TMP Television Edition: Book Adaptations

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
For the final post of each month, we talk about TV shows instead of films. So, today we’re going to tackle some book to TV series adaptations!

#1 Nos4a2

I don’t know why it took me so long to finally read this book. I’ve known Joe Hill’s stuff for a while and liked everything else that I’ve picked up. Well, this year I finally read Nos4a2, so I also checked out the show after that. I loved the novel, but the show, well, not so much.

#2 Wheel of Time

I’m still in the process of reading all these books (there are sooooo many!) but I finished the first one and watched the adaptation earlier this year. I had so much to say about it, that I even did two posts just comparing the two. 🙈

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Book vs. TV Show: The Witcher (Season 2)

Hello, guys!
I binge-read all the Witcher books right after season 1 came out. You can imagine how sad I was that season 2 was delayed. Well, it’s finally here, so time to compare it to the novels!

The Plot for Blood of Elves (as found on Goodreads):

For over a century, humans, dwarves, gnomes, and elves have lived together in relative peace. But times have changed, the uneasy peace is over, and now the races are fighting once again. The only good elf, it seems, is a dead elf.

Geralt of Rivia, the cunning assassin known as The Witcher, has been waiting for the birth of a prophesied child. This child has the power to change the world – for good, or for evil.

As the threat of war hangs over the land and the child is hunted for her extraordinary powers, it will become Geralt’s responsibility to protect them all – and the Witcher never accepts defeat.

Book vs. TV Show:

Guys. Guys. GUYS. I hope you were just as excited as I was when the second Witcher season finally dropped. I know the first season wasn’t without its flaws but I had a great time watching it, so – of course – I binged the second one the day it came out.

What I can say right off the bat, I know many people had *a lot* of issues with this season, but I enjoyed it. Sure, I bitched about a bunch of stuff while watching it, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t like it. We started off with an adaptation of one of the short stories. Since in the book Ciri wasn’t in that, they had to rewrite it a bit but overall this was amazing. The acting was great, the CGI on point. Two thumbs for that. We certainly were off to a great start. Not just in terms of the show but just in terms of book-to-screen adaptations in general, this was really well done!

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The Lady of the Lake by Andrzej Sapkowski (Witcher #7)

Hey guys!
We are as good as done with the Witcher books. Lady of the Lake is the end of the original series, the only book we still need to tackle after this post is Season of Storms, a prequel.

The Plot (according to Goodreads):

After walking through the portal in the Tower of Swallows while narrowly escaping death, Ciri finds herself in a completely different world… an Elven world. She is trapped with no way out. Time does not seem to exist and there are no obvious borders or portals to cross back into her home world.

But this is Ciri, the child of prophecy, and she will not be defeated. She knows she must escape to finally rejoin the Witcher, Geralt, and his companions – and also to try to conquer her worst nightmare. Leo Bonhart, the man who chased, wounded and tortured Ciri, is still on her trail. And the world is still at war.

The Rating:

Oh boy, I have a lot to say about this one and there will be spoilers a plenty.
So much stuff went down in The Lady of the Lake and a good portion of it was either annoying or rather fucked up.

My feelings are VERY mixed about this novel. some bits I really liked, others made me want to throw my e-reader against the wall.

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The Tower of the Swallow by Andrzej Sapkowski (Witcher #6)

Hello, my lovely readers!
We slowly drawing closer to the end of the Witcher series by Sapkowski. After the previous novel was rather irritating, let’s see if The Tower of the Swallow is able to reel me back in!

The Plot (according to Goodreads):

The world has fallen into war. Ciri, the child of prophecy, has vanished. Hunted by friends and foes alike, she has taken on the guise of a petty bandit and lives free for the first time in her life. But the net around her is closing. Geralt, the Witcher, has assembled a group of allies determined to rescue her. Both sides of the war have sent brutal mercenaries to hunt her down. Her crimes have made her famous. There is only one place left to run. The tower of the swallow is waiting…

The Rating:

YES! Sapkowski did it. This novel is wonderfully exciting and finally stuff is happening.

First of all, I like how he presents the story to us. Ciri is talking to an old hermit recounting what happened to her. So, we get bits of her (kind of) being stuck with him interspersed with her story. It’s nice!

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Baptism of Fire by Andrzej Sapkowski (Witcher #5)

Hey guys!
Welcome to another Witcher book! We’ve now made it to the fifth novel in Sapkowski’s oeuvre, so let’s get started, shall we?

The Plot (according to Goodreads):

The Wizards Guild has been shattered by a coup and, in the uproar, Geralt was seriously injured. The Witcher is supposed to be a guardian of the innocent, a protector of those in need, a defender against powerful and dangerous monsters that prey on men in dark times.

But now that dark times have fallen upon the world, Geralt is helpless until he has recovered from his injuries.

While war rages across all of the lands, the future of magic is under threat and those sorcerers who survive are determined to protect it. It’s an impossible situation in which to find one girl – Ciri, the heiress to the throne of Cintra, has vanished – until a rumor places her in the Niflgaard court, preparing to marry the Emperor.

Injured or not, Geralt has a rescue mission on his hands.

The Rating:

This was … long. Or at least it felt that way. There wasn’t that much in this book that actually propelled the story forward, it’s more of an entire novel telling you about the characters (while still somehow managing not to give them all that much depth or reason).

It’s actually a pretty cool book, but I just really wanted to know more about the story and kept getting more and more irritated when it became clear this wouldn’t be happening in Baptism of Fire.

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The Time of Contempt by Andrzej Sapkowski (Witcher #4)

Hello, my lovely readers!
Another day, another Witcher novel. With The Time of Contempt, we already made it halfway through Sapkowski’s series. My feelings on the previous books were a bit mixed, so let’s see how this one turned out to be!

The Plot (according to Goodreads):

Geralt the Witcher has fought monsters and demons across the land, but even he may not be prepared for what is happening to his world. The kings and armies are manoeuvring for position, each fearing invasion from across the river, each fearing their neighbours more. Intrigue, dissent and rebellion are on all sides. The Elves and other non-humans are still suffering under decades of repression, and growing numbers join the commando units hidden deep in the forest, striking at will and then dissolving into the trees. The Magicians are fighting amongst themselves, some in the pay of the kings, some sympathetic to the elves. And against this backdrop of fear and contempt Geralt and his lover Yennefer must protect Ciri, orphaned heir and sought by all sides. For the prophecy rests on her, and whether she lives or dies she has the power to save the world – or perhaps end it.

The Rating:

We’re finally getting somewhere. With The Time of Contempt, I’m seeing light at the end of the tunnel (and I really hope it’s not a train).

The previous book felt like an overlong prologue and I was a bit afraid that this one would evoke the same sentiment but now Sapkowski picks up the pace and you can see the story coming together.

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