Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Confess - Book/TV Review & Comparison

Author: Colleen Hoover

Genre: Drama, Contemporary

My Rating: ★★★


Synopsis: Auburn Reed is determined to rebuild her shattered life and she has no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to become deeply attracted to the studio’s enigmatic artist, Owen Gentry. For once, Auburn takes a chance and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is hiding a huge secret. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything Auburn loves most, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it—but can she do it?

My Thoughts: Confess was my second Colleen Hoover book and while I didn't enjoy it as much as my first, I still really enjoyed this book. Colleen knows how to write interesting and romantic love stories. I mean, I was literally tearing up towards the end of this book. Confess has been on my TBR list for a while, but with the TV adaptation out I figured it was time to move it to the top of my agenda. The best part about this book was the incorporation of the art. I have heard that Colleen does this kind of thing with a lot of her books, but the art (and the confessions) really made this book stand out among other similar books. The way that secrets were presented to the reader were also brilliant. I never thought of contemporaries having so many twists before, but I loved that this book did. Overall, I look forward to reading more Colleen Hoover books!
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Network: go90.com or go90 app

Genre: Drama

My Rating: ★★

Synopsis: See above

My Thoughts: The TV adaptation of Confess is overall an average TV show. The acting is so-so, the conversion of the book into TV script is a little unstable, and there are a large amount of changes made from the book (and for little to no reason that I could see). I'm trying not to be too harsh because this show was released on an unheard of platform, most likely with a very small budget. It's not all bad though. Owen is a god-send. He is charming and absolutely jumps off the screen. I can't help but coming out of the show with a crush 😍. Auburn's roommate, Emory, also bring so much humor and fun. Without her, Auburn would have literally been an unlit candle. 

Now let's talk about the changes from the book. Some of the changes I can understand or weren't bothered by. Aging the characters up made the mature nature of the characters more realistic. The move from Texas to Los Angeles didn't bother me because it was just a location and not a character. There were other changes though that seemed like they were done just so the writers had something to do (i.e. the amount Auburn was paid for her two hours of work with Owen). I also think that making seven half hour episodes was not the best treatment for the book. It would have benefited more from being adapted into a full length feature film or by having hour long episodes. The show moved too fast and I think that there were scenes that were cut from the book that were quite essential to the story.

Overall, this wasn't the best adaptation, but it also wasn't the worst. I would hold Colleen Hoover up there as one of my favorite authors and I think that her work deserves more than what the show gave her. The show is short enough to fly though quickly, but the book is miles better.

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