With New Year’s so close, I’ve put off my list of favorite television shows of 2014 long enough. Surprisingly, this list wasn’t as hard to figure out as I originally thought it would be. Of course, as Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorkerrecently pointed out, these six series aren’t the end-all-be-all of the television I watched in 2014.
Starz’s Black Sails was an addictive and politically complicated pirate drama, while the network’s Outlander provided a fantastic adaptation of a cool sci-fi novel. Arrow and The Flash on The CW as well as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC have revitalized the superhero genre on TV. Syfy hooked me with two new shows that have wildly different premises: Helix and Dominion. Orange is the New Black returned for a second season on Netflix and gave me my favorite quote of the year:
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Bob’s Burgers and Brooklyn Nine-Nine continued to keep Fox’s block of Sunday night comedy interesting. Meanwhile, Once Upon A Time returned from a boring Neverland/Peter Pan plot to provide an interesting take on The Wizard of Oz, as well as a slightly-bonkers live-action adaption of Frozen. Orphan Black had a decent second season with an exciting twist in the finale that left me wanting the third season immediately. Parks and Recreation also featured a series-changing finale in their sixth season that will provide an interesting final season.
All in all, 2014 was a good year in television. But, even after looking at the best of the shows mentioned above, these are the six series that really stood out to me this year.
‘Harry Potter,’ ‘Lord of the Rings,’ and ‘Twilight’ all hold spots on the list of highest grossing film series ever. (Photos courtesy of Warner Bros, New Line, Lionsgate, and Summit.)
Since the popularity of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, The Hunger Games, andTwilight in recent years, it seems like all the movie studios are rushing to turn every semi-popular book into a movie. Which can be exciting for fans of those book series. They’ll get to see their favorite characters in the flesh! They’ll get to argue with their friends over who should be cast in what role and then celebrate whichever actor or actress actually lands the part. Or the reverse might happen and they’ll get to see their favorite actors or actresses cast in roles of books they’ve never read, so they’ll get to discover great new literature. (This recently happened to me with Dylan O’Brien being cast in the movie for James Dashner’s The Maze Runner.)
Unfortunately however, there have been those movies that don’t quite live up to expectations. Whether they don’t quite capture their printed counterparts or they completely stray from the original text, some movie adaptations just aren’t good. A few of the films on my list may have redeemable qualities; they may even be decent standalone movies. But in one way or another each of these flicks failed to be as good or better than the books on which they were based. I might even go so far as to say they shouldn’t have been made (just kidding! Maybe.) Regardless, here are the movie adaptations that I hate to hate, but still do.