I’m a big fan of the Half Bad Trilogy so I was excited when I heard Netflix was making a show based on the series. Since I was that excited I hate saying it since it’s so cliché, but… the book was better. Now, don’t get me wrong I do think the show is good and I definitely do want them to make more because I am interested to see where it’s going. Especially since they changed sooooooo much which means I would have no idea where they’d go in a second season. Which then means I wouldn’t have much to compare it to.
But, I still have to say that I was pretty disappointed because the book was extremely heart-wrenching. I felt like I was crying every other page, so I was pretty shocked at how good Nathan’s life was in the show compared to the book. That was probably my biggest problem with the show. I can get over changing characters’ powers for no reason or even removing characters altogether. But what really got me was how the trauma Nathan went through in the show was an extremely pale imitation of what book Nathan went through. I was both expecting and excited to be like “Oh my gosh that’s even worse seeing it than reading it!” so I was kind of let down when my heart wasn’t even given the chance to be broken.
Even though I wasn’t extremely happy with the show I did enjoy it. My favorite part was the casting of Nathan and Gabriel. Now I will forever picture them from the show whenever I read the books again which I see as a sign of good casting. I also thought the special effects for the magic were really good. So, when I put the good and the bad together I would give the show a 6 out of 10. With a strong possibility of getting better with more seasons.