I loved the TV series. The first season was just outstanding. So I went back to read the novel. What I really liked about the TV show was Elena's strength and Laura Vandervoort's cool, badass portrayal of her character. However, this aspect of Elena's persona only shows up at the end of Kelley Armstrong's novel, with Elena's decision to rescue her kidnapped Clay. Up till then Elena had been a big disappointment; too mushy, romantic and anti-feminist. The scripting of the TV series was a re-imagining. It took what was little better than a harlequin romance and turned it into an intriguing adventure. Minor characters and plot lines from the novel got much better treatment on screen. The main focal point of the book, the interplay between Elena and Clay; those long-winded descriptions of salacious sex, seemed targeted more towards female readers. The TV series, on the other hand, was a balance of many other elements (Pack Law, Jeremy's leadership, Logan's girlfriend's pregnancy, the relationship between Stonehaven and the townspeople, etc.) and succeeds in appealing to a much broader audience.