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Sons of Liberty

It's been a while since my last post.  I took two classes this summer, and I didn't really have a lot of time to read anything other than class assignments, especially after the second class started.  I've been reading the same book since May and have picked that one back up after the end of the second class.  So there will be a review for that one eventually.

I recently watched History channel's mini-series, Sons of Liberty (for which I've now typed 'Sons of Library' twice).  Prior to Sons of Liberty I watched the movie Seventh Son, which stars Ben Barnes (of Prince Caspian in The Chronicles of Narnia fame) as the apprentice and seventh son of a seventh son of the title.  Ben Barnes also stars in this mini-series as Sam Adams.   Anyway some people watch this mini-series and are all 'so many errors--it's so bad.'  People.  I realize History channel didn't advertise this fact (it sounds like they buried it a little bit), but it's a mini-series--it is not a documentary.  It is a highly fictionalized account of the events and tensions centered in Boston, Massachusetts, in the ten years that led to the colonies in America declaring their independence from the British.  The majority of the action is centered in Boston--in fact, when the Continental Congress finally does meet in Philadelphia most of the other delegates are pretty much like, 'too bad so sad' but ya'll brought this on yourselves so you're on your own.  The mini-series highly dramatizes the events, tensions, characters' relationships and roles and plays fast and loose with a lot of the facts, and if you go into the series knowing this, you will enjoy it.  The three episodes are jam packed with plot and cover a lot of ground in not a lot of time.  Check back in the coming weeks for my reviews and thoughts on each episode!  And if you've seen the mini-series, leave a comment and let me know what you thought!

Comments

Carmen said…
I haven't watched this miniseries, but I watched John Adams, produced by HBO, with the same topic and it was outstanding, and I didn't hear any criticism regarding the miniseries.
Ms. Angie said…
Some people did compare SoL to John Adams, and they said JA was better. To me I can get past the historical inaccuracies because I knew it was a fictional tv show going in and that it wasn't a documentary. And I think from the start the producers behind SoL set up make something that was more akin to the "spirit of revolution" or whatever as opposed to a historically accurate docu-drama. I haven't watched JA; since I watched this mini-series I've been thinking I should try JA, but I haven't gotten around to that yet.

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