We’re getting hammered by Tropical Depression Lee today. No cookouts for us! But it’s bringing with it cooler temperatures and some much needed rain. My poor hubs has to work, so I’m chilling out at home, mining the DVR for programming (since it’s raining so hard we’ve got no consistent signal) and finally getting around to watching the latest Lifetime Nora Roberts movie, Carnal Innocence (yeah, we see how often I watch TV without my hubs…I think I recorded it back in February). I’m always interested to see how well they translate them. Some have been really good–Angel’s Fall seemed to be a fairly faithful rendition. Some have been awful, with way too much deviation from the book–Montana Sky was a HUGE disappointment. Which is sad because that’s one of my favorite Nora books.
So far Carnal Innocence is…okay. I’m never sure how movies will present Mississippi. Nora did a pretty good job in the book, considering. There are things that annoyed me, but they’re very typical of non-southerners. Naturally the movie was filmed in L.A., so there are all kinds of hills and beautiful scenery that we just don’t have in the Delta. Which is not a shock. It’s a Lifetime movie. I’m sure they didn’t have the budget to film on location. The houses, other than Sweetwater, are, generally way too big and pretentious. They have changed random details like making the Sheriff black, which I don’t care about except that’s not how the book was written. They just had a love scene in front of a fireplace with a lit fire, which is utterly moronic, since it’s dead summer in this story and Tucker was in the pool at the beginning of the movie. And there seem to be plenty of random shots of Tucker’s flat belly for no apparent reason (I didn’t say that was necessarily a bad thing). But they totally nailed the southern hospitality and overt friendliness, so I’m not too upset. I’m waiting to see if they bring in the dog. It’s looking like no, which is sad. Nora always writes great dogs and I really liked Useless.
That’s something I loved to do in my romantic suspense that never seems to work out in my paranormal stuff. It just seems weird to give a werewolf a dog or something. Plus, my paranormal peeps are often on the go in circumstances that would make having a pet at home or along for the ride kind of difficult of irresponsible. I’ve got a dog planned for my kitchen witch series. The heroine, Lyla, is allergic to cats, so she winds up with a Great Dane for a familiar. Squish. Who, through a spell gone awry, is going to wind up being able to talk. Which should be a lot of fun. That’s something I’d like to see more of. Somebody successfully pull off pets in paranormal. The kind who are characters in their own right. You don’t see it often. Katie MacAlister does a great job with this in her Aislin Gray series with Jim, who is actually a demon in a Newfoundland’s body. But it works. He’s a marvelous character.
Who’s your favorite pet character in a book?