Rainy Day Binge
Yesterday, January 26, was Australia Day and I really wanted to go to the beach. There are many wonderful things about living in Australia, and I count our beaches among them.
However in my part of Down Under, summer has been erratic to say the least—sweltering days followed by torrential rain (hurray, dampening the bushfires!) followed by hot, sticky weather then more drizzly weather, then more violent storms.
Australia Day dawned bright and sunny and perfect. My husband and I had decided to spend the day together and go for lunch at a wonderful beachside café and then a swim at a Sydney beach.
This is what we found as we walked down to the sand.
|Rough seas made the water too dangerous for swimming|
And another sign...
|These nasty marine stingers were everywhere - you couldn't even walk safely on the sand without encountering them|
So no swimming. The week before at another beach we’d been stymied by excess seaweed brought in by storms and huge seas.
|Who wants to swim with so much seaweed!|
I worked all the way through Christmas and New Year to meet a book deadline. When I’m writing I never watch television, as there’s simply no time. So I decided the erratic summer weather with all the storms called for some binge TV watching.
I recently subscribed to an Australian streaming service. First up use was the Christmas special of Sherlock, “The Abominable Bride” which I loved.
Sherlock, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, is an addiction in this family, we have all the series on DVD. On our visit to London last year, when I was meeting with my Harlequin Mills & Boon editors, my husband was making a pilgrimage to Speedy’s café which is important in the series. Then he went to the Sherlock Holmes museum at 221 Baker Street. One of the things I enjoy about the modern day Sherlock Holmes is the way they adapt the original Arthur Conan Doyle books.
I’m a big Benedict Cumberbatch fan so then caught up with The Imitation Game (I don’t get to see many movies at deadline times either) which was incredibly good. Now I want to read the book on which the movie was made.
It wasn’t until the Golden Globe nominations that I realised Mozart in the Jungle was not about bringing classical music to tribes-people in the Amazon or Africa but about the lives and loves of classical musicians in the urban jungle of New York.
One episode and I was totally hooked and watched the entire two series. It’s full of romance and drama and of course the music is wonderful. I was so entranced by the series, I downloaded the book upon which it is based to discover it was nothing like the show.
I’ve just discovered British crime drama Vera and am loving the gritty, superbly acted stories about a middle aged, grumpy female detective chief inspector played by Brenda Blethyn. Her offsider Joe is played by the very handsome David Leon (definitely romance novel hero inspiration!) The series is based on novels by author Ann Cleeves. Of course now I’ve ordered the first book in the series and hoping to have discovered a new author.
It seems it’s easier to get a TV series based on a crime novel than on a
romance novel. The notable exceptions being Highlander and Poldark both of which I adore.
What about you? Do you have a favourite TV show based on a book—or vice versa? Any surprises or disappointments? Any to recommend?
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Sherlock is superb.ReplyDelete
I enjoy the Kathy Reich's books. The TV show BONES is a very loose interpretation. Both fun.
Oh yes, Mary, I 've enjoyed Bones and really enjoyed the books I've read in the series too.Delete
I'm with you about Sherlock and Benedict Cumberbatch. Just saw The Imitation Game and now have the book on my TBR list. Discovered Poldark, watched all the episodes on DVR and had to run out for the DVD. Also just subscribed to Amazon Prime and watched Season 1 of Bosch, based on the Michael Connelly character. Seems to be following pretty closely so far. Looking forward to Season 2 in April.ReplyDelete
Grandma Cootie, seems like we enjoy the same series. I looked up Bosch and that looks good too!Delete
Wow - what a wonderful binge. Love Sherlock!!! Thought the Imitation Game was excellent also. We are currently binging on Jessica Jones.ReplyDelete
Jessica Jones looks fun, Jen!Delete
Ooh, looks like you've been having a fun TV binge there, Kandy. Though bummer on the beach trips! I've really enjoyed the Call the Midwife series...which has me wanting to read the book. And there must be oodles more that I love, but they're all eluding me at the moment (no doubt I'll remember them all about this time next week. ;-) ).ReplyDelete
I adore Call the Midwife Michelle, I need to catch up on the last series.Delete
A very old one. James Herriott. I liked both the series and the books, which is odd for me. Usually I like the books better, but this series was really okay. (except the wife (Helen) I think it's not productive in a series to switch actresses (or actors for that matter) when they play a major part in a series.ReplyDelete
I loved the James Herriott series, too, Riet. I read the books first and then the TV series.Yes, I dislike it when they change actors in a series. It's difficult to believe in the new one.Delete
I really don't watch anything but sport on TV LOL I have way too many books to read these days I do watch the odd movie here and there but no TV shows these days.
I do love the cover of your new book and can't wait to read it :)
Hi Helen, it's a gorgeous cover isn't it! I'm very happy with it. I hope you enjoy it. The book is the second for the Party Queens.ReplyDelete
Hallo Kandy, I do not love the movie or television series inspired by the books, are often a disappointment, but I enjoyed Sherlock Holmes and those taken from the books of Agatha Christie, Inspector Poirot and Miss Marple.ReplyDelete
Hi Franca, oh yes, I agree with you - I love the Poirot and Miss Marple TV adaptations. I really like the actors and also the way they do the settings and costumes.Delete
Kandy, sorry I'm late stopping by! The last week has flown.ReplyDelete
Can't wait to see some of the BC shows you mention. I'm currently enjoying season 3 of 'The Bridge' which is very gritty but addictive. Love 'Vera' too. She's such a great character, isn't she? I also enjoyed 'Sherlock' and 'Call the Midwife'.
Oh, Kandy, and 'Glitch' the Aussie TV series. Worth watching if you can get it now.ReplyDelete
Thanks for that recommendation, Annie. Glitch was on while I was in no TV mode and you're not the first to tell me I missed something really good! Apparently there is another season coming so I hope they repeat the first!Delete