I don’t know how the revival series is going to go on Hulu but as far as this Veronica Mars fan is concerned, Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham could’ve kept pushing these books out and I would have been content.
Much like the other one, this takes place immediately following the events of the movie and feels oh-so-much like an extended episode of Veronica Mars. There are fewer auxiliary characters than usual; this is mostly just Veronica and her dad, with Mac, Weevil and Logan on the edges, but I think that works better to streamline the story.
(TW: mention of rape)
My big beef with the television show is how it handled rape. It retconned part of the story to fit Veronica’s rape into a timeline and the rape subplot of season 3…well the less said the better. I admire the show’s willingness to address the difficult subject. It’s not bad at it but I think it’s good intent is often misguided.
I lift it up because rape is a big subplot here and I think for the most part, Thomas and Graham handle it well. I have my quibbles but overall, I think they did right by the characters.
If you’re a Veronica Mars fan, you gotta read these two books. They hit ever beat you’d want them to and I’m glad they exist. As for the show itself: well, there was a lot of product placement in this book, including (coincidentally!) Hulu. I’m guessing that’s residual as part of the agreement to fund the film. I’m torn because the trailer looks familiar and yet, given these books, I’m not sure how much more I need of an audio-visual version of the story. So I guess we’ll see.