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09/23/2017 - 6:40 pm

I wanted to add a few more comments here about the series. I am enjoying them very much and know with adaptations, much will be excluded. That being said, I think the writers and director missed some real gems and the show would have still moved forward with a little more excitement.

1. Robin and Strike in the car scene. They should have followed it more closely to the book with all the excitement of avoiding the accident and the talk in the pub about how she learned to drive professionally.

2. I think if they would have done the above thing, they could have kept Matthew and Robin's argument about her being at the funeral intact. This would have reflected the Matthew we see in the book. They way they rewrote it, made it sound like Matt was a victim and we felt sorry for him. Matt is a very selfish person and self absorbed. He is threatened by Strike and is always showing that insecurity in the book.

3. I think they should have used Robin driving the taxi in the book to take Liz Tassel to the police. They would have also been exciting with that fight scene between them and Al would have been used a little bit more. Strike would have come to Robin's rescue. A perfect way to show his feelings for her.

These are just a few things I thought of from the Silkworm. They really needed one more episode. And with Career of Evil coming us with only two episodes, I worry the same will happen. Nevertheless, I love the theme song. Such a lovely song that fits Strike and Robin's growing affection for one another. Loving Tom as Strike and Holly as Robin.

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09/23/2017 - 9:48 pm

DonnaN said
I wanted to add a few more comments here about the series. I am enjoying them very much and know with adaptations, much will be excluded. That being said, I think the writers and director missed some real gems and the show would have still moved forward with a little more excitement.

1. Robin and Strike in the car scene. They should have followed it more closely to the book with all the excitement of avoiding the accident and the talk in the pub about how she learned to drive professionally.

2. I think if they would have done the above thing, they could have kept Matthew and Robin's argument about her being at the funeral intact. This would have reflected the Matthew we see in the book. They way they rewrote it, made it sound like Matt was a victim and we felt sorry for him. Matt is a very selfish person and self absorbed. He is threatened by Strike and is always showing that insecurity in the book.

3. I think they should have used Robin driving the taxi in the book to take Liz Tassel to the police. They would have also been exciting with that fight scene between them and Al would have been used a little bit more. Strike would have come to Robin's rescue. A perfect way to show his feelings for her.

These are just a few things I thought of from the Silkworm. They really needed one more episode. And with Career of Evil coming us with only two episodes, I worry the same will happen. Nevertheless, I love the theme song. Such a lovely song that fits Strike and Robin's growing affection for one another. Loving Tom as Strike and Holly as Robin.  

I too noticed that they paint Matthew in more light colors than in the books! They even made him ironing clothes like WTF???
And when Robin left to go to the party for her work with Cormoran made her look bad!
They also should have left the arrgument he had with Robin that left her sleeping on the sofa!
Also the reason Robin choose to drive Cormoran to Devon made her look bad, in the book there was a serious reason for her doing it!
I don't understand why are they portraying Matthew that way and make Robin look bad! To make a point that she isn't so in love with him and she loves her job more? To make a shock factor about Matthew's cheating in the third book? I wish I knew...
As for the taxi scene I totally agree, they should have kept it, it was so poor to make Robin only chase her on the street and Cormoran trying to run to get to her!
Also they didn't need snow to film an almost accident scene Ι don't know why that also was left out!
For me it would be perfect if they had five episodes for each book and I hope that now they saw that the tv-series had success they will film more episodes for each future book!
Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger are perfect for their roles and together they have an amazing chemistry! It's a pleasure to watch them act!

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09/24/2017 - 3:31 am

YorkieGirl said
I used to work in the Tottenham Court Road/Charing Cross Road area, and it's great to see the actual locations used (saw my favourite pub, the Duke of York, in episode 4).

Did I read that the Duke of York is the pub they used for The Tottenham?

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09/24/2017 - 3:40 am

Caitlin said

I too noticed that they paint Matthew in more light colors than in the books! They even made him ironing clothes like WTF???
And when Robin left to go to the party for her work with Cormoran made her look bad!
They also should have left the arrgument he had with Robin that left her sleeping on the sofa!
Also the reason Robin choose to drive Cormoran to Devon made her look bad, in the book there was a serious reason for her doing it!
I don't understand why are they portraying Matthew that way and make Robin look bad! To make a point that she isn't so in love with him and she loves her job more? To make a shock factor about Matthew's cheating in the third book? I wish I knew...

I agree -- both Robin and Cormoran are seemingly painted in a poor light when it comes to their romantic relationships. Both simply seem to prefer their jobs above their partners. Charlotte's lunacy hasn't been made apparent, and Matthew is far too sympathetic at this point.

I have enjoyed the TV series, but I'm having to view it as a separate entity from the books. The TV adaptation is soooo different from the books. So much has been omitted (understandably), but often what is left is changed completely. I'm not sure why the writers would feel that was this necessary. I also wish more episodes could have been devoted to each book. Three, much less two, episodes simply aren't enough. I wonder if I would have even been able to follow the storylines if I hadn't already read the books.

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09/24/2017 - 8:58 pm

While I'm in the U.S., I managed to find some online sites so I could watch the TV adaptation -- I'm way too impatient to wait for HBO to deign us worthy of seeing it who knows when.

I agree overall -- Holly and Tom do a great job of portraying Robin and Cormoran...even though his hair is much nicer than JKR writes it. 🙂 I feel they did a much better job adapting The Cuckoo's Calling than The Silkworm; the latter seemed too rushed, too much compressed together to create a TV plot. Admittedly I'm a stickler for book over show, and I know they have to make adaptations, but I agree that certain plot points still could've been fleshed out more.

- Definitely agree that Robin's driving skills could/should have been showcased differently and a little more referenced as to Strike's reaction and how she acquired them.
- Matt ironing? I don't think so. He came across as too sympathetic, especially in comparison to Robin.
- Finding out the killer seemed too convenient, but perhaps that's because I like a good plot and I didn't feel the TV version demonstrated Strike's thoroughness and intelligence in figuring out the cases.

Probably a few more things to nitpick, but that won't stop me from watching the hell out of the next one (and checking obsessively to see when I can pre-order Lethal White). Basically when my husband and I watch them together, I will fill him in on the missing backstory (as I did for all the Harry Potter movies)!

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09/26/2017 - 2:03 pm

I was surprised to see that Strike didn't hook up with anybody in the Silkworm (Nina or anybody else) and that he didn't flash out his latin knowlwdge...

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09/29/2017 - 4:51 pm

I really enjoyed The Cuckoo's Calling, but I was a bit disappointed with the Silkworm story.

Too many characters messed around with (Liz Tassel was not at all like portrayed in the novel really), or removed entirely (Nina Lascelles for example), and it all felt a bit rushed. That said, I'm still loving the chemistry between the two leads: they are pretty marvellous. And I think they did a good job casting Leonora and Orlando. It's a bit like the Strike version of what happen to HP and the Order of the Phoenix when that was adapted

So I'm looking forward to Career Of Evil, which I think will be an absolute cracker early in the New Year...

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