Written by Lília
When I was 15 or 16-years-old, I got obsessed with The Lord of the Rings and its first film adaptation. It opened a world of fantasy books and films to me. Back then, having a fantasy book filmed was not as popular as it is nowadays.
Fast-forward several years – let’s not say how many – and fortunately, we now have many more books – or series of books – translated from the page to the screen.
The most popular might be Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher, which has a very convoluted evolution.
Originally published in Polish, it became a wider success when its stories were transformed into a computer game. The game became even more popular, and the books were translated into English, making it a great read for a larger audience of fantasy fans. When Netflix adapted the books, they were such an enormous success that it’s still a challenge for us to carry enough of them in our stores.
Great books, and a great series to boot, The Witcher is an example of a great adaptation.
One series I watched first and read later is Legend of the Seeker, based on Terry Goodkind’s books. It ran for only two seasons, both loosely based on Wizard’s First Rule and Stone of Tears, the first and second books in The Sword of Truth series.
Even though the TV series was fun to watch, the world-building in the books is a lot bigger and encompasses much more than the series could achieve. This is a great book series, worth reading.
Shadow and Bone, based on Leigh Bardugo’s books, is an amalgamation of two series of books set in the Grishaverse: the Shadow and Bone trilogy and the Six of Crows duology, which makes the series more dynamic for the silver screen.
Beautifully made, the series is a good rendition of the books. Of course, I consider the books to be better, but I am a little bit biased.