…but the TV adaptation is getting on my nerves now. More on that in a sec.
After hating The Magicians when I read it five years ago, I started watching the TV adaptation and decided to give the series another chance.
And I didn’t hate it.
In fact, I ended up enjoying it quite a bit.
The series gets progressively better after the first book, so much so that by the end of the series, I was sad that it was ending.
The characters finally grow up and toss off their “Oh woe is me, everything sucks, so I’m going to be a selfish asshole. Fuck your feelings. Did I mention that everything sucks and I hate my life?” attitudes. Thank the gods.
The story gets more interesting, too.
The TV series, though…
I mean, it’s not that I’m not liking it anymore, but I’m getting really annoyed with how far the storyline is straying from the books. Normally I’m a purist–if an adaptation doesn’t follow the books damned near religiously, I’m annoyed. Because I’m not super in love with this book series, though, I was able to let the changes slide at first. But now it’s getting ridiculous.
I get it. It’s a TV series. The writers are going to have to add/change things here and there to keep the show going where the books have a finite ending. But come on. Some of the changes have been huge and completely unnecessary. It’s not nearly as bad as the Under the Dome adaptation was (that was some horrible shit), but I’m finding myself sideye-ing the TV and muttering, “What the hell? THIS DOESN’T HAPPEN.” more and more lately. I’m surprised my husband hasn’t gotten annoyed with my frequent interjections. I’ll keep watching, though, and trying to separate the show from the books in my mind. If I hadn’t read the books, I’m sure I would be in love with the show at this point. I’d definitely recommend it to people who haven’t read the books.
And I’d recommend the books, too. If, like me, you read the first one and you’re not impressed, keep reading (assuming that you’re into this type of fantasy story). Give the second one a try and see what happens. The series gets much better as it goes on.