This show is something of an odd one. I have not read the book, but only seen the movie as a child. This show is nothing like it. They went with a dark twisted setting that really interested me. I have never liked fantasy, but this was good. Its slow and explained things enough that I could understand. If you watch shows for CGI special effects or lots of action rather than development in characters and the storyline, you might want to give this a miss. I really wish that they had renewed this for a second season, or carried the story on in medium.