The Outsider: Book vs HBO Series

** UNPOPULAR OPINION ALERT **

The Book: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Show: 🔥🔥🔥 1/2 out of 5

I had been looking forward to watching the show for months! But I wanted to read the book first. Maybe that was my mistake. But I didn’t want to ruin the book like I have in the past.

Let me just start by saying..I LOVED the book! It gave me a hangover. I thought the show would do the same, but didn’t!

Instead, I was disappointed. Don’t get me wrong. The cast was great and played their characters well. But as weird as it is to say, it was slow! Now when it comes to Stephen King, it’s usually the other way around. His books are slow burn and long. But not this one in my opinion. I flew through the book!

Like any book to film adaptation, there are always missing details. Had I not read the novel, I think I may have been confused as to what was happening on screen. (So maybe I didn’t make a mistake 😜)

While I appreciate the creators trying to stick closely to the book, I feel like it may have been better to just go a different direction instead.

Have you read the book or watched the show? What did you think?

4 thoughts on “The Outsider: Book vs HBO Series

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    1. You should! I thought The Institute was mediocre. The Outsider is more thriller/mystery, with some supernatural aspects. If you like crime fiction, you’ll like this one 🙂

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