Calling all Grisha and stabby babies!
Who’s ready for another discussion post?! The day has come. GrishaVerse is hitting the small screen! And all the Grisha fans let out a collective scream around the world. I clearly heard it. And I couldn’t stop myself from doing the same. Having Nikolai and Kaz sharing the same screen is almost too hard to fathom.
Now, I could rave about this news. And a part of me would like someone, preferably one of my bestie bloggers, to sedate me until we see the cast. I don’t know how I can handle the wait. Can you? I doubt anyone can.
But one little negative thought wiggled in my giddiness: the dreaded “what if the Netflix screws this adaptation up?!” feeling. Yes, I’m stirring the pot. But I’m generally curious to see how people feel about movie adaptations, particularly this one. So should we freak out and be the happy book lovers who’ve been waiting years for this chance? Or are we setting ourselves up for possible disappointment?
With Adaptations, Either We Accept There’ll Be Changes, or We Don’t
As fans, we don’t have much say in the matter. We can complain all we want. But Leigh and her publisher have sold the rights, which are now owned by the movie production company. Sometimes though, negative backlash has made companies backtrack on their cast selections. Just look at what happened with the reboot of Hellboy.
Perhaps We Expect Too Much and Demand Even More
I’ll admit this now: I am one salty bitch. So I bloody hope Eric Heisserer, writer of the Bird Box, and Shawn Levy, executive producer of Stranger Things, will honour the source material. However, Leigh has somewhat calmed my nerves since she has stated she has all the faith in these two. But time will tell though. Should we have high expectations since Netflix is taking the helm? I hope so.
Sometimes What We Imagine Isn’t What We’ll Receive
With the upcoming adaptation of ACOTAR, I doubt the producers will find the right actor to play Rhysand. And I wonder the same about Kaz, Nikolai, and the Darkling. These three characters—frankly all, if not most, of the characters—are pivotal to the series. And several current (and past) adaptations, particularly Shadowhunters, have disappointed followers. Many followers of the TV show Outlander aren’t happy over the change in characters, scenes, and the overall feel of it. You should read some of the comments watchers leave on the Outlander Facebook page.
Even Though We Are the Target Audience, We Should Embrace Changes
Don’t kill me, but some differences from the source material are needed. Directors and writers can add more depth to a scene, bring more characters to the forefront, and explore over avenues the author(s) may not have had the time to. So maybe we should give Netflix some wiggle room. It has adapted best-watched shows. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, The Punisher, and 13 Reasons Why are in its roster.