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Subject: Anyone know if "BONES" on TV is based on Kathy Reich's series about
Date Posted: 5/11/2008 12:31 PM ET
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Temperance Brennan?     I looked at the description of the first in the series of her books and notice there are definite differences between the 2 Temperance Brennan characters.

I LOVE the TV series.  It's on Monday at 8pm on FOX(I think?).

Date Posted: 5/11/2008 12:50 PM ET
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Yes, the TV show is based on that series.

Date Posted: 5/11/2008 10:50 PM ET
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loosely --- very loosely based on. I like the books better and even though they adopt the idea from the books and some of the characters' personalities, the books really are not similar at all to the TV show. I think the books are much better. One of the main differences that makes me angry is the setting - my family is from Montreal so it would have been nice if they would have been true to the part of the setting that takes place in Canada. Because of that missing component it alters the show tremendously when it comes to the characters and how they react to Tempy.

I won't watch Bones on TV but my daughter is an avid fan of the show and she's read every single book so far. I'm a few into the book series but still have a ways to go.

Date Posted: 5/12/2008 11:53 AM ET
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BIggest difference to me is that in the books Temperance is mid to late 40's, separated from her husbans and has a college age daughter. Plus, in the books there are none of the supporting characters as on the show nor, any of the super high-tech equipment like that holograph thing they use. Her forensic methods are more hands on.

Really, outside of the characters name & profession they are nothing alike. The books are favorites of mine, the tv show, not so much. (Although, my 17 y/o daughter loves the show.)

Date Posted: 5/13/2008 10:57 AM ET
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Thank you all for your info. 

I'm an avid fan of the TV series, sorry.  I really am into all the high tech stuff.

I noticed the books on the daily post and started looking into them.   When I was looking at the summary of her books I noticed how different they were from the TV series, which is why I asked the question.

Anyone know what the first book in the series is?  I've ordered Deja Dead (?).

I also watched the credits on the show last night and briefly saw Kathy Reiches name.  So I assumed it was based on her books.  I'm looking forward to reading her books but, I do want to read them in the right order.

Thanks, again, all!

Date Posted: 5/13/2008 12:13 PM ET
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Book order:



Date Posted: 5/14/2008 1:53 PM ET
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I love the Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs.  I agree, the books are really nothing like the show.  In fact, it might as well be two different people altogether.  The lives, friends, jobs, etc. of the book character and tv character are completely different.  I like the show, but I love the books as well.  I don't think you will be disappointed as long as you are not expecting the books to be congruent with the show.

Date Posted: 7/12/2008 1:22 PM ET
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I just recently started watching the Bones series (on DVD) and I like it.  I haven't read the books, but like most tv/movies I am sure the books are better.

Kathy Reichs is the producer of the show and I understand that she feels that the storyline is more for a script than the book.



Date Posted: 7/12/2008 4:00 PM ET
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The Temperance Brennan books are some of my favorites, therefore, I find the television show more annoying than entertaining.  Guess I am just a book snob!!!

Date Posted: 7/15/2008 4:29 PM ET
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Kathy Reichs was on the Dian Rheem show on NPR once and adressed difference in the books and the TV show.  Long story short, "Bones" is a plucky, up-and-coming, early-in the-career version of Tempy.  The books are the experienced, established, and mature version of the character.  Both are good stories, but it'll be a long time on the show before they catch up to the era portrayed in the books.

Date Posted: 7/16/2008 9:46 AM ET
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We just rented the first series of this show and love it. I'm sure if I would have read the books I would feel differently. This info was very helpful though. I'll have to keep the books in mind when I am able to see the top of Mt. Toobie (saw that in another thread and found it appropriate). lol

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Date Posted: 7/30/2008 11:31 AM ET
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If you look at the credits at the beginning of the TV program you will see that they are based on the books...but I have read several of the books and have to agree with the other posters here and say that the charater on TV is nothing like the one in the books...there are so many things that are different.  I have been able to watch the program as long as I don't expect her to be anything like the person in the books...The program is very good though and so are the books..

Date Posted: 8/5/2008 6:25 PM ET
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If you liked "Bones", you should also consider books by Tess Gerritsen, which are medical suspense novels.  I have thhe best one (I think) in my bookshelf - it  is BLOODSTREAM

Date Posted: 10/4/2008 4:28 PM ET
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The show is good, but definitely not  like the books, I agree. Kathy Reichs books are terrific, the series does not reflect the books. I still have Grave Secrets and Bones to Ashes on my shelf.

I agree with the Tess Gerristen books, she is another good medical thriller writer. Have you tried Robin Cook, Michael Palmer,  Leonard Goldberg or Patricia Cornwell, They are all worth looking into, also.

If interested there are quite a few on my book shelf. I found Mephisto Club and Bone Garden of Gerristen my favorites. But there are still many I need to read, yet myself. I am still working my own 15 books to read here.

Well, nice to talk to all of you, if anyone interested in anything, just PM me.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.  Jeanne