This literally happened just half an hour ago (as I’m typing, though this will be scheduled for the morning) and I need to type because I have so many conflicting thoughts and they’re overwhelming me.
It’s been announced the Throne of Glass will have a TV show. Not just optioned for one. THERE WILL BE ONE.
Before I go further, click here to see the article explaining, if you haven’t seen it already.
And thus, let my incoherent psychobabble of thoughts begin…
First of all, I’m so pleased for Sarah J Maas. She’s one of my all-time favourite authors, and her having so much success is just so heartwarming to see.
And then the completely devoted fangirl side of me sets in, running rampage through my mind with SO MANY FEARS. Because we bookworms don’t tend to have a good time with adaptations, do we?
So here’s what I’m scared of.
I have adored the Throne of Glass series for years now. And most of that is because when it comes to books, I’ve hardly read any that are as detailed and cleverly thought out as this one. There’s so many little connections that just make my fangirl heart sing. So many intricate and cunning plans carried out. And I just think…how on earth can all that be packed into a TV show? Surely some of it will have to be cut out – but I don’t want ANY of this story missing!
The thing with adaptations is that it’s just that: and adaptation. It can be changed. The fact that they’ve called the TV show “Queen of Shadows” instead of Throne of Glass just shows that they’re considering changes already. Granted, (as people have pointed out to me) this could be because they don’t want to be associated with Game of Thrones, accused of copying or using the word “throne” to subconsciously drive GoT fans towards it. Which is a VERY good point, and I do hope that’s the reason.
But changes can and probably will happen. And I’m not OK with that.
And then there’s the casting. It has to be perfect. And that’s a very hard thing to live up to. With the amount of detail and personality thrown into these characters, we don’t need actors who can play the role. We need them to BE the characters.
And I swear, any whitewashing (especially with Nehemia) and I’m out.
Adaptations have not gone well in the past. And for some reason, TV shows seem to end up being cringey. I can’t handle cringe. Please don’t let this happen to my beloved series. Please don’t turn it into a show full of boy drama and awful special effects.
I haven’t heard of the channel/network/thing that’s hosting it. So I don’t have much to say on that aspect. Other than I hope your special effects in the fantasy department are a lot like HBO’s for Game of Thrones because you gotta lot of fantasy to deal with.
But after all that worry is out…here I am. The optimistic side of me is back, ladies and gentlemen.
Because if it all works out, it’ll be so great to see a TV show for it. To get excited about each new episode, new season. To see the cast. It’ll encourage more people to read the books. That’s always a good thing, right?
And think of it this way – the Harry Potter films had things changed. I still love them. Many people do. Sure, it would be nice if they weren’t skipped over, but that’s what makes the books worth reading to fans of the show.
The fact that it’s a TV SHOW rather than a film is a thumbs up. There will be so much more time to get all the smaller details of the plot in, to explain things thoroughly. We’ll get to see more. It won’t be confined to a 2 hour stint.
Bonus: Having a TV show means we’re more likely to get pop vinyls/funko pops of the characters. (You can see where my priorities lie in this argument 😆 )
So like I said. Lots of conflicting feelings.
I’m both a natural worrier and optimist. Those two things don’t get along well, as you can probably imagine.
I just feel like I needed to get that all out on paper – or rather, screen. I had a bit of a rant/thread on twitter but it’s hard to confine so many thoughts to a series of 140 character tweets. And let’s face it, I’ve not blogged about any bookish news in a while now, so it was about time.
Share your thoughts!
What do you think of the TV show? How did you react to the news?
Are you excited? Nervous? Apprehensive? Optimistic? Hopeful?
Do you have any particular hopes? Things you’d definitely like to see?
Will you be watching the TV show?
Let me know in the comments!
Until next time…
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