Since The witcher debuted on Netflix in late 2019, fans of Andrzej Sapkowki’s books have had different opinions about the quality of the adaptation. Those dissatisfied with the show tend to object to the deviations from the source material. Of course, this has probably left some fans wondering what Sapkowki is thinking! Sapkowski was asked just that during his speech at the Taipei International Book Exhibition, and the author gave a terse but telling answer: “I’ve seen better. I’ve seen worse.” It’s not exactly a resounding endorsement, but Sapkowski doesn’t seem to see it as badly as previous adaptations of his books!
Sapkowski’s quote and an image from the Taipei International Book Exhibition were shared on Twitter by @Kathleenmms321 and can be found in the Tweet below.
At the Taipei International Book Exhibition today, Andrzej Sapkowski (author of The Witcher) shared his thoughts on the Netflix adaptation of his novels. He said, “I’ve seen better. I’ve seen worse.” pic.twitter.com/DOkN40HogJ
— Kay (@Kathleenmms321) February 1, 2023
When Sapkowski says he’s seen worse, he’s not just using an old cliché; the author has been quite blunt about previous adaptations of The witcherwho often expressed frustration with projects such as the 2001 live-action film The hexer, and the television series that followed. If Sapkowski viewed Netflix’s adaptation as bad, he probably wouldn’t have a problem conveying just that. So while it doesn’t seem like Sapkowski is a huge fan of the Netflix show, he doesn’t seem to view it with the same disdain as the last one.
The witcher fans have had a rough few months! Late last year, Netflix revealed that season 3 will be the last for series star Henry Cavill. In Season 4, the role of Geralt of Rivia is played by Liam Hemsworth. No reason has been given for Cavill’s departure, but the actor’s passion for Sapkowski’s novels and frustration with the show’s deviations have been pretty public. Many have speculated that it ended up being too much for Cavill, though it looks like Season 3 will be a lot more faithful. Hopefully Cavill’s final season will be enjoyable for viewers, including Sapkowski!
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