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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Film and TV adaptations of beloved books are always a concern for fans. They’re exciting, sure, but given the fact that novels are a completely different storytelling medium, there’s a chance that the film or TV show will somehow miss the mark in a key way. 

But, of course, change is inevitable. If you aren’t optimizing the story for your medium, then what’s the point? That seems to be the perspective of The Witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, who hinted at a change in structure in the Netflix series compared to the novels. 

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“The books of Andrzej Sapkowski will always be there. The games too. So this show is the third version of this story. The goal, for me, was to recreate the soul of the books, to recreate these characters I felt in love with, while putting them in a new coherent structure, to build a story that makes sense. To create a work that brings something more…”

I personally love the approach. The goal is ultimately to recreate a feeling and soul, not a scene-by-scene re-creation of what came before. In my opinion, this would make a story that much more interesting, though I’m not really one to talk in this instance since I never read the novel source material.

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SOURCE: Premiere Magazine (via Reddit)

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.