While season 2 of the Netflix series The Witcher fast approaching (end of 2021), eShe might be faced with a major problem that could put off more than one.
The Witcher, from books to series, including video games
For those who don’t know it yet, The Witcher was born from a Polish literary series ofheroic fantasy written by Andrzej Sapkowski and published between 1986 and 2013. The Adventures of the Witcher Geralt of Rivia today consist of fifteen short stories and six novels.
In 2007, CD Projekt decided to adapt Sapkowski’s witcher into a video game with The Witcher 1, then respectively in 2011 and 2015 with The Witcher 2 : Assassins of Kings and The Witcher 3 : Wild Hunt. The latter was a resounding success with the players since the total sales of the title since its launch exceed the 30 million copies. Even today, sales are on the rise thanks to portages, and should continue through the Complete Edition, due for release this year on PS5 and Xbox Series X | S.
But we know that Geralt de Riv has also made his foray into the serial format, with the production by Netflix of season 1 of The Witcher in December 2019. A first blow of the blade which led to a great success for the series Fantasy with a total of 541 million hours viewed during the first 28 days of its release on the platform. Which makes it the fourth most viewed series according to this ranking.
A big difference?
Still, the Netflix series could run into a major issue regarding its second season, as well as its sequel. Indeed, the show is closer to the writings of Sapkowski than to the games developed by CD Projekt Red, and it is this bias that could fail him, because books are not well enough known to the general public, unlike the CD Projekt franchise.
These have been translated into 37 million languages and have sold over 15 million copies worldwide. But they are generally considered to be some kind of niche franchise in the United States, although sales have since increased thanks to the television series. Indeed, fans were much more exposed to video games, and in particular to the third installment, in which the character of Ciri is integrated. Fun fact, even Henry Cavill did not know that there were books before he met the showrunners of the series.
The two Ciri
Because yes, there are major differences between writing and video games. “The story of The Witcher games is ours, it takes place after the books“, announced Iwinski, boss of CD Projekt Red. The most important concerns the character of Characteristic, central element of the series and the latest video game. In the game, the young messiah is fearless, courageous, (overly) confident and teasing. She constantly goes forward and stops at nothing, to the point of regularly putting herself in danger.
In the books, however, young Ciri is rather secretive and intimidated.. Although she feels within her a sleepy power that could change the world, unlike the Ciri of video games, she is much more timid. And this is what we notice since the first season of the Netflix series: a Ciri that looks a lot like Sapkowski’s. It is this detail that could confuse video game fans. Thereby, these could develop an erroneous interpretation of Ciri, and thus see themselves frustrated by their more withdrawn character. For the continuation of the adventures of Geralt of Rivia, it is a completely foreign Ciri which will be presented to the fans of the works of CD Projekt Red.
It will undoubtedly be necessary that the latter gradually familiarize themselves in the future with the direction showrunneuse Lauren Schmidt Hissrich wants to take, under penalty of being frankly disappointed.
Source: Hitek : actualité geek et tests high tech by hitek.fr.
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