Literary adaptations can’t please everyone when the film version is compared to the original novel. Its like an unofficial fact. I’ve never really heard anyone say that a movie or TV series is better than the original novel. Generally, novel lovers will compare the plots and focus on flaws like inconsistency and tangents. This is pretty evident from other hits like Harry Potter, LOTR, Game of Thrones etc. Nonetheless, World Without End, 2012’s newest TV mini-series, looks like a delight for historical fiction lovers that haven’t read it.
World Without End (2007) is the sequel to the historical fiction novel The Pillars of the Earth (1989) by Ken Follet, which was also adapted into a TV mini-series (2010). The funny thing about this one is that many readers weren’t happy with novel-sequel World Without End and felt it was a let-down after The Pillars of the Earth from almost 2 decades earlier. Neither are like Game of Thrones which is primarily in the fantasy genre, so I don’t know why people bother comparing them.
“World Without End is set 150 years after Pillars of the Earth and chronicles the experiences of the fictional English town of Kingsbridge during the start of the Hundred Years’ War and the outbreak of the Black Death.”
World Without End (2010) — TV mini-series cast
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