Category: Adaptations

Kristofer Hivju Says an Alternate ‘GoT’ Ending Exists

According to CNN, Kristofer Hivju claims that an alternate ending to the legendary, infamous, and notorious series finale of Game of Thrones exists.

“We shot an alternative ending,” the Hivju said at the British Film Institute in London. “That was mostly for fun, but I don’t know if I’m allowed to tell you about that.”

 

 

Like legions of fans, Hivju explains that he was surprised by how the series ended.

“The funny thing is after Season 7, I had my theories, fans had theirs’, everybody, the cast had their theories, so there were thousands of theories,” he continued. “To choose one path would be difficult to say but there were many things I didn’t see coming; there was the element of surprise, which I liked.”

An HBO representative was contacted about the claim, but suggested Hivju might have been joking.

Either way, fans may never find the closure they’re looking for. #ReleasetheSnydercut. I mean GOTcut…

 

 

Featured Image via CNN

 


Bookstr is community supported. If you enjoy Bookstr’s articles, quizzes, graphics and videos, please donate and help Bookstr to keep supporting the book loving community.




 

‘A Christmas Carol’ Is Now on Broadway!

Following a trend of Christmas themed ventures arriving on Broadway for the end of the year festivities, a new version of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, opened on Broadway at the Lyceum Theater on November 20 and will run through January 5, 2020.

 

 

The constant reproductions of this timeless tale might appear stale at this point, but with such a treasured story, it can’t hurt to take another shot at the bah humbug star we all love to hate. Traditions like this one hold the holiday season dear and promise stability and ritual in such a confusing and stressful time of year.

 

Image result for a christmas carol broadway

Image via Broadway Direct

 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child playwright, Jack Thorne leads the production after a run in London at the Old Vic Theatre. A star studded cast promises a magical experience. Campbell Scott will play Ebenezer Scrooge, two-time Tony Winner Andrea Martin is the ghost of Christmas past and Tony-winner LaChanze is the ghost of Christmas Present.

 

 

The new re-imagining also includes twelve Christmas carols to satisfy the musical aspect of the adaptation and spread more Christmas cheer throughout the two-hour show.

 

Image result for a christmas carol broadway

Image via Time Out

 

The Daily Beast calls A Christmas Carol, “the gift we need right now.” With our current political climate, it may be a good idea to escape inside the magical world of Dickens for at least one night, but it won’t be cheap. Festive Broadway shows are a great way to celebrate the season in a theatrical way, but it’ll definitely cost you. For best availability and prices, buy tickets in advance and soak in the holiday spirit as best as you can to distract from the annoyances of daily life.

 

Featured Image via Playbill 

 


Bookstr is community supported. If you enjoy Bookstr’s articles, quizzes, graphics and videos, please donate and help Bookstr to keep supporting the book loving community.




 

Amazon’s ‘Daisy Jones and the Six’ Found Its Star

Riley Keough, has signed on to star in the new Amazon series, Daisy Jones and the Six, based on the novel of the same name by Taylor Jenkins Reid. She will be portraying fictional singer Daisy Jones.

 

Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel by [Reid, Taylor Jenkins]

Image via Amazon

 

 

The novel chronicles the fictional lives of musicians in a seventies band. The story is told in an interview style with the musicians in the present, talking about their past experiences being a band, and all the good and bad that went along with it. Keough, played a similar role back in 2010, when she was in the movie The Runaways, a movie based on an all female band in the seventies. Back in 2017 she was even nominated for her role in the first season of The Girlfriend Experience, on Starz. She even made an appearance on the CW show Riverdale.  

 

Image result for Niki Caro

Image via Thewrap

 

Director of the upcoming live action Disney’s Mulan, Nikki Caro is set to executive produce and direct multiple episodes. Her first television directing job was for the Netflix show, Anne with an E. Daisy Jones will be her second, but she has directed other movies besides the upcoming Disney release, such as The Zookeepers Wife, North Country, and Whale Rider. 

 

 

Reese Witherspoon’s production company, Hello Sunshine, is set to produce the series, along with author, Taylor Jenkins Reid.

 

Featured Image via Variety

 

 


Bookstr is community supported. If you enjoy Bookstr’s articles, quizzes, graphics and videos, please donate and help Bookstr to keep supporting the book loving community.




 

Private School Problems: ‘Riverdale’ Recap

So I know I have been complaining about the lack of ensemble scenes we have gotten so far in this season of Riverdale. This has been rectified slightly…even if it is not in the way that I would have wanted. We have a wonderful Thanksgiving night dinner at Pop’s featuring all of the parents (except Molly Ringwald because she is busy saving Archie’s life- more on that later). We get a lot of Falice (FP and Alice) content in this episode, which I am not mad at except that it could possibly hinder Jughead and Betty’s relationships, which is not ideal. In another amazing moment, FP almost murders Hiram with a broken bottle after Hiram ordered FP to close down Archie’s community center. Oh yeah, Hiram is the mayor now. That happened fast. The only resolution from this little parent soiree was FP realizing that he can be both a gang leader and the sheriff of a town. The best of both worlds, if you will. 

 

 

While their parents were getting it on, ironically so were their children. Betty visits Jughead at Stonewall Prep making for some much deserved Bughead content. They plan to spend the weekend doing what they do best—kissing and solving murders. Jughead wonders whether Mr. Chipping actually killed himself or was coerced to do so by an outside force. He finds evidence of Mr. DuPont and Mr. Chipping belonging to the same secret society. As with most secret societies, secrets are shared and could potentially be used as blackmail. In Jughead’s mind, this could lead to DuPont blackmailing Chipping enough to cause him to commit suicide. 

 

Image result for riverdale season 4 episode 7

Image via TVLine

 

While the two sleuth around the supposedly empty school, someone approaches Jughead in a bunny mask holding an axe, and because Betty and Jughead are seasoned in serial killers dressed in strange costumes, Betty does the rational thing and hits the bunny with a gold club. It turns out to be Brett and Donna (shocking, I know) and Jughead becomes determined to find out if they had anything to do with Mr. Chipping’s murder suicide. Jughead notices a suicide note fall out of Brett’s pocket, but he brushes it off as some kind of “secret assignment.” The gang plays never have I ever as a way to find some answers. All we learn is that Betty is a badass and we are reminded of that legendary scene where Betty and Veronica kiss. Betty has to sneak around Donna’s room to find any clues and ends up finding Mr. Chipping’s pin. In a frenzy of emotion, Donna reveals that she was having an affair with the teacher, so that complicates things.

This saga ends with Donna telling the headmaster that Mr. Chipping had pressured and harassed her and his guilty conscience led to his death. Oh, and someone places a camera in Betty and Jughead’s room as they get it on during the night. Contrary to popular belief, I had nothing to do with this, but it does make me nervous about the prospect of a sex tape plot because I am not sure I can handle that.

 

Image result for riverdale season 4 episode 7

Image via Den of Geek

 

After Dodger’s near death incident, his family start to target Archie and show up to the community center on Thanksgiving night to wreak havoc. And wreak havoc they do. They pull a gun on him and all the kids gathered there for a free, hot meal. Luckily, Molly Ringwald saves the day (as always) and surprisingly, Veronica helps. The group copes with their first Thanksgiving without Fred and honors him with a plague on the community center walls, which Archie refuses to shut down for good reasons. 

 

 

After murdering her girlfriend’s uncle, Toni and Cheryl have to devise a plan to stop their lurking Aunt Cricket from finding out the truth while they dispose of the body. To do this, they tell the legend of cannibalism in the Blossom family at the Thanksgiving table and insinuate that they too participate in the ritual, claiming the meat pies they serve are garnished with Uncle Bedford’s insides. It succeeds in freaking out her family members, who should be familiar with the strangeness of the Blossoms by now. Either way, the girls complete their mission and can spend a relaxing weekend at home. For now at least. 

 

Image result for riverdale season 4 episode 7

Image via TV Fanatic

 

Of course, the last thirty seconds of this episode shows all the characters together—something I have been wishing for all along. It is also our only glimpse at Kevin for the whole episode, which is sinful. I would guess that Jughead’s teacher drama has not reached its climax yet, but any excuse for Betty and Jughead to work together is good with me. No ominous Jughead death scene this time around, which may be a good sign. Next week promises all of the characters talking to a therapist—something very, very long overdue. Hopefully, after that we can get some wholesome senior year normal student content. It’s a long shot, I know. 

No Riverdale next week means a much needed breather from the chaos and some time to develop theories and escape from the confusion and stress that this show causes.

 

Featured Image via TVLine


Bookstr is community supported. If you enjoy Bookstr’s articles, quizzes, graphics and videos, please donate and help Bookstr to keep supporting the book loving community.




5 Reasons You Should Read the ‘Witcher’ Books Before the Show Drops

This highly anticipated Netflix series has been a hot topic in recent months. Whether that anticipation comes from the series being lauded as “The next Game of Thrones by critics, or because it is being met with frustration due to the apparent differences between the television series and the video games, both the Netflix adaptation and the games are the result of Andrzej Sapkowski’s highly acclaimed eight-book series.

The series follows the adventures of Geralt of Rivia, a man who was subjected to various mutations as a child and, because of this, he can fight creatures that normal humans wouldn’t stand a chance against. Through the Law of Surprise, Geralt adopts his ward Ciri, a young princess with prolific powers. While Geralt is content to remain neutral in the face of great political upheaval, he must become a part of that conflict to see that order is restored to the world.

In the past, the books were adapted into a 90s Polish film and television series that were not met with favorable reviews, so this most recent series not only has the video game fans to contend with, but it also has the previous series’ shortcomings added on for increased pressure.

So why not sit down to watch this series with an idea of what to expect?

 

 

1. The netflix series is an adaptation of the book series

What some game fans don’t realize is that the games take place after the book series. While some of the events, like the Battle of Sodden, are mentioned in the games, you don’t really get a feel for what happened if you haven’t read the books. Triss’s account of what took place at that one battle in Blood of Elves is positively gut-wrenching. The books also help you have a deeper understanding of the turmoil that exists between and in countries like Temeria, Novigrad, and Cintra.

Though there will likely be homages sprinkled throughout the series for the video game fans (I personally hope so), the Netflix series is, at its core, an adaptation of the books. If you’re anything like me, you probably like to read the stories before sitting down to watch the movie or show. Not to say that I’m that one friend who sits there and says “Well, they changed that from the books,” but I most definitely am.

The fact that the Netflix series is a book adaptation does seem to be throwing a few fans for a loop, as Yennefer’s appearance is never remarked upon in the game series, so it has become the cause of some confusion. The books, on the other hand, does explain why Yennefer looks this way.

 

Image via Glamour Fame

 

Regardless, if a person watches the series having already read the books, they’ll probably have a better idea of why certain decisions were made by the team that created this series.

 

2. This series does resemble ‘a game of thrones’ in style and tone

 

Going off of what critics have said, yes, the Witcher does possess certain qualities that were prized in George R.R. Martin’s series A Song of Ice and Fire. There are multiple points of view to follow, so when you need a breather from following Geralt around in the narrative, you can read Ciri’s point of view. The same grittiness and violence that you observed in Martin’s work is also present in Sapkowski’s books. The looming threat of war is also present in the Witcher books as well, and you get to witness how it all begins and how it all falls apart (I would suggest starting with Blood of Elves if the movers and shakers facilitating a war behind the scenes interests you).

 

 

3. the political situation in the world is a lot easier to follow

image via pinterest

 

Although the television series hasn’t dropped, one of the faults in the game series was that the political stage of the Witcher universe was very hard to follow and often unclear. Which makes sense, because the political situation was dense and complicated and, if not given the space and breadth to be explained, it definitely felt like walking into an exam unprepared. However, a game has the ability to explore a world in a much more in-depth way than a television series can, so this is a concern that does hold water.

An example of this would be the Scoia’tael, a group of predominantly elvish rebels who regularly commit acts of violence against humans. While the game briefly touches upon their motives and what they ultimately wish to accomplish, it only provides a glimpse at the problem. The books, however, go into great detail about the political and social climate that the non-human races endure, and so the motives of these characters become a lot more transparent.

As mentioned previously, the turmoil between and in countries like Novigrad, Temeria, and Cintra is also expanded upon in the books. If anything, the books go to great lengths to ensure that the readers understands exactly why the royalty and the sorcerer’s lodge commit the acts that they do. So if there is any possibility that the television series will struggle along the same vein as the video games, the books will do an excellent job filling in the blanks.

 

4. We still don’t know how faithful the adaptation will be

For all we know, the Netflix series may remain extremely faithful to Sapkowski’s literary vision, but the fact remains that this is still an adaptation. One of the big reasons that I go into most movie premiers having already read the book is because I want to judge the adaptation by the creative decisions that were made. I want to know what the book was like, and then I want to see what changes were made. Were those changes justified? Why? Do I (gasp) like the movie more than I like the story it was based off of? Or do I feel like adding in something else from the book might have helped? Ultimately, did the adaptation bring something new and interesting to the table?

I intend to watch this series with my hopes high, because I think that Sapkowski’s original books already presented a creative vision with an impressive breadth and magnitude to it, and I think that this adaptation has the potential to do the same. Hopefully this adaptation will provide enough steam for more fantasy books to be made into movies and television series.

 

 

5. The books are really interesting

At the end of the day, you should read a book because it intrigues you—and the Witcher books do exactly that. The references to Slavic folklore, the sword fights, and Geralt and Yennefer acting as parents to Ciri are elements that pulled me into the story and kept me reading. These books have multiple layers of political intrigue, interpersonal relationships, mythology, and did I mention sword fighting? The books, like a lot of fantasy literature, are also able to provide a social commentary through the interactions displayed between the inhabitants of the world.

If you would like to dip your toes into the Witcher universe and give it a shot, I would suggest starting with The Last Wisha short story collection that reveals how Geralt got the nickname ‘The Butcher of Blaviken,’ and how he and Yennefer first met.

 

Featured image via Cnn

 

Bookstr is community supported. If you enjoy Bookstr’s articles, quizzes, graphics and videos, please donate and help Bookstr to keep supporting the book loving community.

 


Bookstr is community supported. If you enjoy Bookstr’s articles, quizzes, graphics and videos, please donate and help Bookstr to keep supporting the book loving community.