to get your hands on a copy of white night! Its getting harder and harder to separate all the stories and I don't want to give anything away. *lol*
When will it be available where you are?
A drumstick? The kind you bang on drums with?lol. (I don't know why, but the first thing I thought of was a chicken drumstick!)
I wish Harry would get a bit more of a backbone (maybe that changes in later books?). I'm reading Death Masks right now and the part where he and Ortega talk on the show he's so scared and panicked. But really, he's come up against some big, bad things in past books and survived. He's a wizard, a pretty powerful one! He needs to gain more confidence in himself and his abilities.
As the books move on and Harry actually starts to trust her enough to open up to her, that's when they become friends.
So in the show Murphy's nagging and what not is expected because she doesn't fully understand what is going on with all the magical oddities that are going on. She wants to know and knows that Harry knows and it really bugs her that he doesn't tell her. She was like that in the early books too.
He's also definately a lot more sarcastic in the books then in the tv show. The tv show also misses Bob's addictions...and other various quirks that just really bring his book character to life.
I was really bummed to hear that they canceled the show. I would certainly liked to have seen it continue on.
"Mom, I really want these DVDs for my birthday, can you order them for me?" LOL
I didn't leave too much to chance!
BTW...Happy Belated Birthday
Thanks for the update and I am really behind. Will definitely try and find these books; does library have them?
Our local libraries also carry the series.