ByCassie Benter, writer at Creators.co
Breaker of Games, Mother of Bug Finding. Co-creator of AdventureJam. Twitter: @FenderBenter
Cassie Benter

There was an ad on my Kindle a while back for this book series "Wayward Pines." With a quick read of the description, I was instantly intrigued. I was hopeful that it could be some crazy story, similar to Silent Hill (both the movie and the games).

I'm not COMPLETELY mental for making this connection, right?
I'm not COMPLETELY mental for making this connection, right?

As I was reading, it became apparent that it was dabbling in something other than Silent Hill. The author, Blake Crouch, goes on to say that Twin Peaks is a huge inspiration. With the book series soon turning into a TV show, I knew I had to press on. I've read all three books, and have compared what's happened between the them and the trailer, trying to dissect it like a frog and figure out what it'll be like. Here's a look at the trailer...

My first impressions with the beginning of the trailer? I think the only word that can describe it is "eh." Watching the first half of the trailer kind of makes me cringe. I'm not sure if it's the editing, the music, the acting... something feels off to me. And don't get me wrong, it's supposed to feel off in a way, but the first half of the trailer seems cheesy when it shouldn't be.

As you can see in the first moments, Ethan wakes up and has no memory of where he is or how he got there. Everyone acts incredibly strange around him. This much is accurate with the book, however, the feeling I get between the two are very different.

Rise and shine!
Rise and shine!

In the book, you get this sense like people are hiding things, and that Ethan is out of place in their world. Everyone stares at him, parents tell their kids to look away, and so on. In the trailer, it's almost like they are deaf to Ethan and brush off every word he says. I'm rarely what you would call a "book purist," but it just doesn't feel like a proper opening for this story.

Ethan's first encounter with Beverly, the local bartender.
Ethan's first encounter with Beverly, the local bartender.

That all said, I'm impressed with the attention to detail. The town's exterior feels perfect, and the little things that the characters do and say have been in the book. A silly example perhaps, but when Ethan is in the hospital, the nurse is her usual, chipper self and even uses similar phrases, and that's exactly what we see in the trailer. I'm generally not too nitpicky, but I do like when they include the little things like this. It makes you feel like they actually read the book and know what they're adapting, instead of just taking an idea and name and running with it. Other book readers may disagree, with the mindset that they want to see different things so that they don't suffer from déjà vu.

Here we see Ethan perfectly emoting my reaction to the weirdness that is Wayward Pines.
Here we see Ethan perfectly emoting my reaction to the weirdness that is Wayward Pines.

So the first half of the trailer left something to be desired, but still got some things right. My thoughts on the last half of it? THIS is what I felt from the book. Perhaps I'm just partial to Carla Gugino, as she is my favorite actor out of everyone in the show. (I also felt she was the best casted character, but perhaps that discussion is best left for another article... -wink-) The moment when she tells Ethan a sliver of what's happening; that "they" are "watching and listening" to them, and the second she pulls that smile... that is what Wayward Pines is to me. Hauntingly mysterious.

"You could be happy here, Ethan."
"You could be happy here, Ethan."

The trailer then spirals out of control and really makes you wonder if everyone in this town have lost their minds. Towards the end of the trailer is the real "WHOA, what?!" moment, as you realize that Wayward Pines is enforced by this gigantic electrical fence. We have no idea why, though. Wayward Pines tends to leave more questions than answers. Why is there a fence? Is it to keep people out or in? Why does Ethan have no memory of what's happened to him? Why is his working partner, Kate, saying so many vague things?

RISK OF DEATH - RETURN TO WAYWARD PINES - BEYOND THIS POINT YOU WILL DIE
RISK OF DEATH - RETURN TO WAYWARD PINES - BEYOND THIS POINT YOU WILL DIE

In closing, I'm on the fence with this one (pun may or may not be intended). I'm cautiously hopeful, as I want so badly for this to be a great adaption, but only time will tell. Wayward Pines is produced and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, is set to release on the 14th of May, with each episode running for an hour long on FOX.

What do you guys think? Have you read the books... do you have hope? If you haven't read them, does Wayward Pines interest you at all? Let me know in the comments!

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