Ink vs Pixels - The Walking Dead
This hub may contain spoilers and opinion. You have been warned.
Comics vs Show
Many people know the answer to this question already, but the comics came out well before the show. In fact, the first issue of The Walking Dead was published in 2003 and the television show premiered on Halloween 2010 in the US. Both have won awards and/or broken records, so it's obvious that they both have a huge fan base, regardless of when they came out. We all love some evisceration from time to time and both the comics and the show deliver.
There are some inconsistencies with the characters in the show that had comic book fans grumbling. I'm so disappointed that Tyreese hasn't appeared yet and I think it was a big mistake to leave him out. I'm not sure how I feel about the characters that were in the show and not in the comics. Daryl is alright, I suppose. Maybe a little to brooding and sour for me, but a lot of people are fans. T-Dog just makes me sad. I keep forgetting that he's even in the show. At one point I was considering creating a fan page for him on Facebook so we could all support him, but I didn't feel like it. Hopefully they actually give him some story next season!
The comic book fans will notice that every member of the group is a watered down version of their cartoon counterpart. They all need a good dose of insanity. Watching all of these people in their right mind feels wrong. Okay, maybe they weren't insane, exactly. But they were a lot harder and a lot more extreme. It is a comic book, though. It has been difficult for me to see Andrea trying so hard to prove that she can be a protector for the group because I know that they should be practically relying on her to an extent. And seeing Rick tormented over every little decision, always so moral and fair... The way Rick was in the last part of season 2's finale has given me hope. Yes, that's how he's supposed to be. I cannot wait to see what happens.
The show is walking a very fine line and it's doing it really well. It is true enough to the books to mostly satisfy the comic book fans while changing enough things to keep them from getting bored or being able to anticipate things. I'm trying to think of another show that accomplishes this, but I just can't. A lot of book and comic adaptations have a really divided fan base, but I don't think that it's as extreme with The Walking Dead. I think that most people who like one will like the other.
To be honest, if the show followed the comics too closely, it would be on HBO or something because it's far too gory, adult, brutal, twisted and just flat out disturbing but in a good way. I wish that had been the case, actually. I'd love to see where the show would be if it aired on a channel that allowed stuff like that.
Do you have any input on this? Any points you'd like to make that I probably missed? Feel free to leave a comment, just remember to mind your manners. I like brains, not trolls!