Midnight Texas: Books Vs. Television Series
Population 281 and falling
The residents of Midnight, Texas has plenty of secrets.
Based on the Charlaine Harris trilogy of novels, the books which spin-off tales based on some of the best selling author's greatest side characters. Those like myself that were in the love with the HBO depiction of the True Blood based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels, were a little worried when the series was announced for prime time on NBC, fearing a watered down version of the Harrisverse that shines so brightly across her many southern mystery series.
What resulted is exactly how I envisioned the spooky little town of Midnight, nested at the corner at Witch Light Road and Davy Highway with its signature businesses and best of the B sides minor characters that make up the town population. So far the rapid paced series, moving into episode 8 has been pretty close to the books and already closing in on most of the major story lines (Spoilers!) including Conner being revealed as the serial killer, what really happened to Bobo's fiancee and his family ties to White Supremacy and gun smuggling, Creek and Manfred's breakup, Olivia's mysterious past, the story of how Lem became a vampire, what exactly are Joe, Chuy, and Reverend, what is the demon haunting Fiji.
While there have been minor changes to bring the characters to the screen such as completely changing the backstory of vampire Lem first described as pale and more in line with the vampires of True Blood; onscreen Lem has the back story of surviving life on a plantation and finding freedom as a vampire only to outgrow the violence of his coven and realize he can survive on emotional energy instead of blood.
Manfred's psychic abilities got a major upgrade as he can pretty much see ghosts any given episode and isn't so much of a fake on the run from clients he took as advantage of in an online psychic scheme he ran with his grandmother. His relationship with an onscreen older cast Creek, also is more prominent rather than just flirting.
Fiji also got an overhaul, being less insecure about her feelings for her best friend, Bobo, far from hiding her true witch talents in the episode where she attacks the police car giving one of the few glimpses of the sheriff whom came as a crossover charger from Haper Conolly and Aurora Teagarden.
Unfortunately we haven't gotten to see much of Joe, the fallen angel, Chuy, the demon, or the Reverend, a weretiger- in their true forms yet. Still no sign of the visiting weretiger cub that the Reverend is training for Sookie Stackhouse's ex Quinn either.
Notable mention, we demand more presence of Fiji's talking cat Mr. Snuggly, who provided so much comic relief in the novels.
Where most Harris novels center around a strong female character with outrageous circumstances, like Lily Bard, Harper Conolly, or Sookie Stackhouse; Midnight's story is that is gifted outcasts that under unique and outrageous circumstances become heroes- letting showcasing some great men as well.
Viewers wonder if there is season two, what the content will be as much of the story of the three books has already been covered but NBC has plenty of source material if it works in other overlaps from Harris's extensive series.
Oddly fitting, with the severe weather of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma making landfall in the south, the dates of the last two episodes of season one has been changed several times with last reports of two episodes somewhere around Monday, September 11, as the network made room for a Harvey benefit and special reports.
Hulu also runs episodes of the show.
While its two early to say if season two will come for the Midnighters, NBC has received favorable reception of the first of ten episodes that started airing in July. The series is based on what some fans call the best of Charlaine Harris' books, taking minor characters from several series into the ultimate paranormal showdown with evil.
A spooky little town at the corner of Witch Light Road and Davy Highway
A hellmouth opening under the streets of Midnight calls supernatural beings to the little town of Midnight Texas; taking up residence in the tiny town of 281, a vampire, a witch, a fallen angel, a weretiger, a demon, and a psychic who may not be as much of a fraud as anticipated
Harris book series
Sookie Stackhouse series
Midnight Texas trilogy
Aurora Teagarden series
Harper Conelley series
Cemetery Girl triology
Lily Bard series
From mysteries to vampires Harris' series have strong females role models
Characters like Sookie Stackhouse , Roe Teagarden, and Lily Bard shine in the Harrisverse of novels of southern mysteries involving the supernatural