Netflix is officially making The Grisha Trilogy and Six of Crows into a show!
I’m sure you and I are feeling similarly: extreme excitement followed by a lot of doubts and instantly loosing all hope.
I’ve been seeing a lot of people saying that if they get this wrong it’ll ruin the series…and then listing everything they want from the show. Exact storylines, casting right out of your imagination and a million episodes.
I’ve also seen people who aren’t excited at all and keep telling everyone to tone it down – how could it be that good??
I take problems with both sides. Here’s why, and also how to have realistic expectations for SoC:
Consider the Genre
Contemporary adapts pretty well. The Hate U Give, Dumplin’, The Fault in Our Stars, etc. They’re standalones set in real life – it’s not hard to mess up.
But the minute an alternate world\magic is involved, it gets tricky. Fantasy usually means a long series with lots of world building and character arcs that definitely won’t fit in a two hour movie. It hardly ever turns out well.
A TV show gives it more space, but you still have to consider that the world probably won’t be exactly what’s in your head.
Casting directors don’t listen to anyone.
And honestly, casting people (who are usually models and not even actors) just sets yourself up for disappointment. They’re not going to look like the models in the character aesthetics or like fanart.
American movies have a tendency to pick people who look good vs. people who can actually act. I would much rather have a character who doesn’t look right but acts well then a perfect-looking actor whose skills are complete shit (*ahem* Maximum Ride)
The Author Doesn’t Know Anything
People still blame the author, or ask questions about why the adaption isn’t exactly right.
THE AUTHOR DOESN’T CONTRIBUTE ANYTHING
In a few rare cases an author will be involved. Leigh Bardugo is really involved in her adaptions. Maggie Stiefvater is writing the script for The Raven Boys show. But no author has control over everything. Leave them be.
The Book is Always The Book
I’ve seen plenty of people saying it would ruin the series if they don’t adapt it correctly.
.. I respect your opinion but you’re wrong.
You may be disappointed, but the story will always stay the same. Just because the adaption is shit (*ahem* Eragon) doesn’t mean that it’s canon. If you’re that disappointed than maybe it’s time for you to reread the series.
It’s Okay to Be Hopeful
Contradicting what I was saying above…sometimes it’s okay to be hopeful for something amazing. Lately the fandom and the people watching have been taking into slight consideration.
To quote some things that Leigh Bardguo has said about Six of Crows and Netflix (the main things that gave me hope for this series):
“Netflix is the perfect home for Ravka and Alina and Kaz and Nikolai. Fantasy is easy to get wrong. YA is easy to get wrong. I think they care about getting it right. We have a great team at Netflix and we couldn’t have asked for a more thoughtful writer at the helm. Eric and I have talked about the themes at the heart of all of the Grishaverse books, the characters we want to bring into play early, and how best to meld together the timelines of the various stories. This is why Netflix has taken on not just the Shadow and Bone trilogy, but the Six of Crows duology, and The Language of Thorns as well. And this also means some things are going to change in the way this big story gets told. I know some of you are worried about how this will play out, but we’re not just smashing together the timelines. This isn’t a perfect analog, but I’ve been thinking of Season 1 as getting Book One of Shadow and Bone and Book Zero of Six of Crows.
We also talked about how to bring more diversity into play early in the Shadow and Bone narrative. This is something the show can do better than I did. That means some of the characters aren’t going to look the way they were described on the page—and that’s the way it should be.”
What are you feelings on the Netflix adaption of The Grishaverse?