The last book I finished in 2008 was Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger. I had this book on my radar even before I read A Prayer for the City, because I have a soft spot in my heart for inspirational sports stories. Even though the book turned out to be different than I expected, I still really enjoyed it. I’ll get to a real review sometime soon.
The reason I’m writing about this for my Sunday Salon post is that Friday Night Lights has been turned into a tv show on NBC that I also really love. The show is very different from the book — the storylines are similar (since they both follow the arc of a football season), but ultimately the two pieces take on different issues. The book seems critical of the fandom of Texas high school football, and although the show does take on some of the darker aspects of this fandom, it’s actually much more positive about sports in general. The show is character driven, and I thought the casting was very close to the characters as described in the book.
In any case, I wasn’t disappointed in Friday Night Lights when I read it, and finishing the book made me even more excited for the show to be back in NBC in a few weeks. You’ll know where to find me Friday nights at 8:00 p.m. 🙂
Are there any book to tv adaptations you think are particularly good? Particularly terrible?