The Witcher author counterattacks the race reviews of the Netflix series


Netflix The Wizard He quickly managed to get attention after its release in December, and as we have learned, political evaluations and cultural analysis are an inevitable and immediate consequence when an IP receives too much attention.

In fact, the first season of the live action adaptation of The Wizard The saga of the Polish writer, Andrej Sapkowski, has so far received universal praise from the general audience, although there are still some who criticize the program for being too confusing or deviating from the original material. One of those deviations is the change of race of several characters of the novels.

That is, many people wonder why some Nilfgaardians or northerners are interpreted by black people in the program. In addition, some particular characters that play an important role in the narrative also change. For example, the Zerrikan assassins in the sixth episode, "Rare species", are interpreted by people of color, while in the books they are blond. Some fans even criticize the series for representing a black Elf!

Well, if this strange problem has also given you sleepless nights, the author himself addresses the criticisms in a new interview defending Netflix's creative freedom.

"As far as I remember, skin color is not discussed in detail in my books," Sapkowski said. “So that adapters can freely show their trade. They made my blond Zerrikanians dark-haired in the comic because the artist had his artistic freedom. "

Sapkowski also used the transmission giant Troy: fall of a city as an example, where Achilles was played by a black actor. He added:

"The series seems to question this" as we know "and suggests Nubian interference. And this is what could have happened too, after all."

The writer emphasized that his work is neither a medieval saga nor a Slavic history, despite the fact that certain names of characters and places have a Slavic atmosphere, reiterating that The Wizard It is a "classical and canonical fantasy."

What do you think of the author's new comments? Should these little inconsistencies be important at the end of the day? Let us know in the comments below.


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