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Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’ to Premiere Fall 2019

The Witcher series may have gained an obnoxious amount of popularity due to the video game series; however, let’s not forget what those video games were based on. The Witcher was originally a series of fantasy novels and short stories by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, which have now been translated into English. Their stories revolve around Geralt of Rivia a “witcher,” or monster hunter with supernatural abilities. Like all well written and envisioned fantasy novels, The Witcher has blown up since the publication of Sword of Destiny (second chronologically, first in publication) in 1992.

 

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The story takes place on the Continent, which was settled by elves thousands of years before humans arrived. Upon arrival, the elves went to war against the native dwarves and won. Their domination only lasted until humans arrived. Humans waged war against everything, winning and becoming the dominant species. All iterations of this world have been praised for its subtle irony and humorous ties to contemporary culture. Much like George R.R. Martin’s often mentioned series A Song of Ice and Fire, the world of The Witcher is one painted in shades of grey; no character is ever morally in the right (arguably).  That being said, put this on your GoT bereavement list.

 

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The Witcher series has been adapted into the referenced video games (which I can only assume have been the cause of multiple breakups, a lack of social skills, and a perfectly acceptable amount of obesity), graphic novels and is now being made into a Netflix television series.  Henry Cavill, once the DC cinematic universe’s Superman (Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman, and Justice League), is now taking on the role of Geralt, who’s at least ten times cooler.

 

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A teaser trailer was released that is basically nothing—just Cavil walking up to the camera in character (a simple test shot real), so watch it if you wish to waste twenty-two seconds of your life. The series is being filmed in Bulgaria, a place where hopefully no fans with an abundance of free time and sponsorship from various pro-spoiler organizations go. As a result, underwhelming set photos like the one below have leaked.

 

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Freya Allan (Ciri), Anya Chalotra (Yennefer) are also set to star in the adaptation. According to an article on Variety‘s website, Netflix recently announced that the first season of the inevitably bingeable series will debut in fall of this year. Their chief content officer Ted Sarandos let this slip Wednesday during a call when he said we would see The Witcher during the fourth quarter of this year, between October and December.

 

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‘GoT’ Documentary Promises Legendary Final Season!

If there was ever a time to engage special features content, it would be now, with Game of Thrones’s final season.

HBO shared the latest behind-the-scenes documentary that accompanies each newly released episode. The short, “The Game Revealed: Winterfell,” carries a certain weight given that the series’ conclusion is fast approaching, as well as a sense of responsibility on the crew members’ shoulders to deliver.

 

 

It’s obvious that the show’s production is unrivalled and the crew makes every detail count, no matter how brief the scene or shot, and the beloved cast members are ready to give the final chapter their best.

The show has also reached a new tier of legendary, given George Lucas’s unexpected visit to the season premiere set. The Force is strong with the hit series.

As the show comes to its close there should be even more emotional behind-the-scenes content with each episode to come. There won’t be any loose ends and the conclusion will be sure to make television history.

 

 

 

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Gene Wolfe, Famed Author of Science Fiction, Dies at 87

Another sad passing in the world of literature. Gene Wolfe, a massively influential figure who was praised by famed authors such as George R.R. Martin, Ursula K. Le Guin and Neil Gaiman, has passed away. According to The Guardian Gene Wolfe died at the age of eighty-seven, leaving behind a famous body of work. His magnum opus is The Book of the New Sun which ranked only third in a fantasy magazine of the best fantasy novels, behind only The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Taking placing in an apocalyptic earth where mankind has regressed to a medieval era, the novels blended science fiction and fantasy to become something wholly unique.

 

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Wolfe’s passing was mourned by his longtime publisher, Tor, and numerous other authors in the industry. Tor said he was a ‘beloved icon’ and will be ‘dearly missed’ while leaving behind a body of work that will live on forever in SF fame. Neil Gaiman praised Wolfe’s work, saying he was possibly the finest American writer who ever lived. George R.R. Martin considers him the best the science fiction genre has produced, while Le Guin said he was ‘our Melville’. For his efforts, Gene Wolfe received the title of grand master of science fiction in 2012. Wolfe himself had earlier noted his early work out of college was terrible and he was living from paycheck to paycheck before he became famous.

Gene Wolfe leaves behind a legacy of his great work, as well as being hugely influential on the writer’s community around him, inspiring others to create worlds. We salute you, Wolfe, and will remember your work forever.

 

 

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5 Amazing Quotes from the ‘Game of Thrones’ Premiere

With the premiere of the final season of Game of Thrones comes increased drama, more fight sequences, and an all out battle for the Iron Throne. In addition, we get to add some hot new quotes to our list of favorites from the series.

 

1. “At least your balls won’t freeze off.” – Tyrion Lannister

 

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We can always trust everyone’s favorite dwarf to find the humor in a situation, and making fun of Lord Varys is his favorite past-time. As clever as Tyrion is, he has definitely graced the list of favorite quotes more than once. He makes us laugh, he gets us to wise up, and he even encourages our wine habits. I can’t wait to see what comes of his character this season, and he’s definitely off to a great start at the beginning of this episode.

 

2. “I’m waiting for an old friend.” – Bran Stark

 

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Bran Stark was clearly the queen of drama on last night’s episode. He was there watching whenever someone did anything, and the kid knows everything that has happened, is happening, and will happen. So when he’s waiting outside for someone’s appearance, we don’t question it. He is a little weird after gaining all of these abilities. But when Jamie Lannister walks into Winterfell it becomes clear just who Bran is looking for. The show comes to an end with the two in an epic stare down, and who are we kidding, Bran totally won.

 

3. “If you want a whore, buy one. If you want a queen, earn her.” – Cersei Lannister

 

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As much as we all hate her as a queen, we have to admit when Cersei is the queen. After delivering his fleets that Cersei paid for, he is more preoccupied with getting into her pants than actually winning a battle. It is almost as if neither of these two realize just how desperate the situation is to win the war against the dead. Cersei, however, is not amused by Euron’s attempts and shuts him down real quick. Well, until she gives in and takes him to bed anyway.

 

4. “Have you ever used it?” “Once or twice.” – Jon Snow/Arya Stark

 

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Over the last seven seasons, we have watched Arya use the sword Jon gave her, Needle, to take down anyone who has stood in her way on the road back home to Winterfell. She even manages to get revenge on the whole Frey family using the skills she learned in Braavos from the Faceless Man. I’m not sure if it’s false modesty on how bad ass she is or if she is trying to stay as innocent as possible in big brother’s eyes. (We know he’s not her brother, but she doesn’t know that yet.)

 

5. “You gave up your crown to save your people. Would she do the same?” – Samwell Tarly

 

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With the big reveal to Jon Snow about his true lineage, this was the question on everyone’s mind. It’s been clear since Jon made the decision to join the Night’s Watch that he had no desire to hold titles or crowns, but how does knowing his lineage change that? He was named Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch just two seasons before being named King of the North. As a bastard, this is as far-fetched a dream as being brought back to life from the dead. Well, he did that, too. Why is this quote so pivotal though? It proves just how much Sam doesn’t trust Daenerys as his queen. It will be super interesting to see how this changes the dynamic of Jon and Dany’s relationship, but I am much more eager to see how this changes Jon’s desires.

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"The Bone Season" and Samantha Shannon

Will “The Bone Season” Be Television’s Next Big Hit?

UK producers Harriet Hammond and Daz Spencer Lovesey have acquired the rights to Samantha Shannon’s young adult novel The Bone Season which they plan to adapt for television.

 

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Named the first book in NBC’s Today show’s monthly book club, the novel was published on August 20, 2013 by Bloomsbury Publishing. Set in 2059, the book follows Paige Majoney, nineteen, who is a dreamwalker, better known as a clairvoyant, and who lives in a dystopian world where she commits treason simply by breathing.

It’s a dystopian novel with a supernatural twist. I’m in. But wait! There’s more!

Samantha Shannon? She was only twenty-one, TWENTY-ONE, when the book was published. She’s living the dream, and that was before Harriet Hammond and Daz Spencer Lovesey of Bad Penny Productions, who’ve been involved in such films as the still in production Waiting For Anya (based on Michael Morpurgo’s book of the same name) and Mad To Be Normal nabbed the rights to her book.

It hasn’t been an easy road getting there, though. Previously, the rights were owned by Andy Serkis’s Imaginarium Studios having “struck a deal with 20th Century Fox to develop the project back in 2013” but, according to Screen Daily, that only “recently expired”.

Harriet Hammond and Daz Spencer Lovesey are now going to make this book into a television series. The Book Seller wrote that, “[t]he first series will be comprised of eight episodes, with further series to follow. The deal for television rights was brokered by Kirsty McLachlan at DGA Associates”.

 

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Shannon herself recently said that:

“Once a book is out in the world, it’s essentially set in stone, but adapting The Bone Season for TV will allow me to explore the world of Scion in even more depth and consider the story from new angles. I’m looking forward to the journey.”

I’m looking forward to that journey too.

But there’s one thing to keep in mind. Today noted that Bone Season is only the first episode in a seven-book deal with Bloomsbury. The second novel, The Mime Order, was released January 27th 2015. The third novel, The Song Rising, was released March 7th, 2017. The fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh novels remain unpublished.

 

The 3 books published in Samantha Shannon's series

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I don’t know about you, but I’m getting flashbacks.

 

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But I can’t quite place them.

 

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Oh well!

 

 

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