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Tango0117 May 2017 2:18 p.m. PST

"If you're familiar with Witcher, it likely comes from an awareness of the video game. And you may, like me, not have realized that the game is actually based on a fantasy book series by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. Sapkowski eight novels and story collections focus on, of course, "witchers," who are imbued with supernatural abilities as young folk, and later must use those powers to battle deadly monsters. Both the book and the RPG focus on the protagonist Geralt, the "White Wolf," and his saga in defeating dark creatures. But the game has also been praised for not just being a sword-and-board slasher, which is one reason why it's gained such immense popularity.

There are, presumably, quite a few differences between the books and the game, though it seems clear that the new series will be focused on the former: "I'm thrilled that Netflix will be doing an adaptation of my stories, staying true to the source material and the themes that I have spent over thirty years writing," said Sapkowski in a press release. "I'm excited about our efforts together, as well as the team assembled to shepherd these characters to life."
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clibinarium17 May 2017 4:18 p.m. PST

This has the potential to be really great, if done justice. I've only played III but enjoyed it a lot. A fairly unforgiving universe with lots of morally grey threads.

This will be the second adaptation; there's a Polish one from the early 2000s I think.

45thdiv Inactive Member18 May 2017 7:56 a.m. PST

I was looking for a book to read on holiday, and found the first book in the series in a bookstore in the Miami airport. It was a very clumsy, scattered thought story. The character was interesting, but the author glossed over a lot of stuff. I have played the games and enjoy them. I just have a hard time believing that the first book is what got people wanting to make games and movies about it. Maybe the next book is better organized.

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clibinarium18 May 2017 9:03 a.m. PST

Interestingly Sapkowski has nothing to do with the games. He sold the rights to CD Projekt Red to use his universe as they saw fit. Not thinking the first game would bring in any profits he opted for a lump sum and now gets no royalties.
So perhaps the games and the books have completely different stories; I've read none of the books.
CD Projekt Red have stated they aren't going to be involved with the TV series.

doug redshirt19 May 2017 6:19 a.m. PST

The first book may not have been the first book. When they started translating into English, they didn't go in order. So you have characters that were introduced in the original first book, so who they are is already explained but if you didn't read the original first book it is a bit confusing.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP29 Jun 2017 4:37 a.m. PST

The first book is a collection of short stories where a few have a very limited connection. I loved that one.
The second book is a proper novel. I haven't gotten to the 3rd book (2nd novel) as far as I know the games are set after the novel trilogy. I liked the games. My favourite is the second game. The 3rd one was just to much of every thing. After some 20 hours I started to skip much of the dialogue.

Barin130 Jun 2017 2:23 a.m. PST

I've enjoyed the books. Got the games from Steam at sale, but haven't played.
There's a potential of making a good film, or they can make an awful crap like "Shannara Chronicles".
BTW, if you can find another series – I guess they should be called "Joker's Tower" or something similar, it is also very good. More historical than Witcher, but still with mystic and fantasy element.

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