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#1 4 weeks ago

Not seen it yet but it seems to be being compared unfavourably to Game of Thrones.

Worth my time?


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#2 4 weeks ago

It's not Game of Thrones, and it's not trying to be. They're different kinds of stories.

The Geralt part of the series primarily aligns with events in The Last Wish, which is a series of short stories about Geralt's monster-hunting adventures, and that runs alongside some Yennefer and Cirri-related bits which are told alongside it. In that regard, I think they'd have done better to devote a lot more time to the Geralt part of things and bring the other characters in later.

Is it worth your time? I don't know. I'd be at least a little hesitant to recommend it to someone who didn't already like the source material. At the same time, I think given the constraints of trying to tie together a bunch of events that are spread out over a significant amount of time they did pretty well interpreting it.

I will say, at least compared with the book that most of Geralt's stuff in the show is clearly based off, I feel they lost a great deal of the mystery. Like, the world of The Witcher in the books felt, to me, a place of great uncertainty. Creatures and events that weren't well understood. The moments in the show that I felt resonated really well were those moments when it came closest to that and the moments when it felt a bit... flat... were the ones where that uncertainty wasn't present or where characters were given much weaker motivations than in the book. There's a particular moment I'm reminded of, and it shows up in - if memory serves - the first or second episode of the show, hopefully not saying too much by way of spoilers, with an incredibly cold-blooded character. In the books it was quite apparent that this character was much much surer of themselves and their motivations than they come across in the show.


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#3 4 weeks ago

Never read the books, I only played the second and third game, but liked those a lot, so I kind of hope for the series to be appealing to fans of the games. Most likely that is setting yourself up for disappointment, I don't know any video game that translated well to a movie or series.






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#4 4 weeks ago

It doesn't translate poorly in that sense. Like, there are things that are never going to translate that live in a video-game mechanic format, (e.g. the responsiveness of combat mechanics, building a character, choice, etc,) but if you wanted to compare it to other video-game -> movie translations I don't think I've seen a better one. It has a somewhat similar feel to me.


That said, if you haven't read The Last Wish, Fancypants, you might want to (at least, if you enjoy fantasy short stories. If not, then you're not missing anything of relevance to your likely interests ^_^.) it's definitely the easiest of The Witcher books to get into because its format is all short episodic stories from Gerralt's history.




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#5 3 weeks ago

I'll add it to the long list of books I have to read. Maybe I'll sneak it in after finishing the Hyperion series (which is pretty good so far and happens to start with a collection of short stories of sorts as well).


So many good books, so little time.




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#6 3 weeks ago

I couldn't get into The Witcher games for whatever reason...don't get me wrong, they were good, just never stuck with me. That said, my girlfriend did love the game, and devoured them once I tossed it aside. I mentioned the novels I'd read about in this thread earlier today and she's now has 39 pages left in The Last Wish. So thanks for that!




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#7 3 weeks ago

I enjoyed the series, as Nem says it's not Game of Thrones nor does it even try to be. The timeline stuff got a bit messy but once your head is around is you're golden.


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