I would just like it on the record that I did read the book first…
And OMG, I LOVED it! I also loved Hidden Bodies (See Review), maybe even a little bit more. One thing I know for sure, is that I love Joe, and trust me, I am not the only one. Everyone is rooting for him. But how can that be? He’s a serial killer, a sociopath. He’s also charming, witty, and dreams of finding true love. His methods are unconventional sure, but like all of us, Joe is just looking for “The One”.
Now you must be asking, “what’s wrong with this lady? How can she be rooting for the killer? Well, since you ask, it’s incredibly easy when you have an author like Caroline Kepnes writing the story. It’s all her fault really. She’s so damned good, she has managed to make the nation fall for a killer, and for that, and so many other reasons, we want Joe to get the girl and live happily ever after.
As with all adaptations, there is always the fear that it won’t do the source material justice. We hear time and time again, that “The book was better”.
In this case, they have done an excellent job translating the story onto the little screen. It’s been cast well, and for the most part, season 1 followed the book pretty faithfully. Like all adaptations, you wont get every little detail the same or have every scenario play out, because there simply isn’t room for it all. That said, it’s very close, and as a huge fan of both the author and YOU, I am very satisfied with the final product. I think it helped that Kepnes produced each episode as well.
Penn Badgely as Joe
Personally, I feel like he is a good choice for the character. Physically he fits the criteria, and since he stalked Serena van der Woodsen so well in season 1 of Gossip Girl, he already has experience. Especially, since we found out at the end of the series that “Dan” was the infamous Gossip Girl, and stalked all of NYC’s elite. Seriously, this guy’s a natural!
Joking aside, he has the broody intellectual thing that Joe has and it works. I think he has done a brilliant job of bringing the character to life, and I look forward to seeing what he does next.
I was so thrilled when this show dropped on Netflix! I hadn’t expected it so quickly but I knew that I needed to be patient because this show had BINGE written all over it! And that’s exactly what I did! Over the course of only 24 Hrs too. Hey, what can I say? I was committed.
Overall, I enjoyed season 1 immensely and I cannot wait for season 2! You don’t have to read the books to watch and love the series but I highly recommend that you do. Caroline Kepnes is an exceptional writer and her books are addictive, unique, and entertaining.
This show get an A++ from me!
What did you guys think?