Book To Movie Monday (22)

For this weeks Book to Movie Monday I have decided to cover The Walking Dead: Days Gone By. Now I know, I know it's a TV show not a movie but I've wanted to do a comparison for awhile now and rather than make a whole new meme I'm shelving it here.

First Let's Discuss The Book. Below Is The Cover:

Now for a little back story in case some of you aren't familiar with the Novel. The Walking Dead began as a comic series created by Robert Kirkman. The comics were first released in 2003 by Image comics. The Walking Dead: Days Gone By Vol. 1 was released in May 2004 and contains the first 6 issues in the series.

Let's look at some of the characters now shall we.

Main Protagonist

Rick Grimes- A small town deputy from Kansas. He is husband to Lori Grimes and Father to Carl Grimes. In the first episode/comic he is shot and sent into a coma. Upon waking Rick discovers that his hospital has been abandoned as well as his town and the dead for reasons unknown have risen. In both the series and the comics Rick is the Main Protagonist.

Major differences between the Book and the Series.

In the Comic Rick's shootout was actually quite short and there was only one shooter.
In the Series this is a full on action sequence. No longer one lone gunman and a stationary truck now we have multiple shooters. Rick still ends up shot but it's done in a much cooler way.

In the Comic the characters don't talk with a southern accent though it is assumed they would based on location.
In the Series they really give a distinct voice to the characters letting you know they are in the South but not every accent is created equal, which is nice.

In the Comic Rick runs out of gas and goes to a Farmhouse to ask if they have some to spare. Inside he finds the entire family dead.
In the Series while Rick does still go to the Farmhouse he never sets foot inside and we only see a presumed married couple not an entire family.

In the Comic the series starts with Rick and Shane at a shootout.
In the Series it starts with Rick looking for gas after the Zombies rise and then backpedals to the day Rick is shot.

In the Comic Morgan immediately realizes Rick as alive after his son hits him and takes him in without any hesitation.
In the Series Morgan is much more hostile towards Rick and while finally convinced he's not been bitten he doesn't totally trust him either.

In the Comic Shane serves as the human antagonist of the story. He is manipulative and quite unstable.
In the Series Shane starts off quite the hero but slowly this facade erodes into his true personality which is that of a borderline sociopath.

Speaking of Shane....

In the Comic Shane is killed really quick and we never really get to know him as a character.
In the Series Shane sticks around much,much longer and like mentioned above its a long slow trip down the rabbit hole for him. He does still die though :(

In the Comic there is no dead mother sub plot with Duane and Morgan.
In the Series we learn that Morgan's wife had died due to a bite and still haunts the family by showing up nightly. We never learn if Morgan finally killed her or not.

In the Comic Rick doesn't know his family is safe and with a group of survivors.
In the Series we learn quite quickly that a group of survivors is set up outside Atlanta including Rick's wife and son.

In the Comic Lori and Shane have a relationship but its not found out til later that they had a one night stand.
In the Series its established that Lori and Shane have a relationship even if its secret from the rest of the group.

In the Comic Rick is saved by Glenn after his horse is devoured by walkers.
In the Series while Glenn does save Rick he does it by communicating via walkie talkie while Rick hides out in a tank positioned next to where his horse fell and was devoured.

In the Comic we have no Daryl or Merle *horror*
In the Series we do and I think we all can agree this was a perfect addition.

While there are plenty more comparisons, I think these really stood out in my mind the most. Of course I'm sure after posting this I'll go GAH I forgot to add....

My Thoughts

While the comics are brilliant and believe me they are they just cannot compare to seeing it translated to screen. Not only is the show shot beautifully but I think they really cast the right people to play the parts. Definitely check out both and see for yourself. Let me know if you do as I'm curious to see your thoughts.

Well that about wraps up this weeks Book to Movie Monday. Have a recommend for an upcoming Book to Movie let me know in the comments below. Want to see more Walking Dead comparisons let me know as well.


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