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The preview for episode 6 (to be aired 2/17/14) has Elena returning to Toronto for Philip's sister's wedding. In the book, that doesn't happen. The preview also shows that Daniel Santos crashes the wedding to offer Elena a deal. That doesn't happen in the book either.
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The character of TV Clay is also problematic. He looks wolfy enough for the part (although Novel Clay is blond), but he doesn't have the smoldering just-below-the-surface rage that drives Novel Clay in every aspect of his life. In the book, Elena describes Clay like this: "For Clay, instinct ruled. He'd learned tricks he could employ if he had advance notice…But without such warning his temper took over and he'd explode, sometimes endangering the pack. No matter how smart he was—his IQ was once measured at 160—he couldn't control his instincts." TV Clay comes across belligerent and moody, but he doesn't radiate rage like Novel Clay. For Novel Clay, that always-simmering inner rage is the key element of his personality—the thing that drives him to make a life-long series of wrong decisions that have had (and continue to have) disastrous consequences for himself and for his werewolf family.
Also missing from the show is the constant physical contact among the Stonehaven pack members. In the novel, they touch each other constantly as a means of showing familial affection.
One last difference of some importance is that the TV show doesn't provide enough exposition. We don't learn much about Clay's feral childhood in the Louisiana swamps—which shaped him into the troubled misfit that he is today. "He'd been living in the swamps and tenements, eking out an existence killing rats and dogs and children. At such an early age his Changes were uncontrollable and he vacillated continually between forms, reason having almost given way to madness….Jeremy had brought the boy home and tried to civilize him…" We also don't learn many details of Elena's troubled childhood in a series of foster homes and the abuse that she suffered—which made her into the assertive and aggressive person she is now. "By the age of seven Clay was a full werewolf with an inherent capacity for violence and a temper to match. By the same age my foster families had taught me how to hate, developing my own capacity for violence, though I'd been better at hiding it..." We don't learn anything at all about Jeremy, the pack leader who holds the group together. As far as I can recall, the TV show doesn't mention that he is a renowned artist. (I might be wrong on that, but if it was mentioned, it was just in passing.) Elena describes Jeremy as having "more talents than any person I knew….He could speak and translate in over a dozen languages, he could splint a broken bone so it healed as good as new, he could paint scenes I couldn't even imagine, and he could stop a two-hundred-pound charging wolf with a look."