Netflix’s The Witcher, starring Henry Cavill, might not be as good as the Novels, and the Showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich isn’t afraid to accept the fact, instead, she has explained the reason.
The Witcher, which stars Henry Cavill in the lead role of Witcher, is on the path of being the next Game of Thrones for Netflix. Aside from the fantasy world, magical creatures, exotic locations, and being set in different timelines, the one main similarity between HBO’s Game of Thrones and Netflix’s The Witcher is the fact that both are based on the best fantasy Novels of the time.
- Hissrich accepts Netflix’s Henry Cavill starring The Witcher isn’t as good as Novels.
- Lauren S. Hissrich explains why The Witcher isn’t a 1:1 adaptation of books.
- We need writers who are not “Too Close” – explains Hissrich.
As Game of Thrones was based on George RR Martin’s book series “The Song of Ice and Fire”, The Witcher is based on Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski’s book series named “The Witcher”.
However, among all these hunky-dory facts, one another cruel similarity (for those who are aware of GOT’s Season 8 blunder) is the fact that both the shows deviate a lot from the original books.
Yes, we all know that just like all the other TV adaptations of great books, The Witcher is also not as good as the Novels.
Hissrich accepts Netflix’s Henry Cavill starring The Witcher isn’t as good as Novels.
There’s no hiding from this fact for Showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich. In fact, in her recent tweets, Hissrish accepted that Netflix The Witcher, which stars Henry Cavill in the role of Geralt of Rivia, isn’t a 1:1 adaptation of the novel it is based on.
In a Tweet thread recently, she tried explaining why the show isn’t an exact adaptation of the novel, and why it was better not to stick to the source material.
Lauren S. Hissrich explains why The Witcher isn’t a 1:1 adaptation of books.
In reply to a fan’s tweet, who replied to one of Hissrich’s tweet, which was already a reply to another tweet (that’s going the Inception way), Hissrich explained the reason behind the deviation from the source material.
A fan asked Hissrich through a Tweet “How about, the best writers (those most familiar with the world) get the job, and don’t focus on diversity? I know it’s a controversial thought.”
To this, Hissrich replied “I believe I’ve covered in detail why diverse voices are important in tv. But there’s another part of this tweet that is worth discussing: when writing an adaptation, are the best writers always the ones most familiar with the world?”
However, the showrunner of Henry Cavill starring Netflix The Witcher, Hissrich, didn’t stop there, she took it on herself to explain why it is important to not copy Novels and to hire the writers who are not “too close” to the Novels.
We need writers who are not “Too Close” – explains Hissrich.
In the same thread, the Showrunner went on explaining why the writers who are familiar with the books are important, but at the same time, the ones who can question it are also important.
She said that, though all the writers had to go through all the books, she didn’t feel the need to hire ten Sapkowski scholars for that. She said it’s more important to get the writers who can question the books and find the answers to give the best to the TV audience.
Though most of the fans agreed with her justification behind the need to keep the show different from the Novels, some tweeted that they just wished it could have been the same.
Netflix’s The Witcher, starring Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, and Anya Chalotra, debuted with its first season of Eight Episodes on 20th December 2019. Though Season 2 was supposed to premiere in early 2021, the recent halt on the production of all the shows has delayed the plans. Netflix has recently announced they will be resuming The Witcher’s shoot in August.