The book was better.
We bibliophiles use that cliché with as much regularity as IT professionals say, “Restart your computer first.” And, of course when it comes to popular entertainment, it’s often true. Case in point: The Hobbit.
But is it always true?
I ask because our TV pick this month is Disney+’s The Mysterious Benedict Society, based on a quartet of children’s books of the same name by Trenton Lee Stewart. Our reviewer Lauren Cook was intimately familiar with the books as well. And while she won’t definitively say which she enjoyed more, Lauren was impressed how much the show reflected the books’ characters—and character.
That character, by the way, includes plenty of great lessons related to honesty, kindness and humility—underrated values today. And while the show isn’t perfect (read our full review for more), it’s certainly the cream of this month’s television crop.