I've been spending the season break doing a rereading of the books and decided to read the latest one (Pretty Little Secrets, which takes place between books four and five) in between #4 and #5. As usually happens when a flashback installment is thought up and written later down the line, i expected some minor continuity glitches mostly in the form of interpersonal relationship dynamics but wow...there was hardly an attempt to make it work.
If i was Sara Shephard, the first thing i would have done is look back at book 5 and pay attention to the bits that talked about what the characters did in between the space of the last book and that one (basically Christmas vacation) and written the new stories based on those preset parameters but she didn't even really seem to try - so if you read PLS before the 5th book like i did this go-round, it gets real jarring when the references to Christmas vacation happen and they're in direct contradiction. Normally this wouldn't bother me so much but given this is the mystery genre where everything should fit like a jigsaw, i get very bothered by inconsistencies and makes me lose faith in any upcoming books by SS. I'm actually pretty thankful she's not involved with the writing of the show.
The first four books were pretty tight but once the book series got extended, the second (and probably the third) four-book arc gets really implausible (that the book's "new A" would have been able to not only do eveything on their own but also without being detected/noticed by others) - so now that the series has basically covered the #1-4 arc, i'm hoping they follow the book series much less from here on out.
Also been rewatching episodes during the break. The most interesting contrast between BookMona and ShowMona is that in the books she was blond so during the many times a PLL thinks they caught a glimpse of Ali-like blond hair, we can look back and know it was Mona. Yet on the show there was still that moment in the pilot where Spencer sees someone with long blond hair in the window of Ali's old/Maya's current house and i hope that still eventually gets explained. (Hey, we've never seen Maya's parents or non-existent-in-the-show brother so maybe one of her family members just have extravagant tastes in wearing wigs)
Even though it's never really implied in either the books or show, i'd bet any money that when Mona was shoplifting with Hanna, Mona had actually prepurchased the things she was supposedly "stealing" and had the receipts on her in case she got caught along with/instead of Hanna.
Speaking of the books, are there any good forums for them (a twop equivalent for book discussion?)
Edited by dw mckim, May 23, 2012 @ 9:58 PM.