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Hello!  I've been looking for discussion on The Expanse, and I'm so glad to find this community.  I was wondering about people's opinions on book v. show Amos--I have some vague thoughts about his portrayal, but I'm not sure they're coherent yet, so any perspectives would be really helpful.  Spoilers, obviously, may occur in comments.

Date: 2017-05-10 04:04 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] devilc
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I like the changes that have been made for show Amos -- they make sense for the different medium.

The fact that Wes Chatham has read the books shows, too.

Date: 2017-05-10 07:07 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] mific
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You can do a lot more in a book in terms of backstory, so we see more of Amos's past there. I think it makes him seem tougher in the show version, where they're all a bit more caricatured and extreme. I like him in both, but overall I prefer the book version I think. I haven't read the novellas and short stories yet though, and have also only seen S1 of the show so far.

SPOILERS (I forget what episode)

Date: 2017-05-10 01:13 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] colls
colls: (EXP Naomi)
I read the first two books before the show came out, book 3 between seasons 1 & 2 and 'The Churn' somewhere around the beginning of season 2.

My opinion of Amos changed significantly when I read 'The Churn', but the show could've also influenced some things there.

Prior to the show, I pictured Amos much older than the actor portraying him. He seemed more seasoned and .... IDK, war-weary? I also didn't picture him as particularly attractive for some reason.

On the show, they really highlight his lack of moral compass. For example, that scene where the doctors are explaining the brain alterations done to some of the scientists and you can tell Amos was interested and wondering if HE had something wrong there. "How do you fix it?" -- he looked almost excited and scared in that split second where he had a sliver of hope of being "fixed". *sigh. Poor Amos.

Anyway, in the books I didn't find that very well defined until 'The Churn' and now am wondering if it's something I missed while reading the first books.

ETA: mine aren't very coherent yet either, but I find this all very interesting :)
Edited Date: 2017-05-10 01:14 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-05-11 12:12 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] slybrarian
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I think that like many characters, Amos is benefiting a lot from the fact that they have six books to work with from the start, as well as the fact that we're not stuck to a strictly limited number of viewpoints. The Amos we're seeing on the show is much more the Amos of the later books, particularly "Nemesis Games", than the limited secondary character of the first few books. Honestly in the first book, he and Alex both were fairly two-dimensional. The writing and characterization has improved greatly. Wes Chatham's acting also helps get a lot of the more subtle stuff across.

Date: 2017-05-13 06:16 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] tinny
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I haven't read the books, but I always thought he was supposed to be less attractive than he is on the show? Dunno why, actually, I think I saw some book-based fanart?

(Non-helpful comment is not helpful. Oops.)


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