Meet Kyle "Krimson Rogue" Martin, a published author, super nerd, and all around admirer of the written word, who is consistently aggravated by Hollywood's constant inability to make a good Film of the Book. So to vent out his grievances he hosts the Video Review Show The Book Was Better, where he's fixing today's movies one book at a time.
His reviews also contain a running storyline in a similar vein to Atop the Fourth Wall.
In addition to his main review series Krimson Rogue also has a side series "Rogue Reviews" where he reviews a recently released film.
This web series provides examples of:
- Adaptation Decay: The most common criticism found in his reviews, with bad acting/casting in a close second, and stupid characters in third.
- Bait-and-Switch Comment: In his Whiteout review he states that in order to get himself out of his "there's no snow" funk, he decided to watch a film about Antarctica, adventure and snow, namely John Carpenter's The Thing.
- Berserk Button: Adaptation induced plot holes and changes from the source material for no reason will make him very angry.
- Disproportionate Retribution: In his review of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones he tries to escape after finding out who directed it only for his cat to lock him in his room for the transgression of its dinner being a few minutes late.
- Hollywood Evolution: Mocked in his review of TheRelic when the main character states the the monster hunting them was originally human we cut back to Rogue with a photoshopped image of Charles Darwin's gravestone with crying noises in the background.Rogue: Oh great, you made him cry!
- I Need a Freaking Drink: The numerous changes from the source material in the first Percy Jackson movie cause him to slowly drink himself half to death.Rogue: Alcohol makes it better, alcohol makes it all better.
- Magic A Is Magic A: He says that fantasy stories have to follow this trope to be good.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Done word for word in the Time Traveler's Wife review.
- Sanity Slippage: The prospect of reviewing Inkheart renders Rogue insane enough to shave his beard, he initially covers his face afterwards and at the end he even says he misses his beard. It's back in the following episode.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Raem completely shrugs off all of Rogue's attacks and nearly kills him. The only reason why he's ultimately defeated is because of his lack of immunity to swords. (It later turns out that this is because Rogue's other attacks were him trying to use magic outside his discipline, and he's unknowingly a natural sword-mage).
- Lies to Children: A lot of Rogue's early problems dealing with magic are revealed in the Da Vinci Code review to be due to the magic book he's studying from being a simplified version intended as a primer for children. His main mistake was thinking the list of specializations was comprehensive when it's actually just the most common ones, leading to frustration since his isn't on the list.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: You just had to play with those Lantern rings didn't you Rogue. Enjoy having a demonic Archenemy.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Raem, a demonic entity whose purpose seems to be to proliferate bad works of fiction, was sealed in six Lantern rings and accidentally unleashed when Rogue put them on. This also seems to result in the entity taking on Rogue's appearance.
- Shared Universe: Because of the cameos in his show, Krimson counts as being part of the Reviewaverse.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Kyle and G.C. They bicker constantly and G.C never misses an opportunity to mock Kyle. However, he is genuinely concerned for Kyle's safety and is even willing to go against a circle of mages in order to try and help him.
- World of Weirdness: The Reviewaverse. A universe where there would be magic and Lantern rings.