The other day I picked up a copy of Outlander Season 1 for free and I was quite impressed by it (time slip, historical drama/romance). What it got me thinking about was how you can often tell when a TV series comes from a book. Game of Thrones and True Blood are two others where they felt like book worlds, just like Outlander does. Well, to me anyway.
When I watch shows like that, they have obviously huge “worlds” which TV writing so rarely has. They also tend to have a rounding out of even bit-player characters that you don’t get on telly normally and character behaviour across a season is consistent.
Contrast that to something like Beauty and the Beast (recent TV show) where the characters flip-flop ad break to ad break! Mind you I also give that show “credit” for how lamely they try to tie the “case of the week” police procedural storyline to the “my boyfriend is a genetically altered mutant-man” core plot. (Mind you, it’s already on season 3 or 4 so what would I know about what makes good TV!) Yes, I picked this one up for free also.