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Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

A Magicians Fan’s Guide to Watching The Magicians

They’re showing the first episode of The Magicians tonight — it’s at 10pm on Syfy — and I thought I should post something ahead of time to kind of ease you through the transition. Because some things in the show are Not The Same.

For example: the characters are a few years older than in the books – they’re entering graduate school rather than college. Also in the books we don’t learn about Julia’s life and her world until the second book, but in the show she’s a major character from the start. And Janet’s name is Margo. Penny is way more badass than Penny in the books. Also there’s an extra Physical Kid whose name is Kady.

Some things from the books don’t happen, some things happen differently, and other things happen that are nowhere in the books. When you see this stuff you may find asking, why, great triple-horned god, why?

The answer to all of this is basically, because of TV. It’s a different medium, and you tell stories differently there. Not everything translates directly.

That may sound a little glib. And believe me, there were a few changes that I got hung up on along the way (I didn’t write a word of the show, but I saw and weighed in on each script, and on rough cuts of the episodes). But you know what? After a while I got over it. The people who made it are mega-fans of the books, and whatever changes they made, they did it to get as much as they could of the feel and spirit of the books on screen. They are in very, very good faith.

I’m a huge fan of the show. I get psyched every time they send me a new episode to watch. It’s dark, it’s smart, it’s weird, and it’s very funny. It’s cool to see the magic on screen. The actors are acting their hearts out.

So give it a shot. There’s really nothing else like it on TV. I’ll be watching too.

p.s. Many people have asked if the episode tonight will be online somewhere. As far as I can tell it will not, so if you don’t have cable you’re out of luck. Come to think of it I don’t have cable. Fortunately I have a copy of the show, so I’ll watch along anyway.


120 comments on “A Magicians Fan’s Guide to Watching The Magicians

  1. […] Back in December, before Syfy aired a sneak peek at The Magicians — its highly-anticipated adaptation of Lev Grossman’s beloved, bestselling book series, frequently described as “Harry Potter for grown-ups” — Grossman himself wrote a blog post entitled “A Magicians fan’s guide to watching The Magicians.” […]

  2. […] Back in December, before Syfy aired a sneak peek at The Magicians — its highly-anticipated adaptation of Lev Grossman’s beloved, bestselling book series, frequently described as “Harry Potter for grown-ups” — Grossman himself wrote a blog post entitled “A Magicians fan’s guide to watching The Magicians.” […]

  3. […] Back in December, before Syfy aired a sneak peek at The Magicians — its highly-anticipated adaptation of Lev Grossman’s beloved, bestselling book series, frequently described as “Harry Potter for grown-ups” — Grossman himself wrote a blog post entitled “A Magicians fan’s guide to watching The Magicians.” […]

  4. […] Back in December, before Syfy aired a sneak peek at The Magicians — its highly-anticipated adaptation of Lev Grossman’s beloved, bestselling book series, frequently described as “Harry Potter for grown-ups” — Grossman himself wrote a blog post entitled “A Magicians fan’s guide to watching The Magicians.” […]

  5. […] Back in December, before Syfy aired a sneak peek at The Magicians — its highly-anticipated adaptation of Lev Grossman’s beloved, bestselling book series, frequently described as “Harry Potter for grown-ups” — Grossman himself wrote a blog post entitled “A Magicians fan’s guide to watching The Magicians.” […]

  6. […] Back in December, before Syfy aired a sneak peek at The Magicians — its highly-anticipated adaptation of Lev Grossman’s beloved, bestselling book series, frequently described as “Harry Potter for grown-ups” — Grossman himself wrote a blog post entitled “A Magicians fan’s guide to watching The Magicians.” […]

  7. […] Back in December, before Syfy aired a sneak peek at The Magicians — its highly-anticipated adaptation of Lev Grossman’s beloved, bestselling book series, frequently described as “Harry Potter for grown-ups” — Grossman himself wrote a blog post entitled “A Magicians fan’s guide to watching The Magicians.” […]

  8. […] Back in December, before Syfy aired a sneak peek at The Magicians — its highly-anticipated adaptation of Lev Grossman’s beloved, bestselling book series, frequently described as “Harry Potter for grown-ups” — Grossman himself wrote a blog post entitled “A Magicians fan’s guide to watching The Magicians.” […]

  9. […] Back in December, before Syfy aired a sneak peek at The Magicians — its highly-anticipated adaptation of Lev Grossman’s beloved, bestselling book series, frequently described as “Harry Potter for grown-ups” — Grossman himself wrote a blog post entitled “A Magicians fan’s guide to watching The Magicians.” […]

  10. […] Back in December, before Syfy aired a sneak peek at The Magicians — its highly-anticipated adaptation of Lev Grossman’s beloved, bestselling book series, frequently described as “Harry Potter for grown-ups” — Grossman himself wrote a blog post entitled “A Magicians fan’s guide to watching The Magicians.” […]

  11. […] Back in December, before Syfy aired a sneak peek at The Magicians — its highly-anticipated adaptation of Lev Grossman’s beloved, bestselling book series, frequently described as “Harry Potter for grown-ups” — Grossman himself wrote a blog post entitled “A Magicians fan’s guide to watching The Magicians.” […]

  12. Rebekah says:

    Wow. That first episode was abysmal.

  13. Geo says:

    Really, just kept the basic premise and a few names…..disappointing , the books were very good. The show tonight was terrible, what a waste.

  14. Ashgrove says:

    I see the show being a success with people who haven’t read the books. Some changes I understand. But I’m not particularly fan of others –i.e., the Fillory dreams, and the tired trope of the Chosen Ones.
    And, while I applaud the fact that the casting is a lot more “colorful” than the books (which were lily-white to a fault, probably my only beef with them, particularly coming from a Brooklynite), why oh why they had to perpetuate the Black Dude Dies First Trope. (Having only seen the first episode online, I just learned that Fogg didn’t die, so I’ll demote this to Black Dude Gets Chewed On First.)
    I personally adore the books, Mr. Grossman (“love” is too weak a word, yet “adore” sounds so mundane and effete. Oh, well), so any critique is meant in good faith. Being gay, I love what you did with Elliot. And, for some reason, I particularly like Janet, who grows and matures and shows a lot of depth, yet never stops being a royal bitch.

  15. Mark says:

    I think the actor for Elliot is brilliant, and I like Quentin and Julia a lot too. I understand that certain changes probably had to be made for tv (even though that is such a vague thing; what does that really mean?). The main thing which bothers me is the “chosen one” element that’s been added. One of the reasons I think the books are so great is because they avoid tropes like that. As a matter of fact, I interpret that the books exist in order avoid tropes like. But all in all I still enjoyed the first two episodes.

  16. S. Bloes says:

    Awfully sorry but…not clever as is Mr. Grossman, looks rather like a community college campus with a lot of generic looking “characters” meant to appeal to the broadest audience. Waste of time really. Did Mr. Grossman need the money that badly? One wonders what it could have been if his wit and imagination had been allowed to survive. Well, I don’t suppose that anyone that matters will read this but one can hope.

  17. Adam says:

    Why, Lev??! Why?

    I can’t express how much I enjoyed your books and how much I absolutely detested the first episode of the show. One of the worst adaptations I’ve ever seen. And given SyFy, and given how difficult I think it would be to really nail the books, my expectations were already very low.

    I’m sad. Still have massive respect for you, though. I blame the TV people. Spend the money on research for your next killer trilogy. Thanks.

  18. D. Meyer says:

    I’ve watched the first two episodes and I like it. I agree that books and TV are two different mediums that can call for different ways of telling stories. I am up for changes if it still makes for a good show. I believe it does, in this case. I am frustrated by people who insist on exact interpretations of the written word. You can maintain the spirit of a story without being faithful to its origins.

  19. Blake Fraina says:

    Started to watch Ep 2 but couldn’t do it. Bailed after ten minutes.

    But I do get it now. The reason the cast looks like they came from Pretty Little Liars or The O.C. [or whatever lame TV show…fill in the blank] is because television is the “cool kids” table in the cafeteria.

    So even though the novels were populated by a bunch of well-defined and unique characters – books are nothing more than the nerds table.

    The folks who make television shows can’t imagine that a broad audience would want to spend any time at the nerds table with a bunch of losers [like me or Lev Grossman, for that matter] so they had to turn all the characters into soulless, cardboard fashion models in trendy clothing.

    Ironic, this being the SyFy network. You’d think it would be a safe haven for geeks, nerds and outcasts.

  20. James says:

    Episode 3

    3 months? For someone who whines constantly about getting kicked out of Brakebills, Quentin sure has broken every major rule the school has. 1 death, 3 near deaths, and battle magic in anger. In 3 months. Singing Taylor Swift songs in his head? Reset the watch and restart this series on another network.

    Julia is compelling, but she should just have walked away from her old life and went homeless. That would show her independence and create the huge gap that is her and Quentin. She’s turning out to be a good actress and a good catch for this show.

  21. Ashley says:

    I have to chime in as well here, I’m so sorry for what happened to these beautiful books.

    Why, SyFy, why?

    And seriously – where is Josh? I’m so confused with the changes they’ve made and where they are going to take this…

    As a superfan, I will keep watching to the bitter end, but I’m so sorry Mr. Grossman!

  22. […] mentioned on your blog that some characters are a little more intense in the show than they were in the books, […]

  23. David says:

    Interesting article. I am having the opposite reaction. The more I watch the more disenchanted I get. The short story arcs of the episodes are highly disruptive to character development. At this point , there is nothing numinous about the place and nothing to really like about the characters. It just seems like a cheesy soap opera. Inspired, wonderful books; disappointing show.

  24. […] Author himself put together a handy guide for those who’ve read the book and want to sink their teeth into the new format. Despite being a […]

  25. […] rapidement: The Magicians. J’ai déjà dit combien j’aimais le roman de Lev Grossman. L’auteur lui-même avait prévenu que l’adaptation comportait des changements, qu’il n’avait pas […]

  26. Derrick says:

    The TV show is complete absolute garbage. After 4 episodes I’m done. I was willing to overlook the character differences and plot adjustments in the first three episodes, but episode four was the last straw. The obvious pandering to the “modern woman” is typical Hollywood bullshit. Alice is the only character they got right really. Her and maybe Jane Chatwin. Totally fucked up Penny. Julia is a dumb bitch in the show and the “hedge” as it is in the show is garbage. The first novel was about Brakebills you stupid fucks! Julia wasn’t even in most of the book = dumb.

    I can’t see how people who make this show can say they are fans of the books and keep a straight face. In short it is a disgrace for the TV show to share the same title as the books. So much potential. Screw you SyFy

  27. Tudza White says:

    Uh, yeah. I was on board until episode 4. Now the train has left the station, gone off the rails, and fallen into the valley below.

    At the end of the line, nobody gives a damn.

  28. Rex says:

    Holy cow, people. Let’s take a deep breath and enjoy the show for what it has to offer, as opposed to what it changed. I love the books for their fluid style and mesmerizing language, which fits perfectly with a Potter-Narnia crossover that transforms into SO MUCH MORE by the conclusion of the trilogy.

    If the show does not get the “creepy Narnia” part of the books right, I will not be amused, but so far, so chilling. The Beast and Fogg’s (surprising) showdown; the unsettling dream visits to Fillory; and the spooky “missing children” documentary in Episode 2 are setting this part of the book up very nicely, in my opinion.

    I am shocked to see people complaining about the “feminist” angle, as they perceive it, and Julia’s expanded role (unless these are the same misogynists who cry about the new Ghostbusters team – Guys, as a dude, I’m telling you that we need to respect the ladies). I think the Julia hedge story is something that the show is getting right. While it doesn’t necessarily improve upon the books, it adds an extra dimension. I always wanted to know more about Julia in the first book and how she became the bad-ass hedge witch we see in “The Magician King” (if you’ve read the second book, you’ll know that the show creators are not just pulling this backstory out of their nether regions).

    While I do not pretend to speak for Mr. Grossman, I believe the first book works well by staying at Brakebills because it expedites the story and keeps the reader focused on one place and one protagonist. Successful film and television drama does not work that way. It makes more sense to keep Julia in the audience’s mind so they are not slapped across the face by the way she suddenly flies back into action (I hope this is vague enough for new audience members – readers, you know what I’m talking about). Does anyone think Peter Jackson should have shot the last two parts of “The Lord of the Rings” in the chronological order that Tolkien wrote the chapters?

    Also, the creators are bringing in some great new touches to the Fillory books. The Madness Maker was a nice nod to Lewis Carroll fans (at least, his fixation on games led me to believe so).

    I will continue to appreciate “The Magicians” in two flavors, thank you very much. For those of you who only like vanilla and your books exactly like your film, you’re welcome to change the channel and watch Chris Columbus’s “Sorcerer’s Stone.”

  29. Michael Richard says:

    Enjoying the show. How many magic stories are depicted for the small screen? Pretty rare. Nice to see this make it to production.

    One of the better SYFy shows which generally are not that great. Anxious to see where it all leads. I am not wedded to the books in this case as I think that loosely following the story works in this medium. Good cast, granular production, adult themed, it’s all good.

  30. Where is Josh says:

    Honestly, there is no “Fan’s Guide” to watching this show because this show isn’t even remotely what the fans wanted or deserved. HUGE portions of the story from the books were either completely rewritten or removed in their entirety.

    As the author of this series, Lev Grossman should have and most likely did know better. I’m not the type of person to normally call someone a sellout, but in this case that’s exactly what Lev Grossman did. He should be ashamed of himself for allowing Syfy to make the amount of changes that they have.

  31. Anne says:

    For the Narnia-obsessed, the trilogy offers another way to (not) get there but it is for this and other reasons I have read and re-read the Magician trilogy and for the same reasons I am loving the Syfy adaptations of the stories, however different or the same.

    I always wonder about names. Why, e.g., Welters? It seems there is a very old Aboriginal/ First Nations game called Waltes which was played at gatherings of different groups. The game, before European contact and conversion, was used for divination. It later became a game of chance but was still disliked by the Jesuit priests:

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/programs/centralmorning/ancient-board-game-subject-of-study-1.3455476

  32. Danny says:

    A bit disappointed with the lack of Josh. He wasn’t the most important character, of course, but I feel he balanced the dynamic of the group. I hope they find a way to integrate him later on in the show.

    As for my thoughts on the show so far. I think the casting was done very well, especially for Quentin, Fogg, and Eliot. That being said, the script does not really let the actors portray the characters Lev created in the novels. Not a big fan of the expedited plot, but I do get that it needed to be done, in some form or another for this medium (Obviously we can’t have 10 episodes of Quentin and company dickin’ around with etudes and countless hours of studying.)

    I’ll hold out until the season ends to decide if it’s worth continuing. I trust Lev enough not to let the show go to complete shit.

  33. Hana says:

    “The Trials”….?

    I liked the fox scene much better as a way for Q & A to get together.

  34. Blake Fraina says:

    It’s from the film, The Big Picture (with Kevin Bacon), and the clip is entitled “Compromise.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8SReW3J0To

    It’s eleven minutes long, but I think it’s relevant here.

  35. Porter says:

    I’m really enjoying the Syfy series. It probably helps that it’s been a couple of years since I read the series, so I don’t notice the differences as much.

  36. Brian Laws says:

    I have no problem with things being changed from the book. I have huge problems with bad writing, bad editing, bad casting, and bad acting. The actors are all CW basics dressed in equally basic outfits — as if their parents tried to pick out some “cool” clothes for them. (Sidenote on Elliot: Who the hell still has sideburns in 2016?) Any complexity or depth has been watered down to nothing while trite fantasy clichés have been tacked on for no reason.

    More than anything, this show is cheesy AF. I found myself cringing through most of the fist episode.

  37. SHOSHINA ARTILEO says:

    Could someone please tell me why Penny (Arjun Gupta) needs to be shirtless in every friggin’ episode??? He is NOT attractive and easily the weakest actor in the cast. All he can do is play angry or petulant – not remotely interesting to watch.

    PLEASE, SOMEONE WITHE THE POWER, RECAST THIS LOSER!!!!

  38. Gina Szanboti says:

    Lots of comments about changes from the books without much substance. A TV show is not in any way a book. The question is what was changed, why, and is the story still fundamentally (not point for point but in spirit) the same. Still too early to tell on Julia’s story, for example, but it seems like it’s headed in the same basic damaged-by-wild-hedge-magic direction, so why not? The thing where Quentin seems to be somehow chosen/a boy of destiny flies in the face of the novels, on the other hand. In the books Alice is magically gifted, Penny is a dimensional travel specialist, Eliot is a natural born king, Plum is the last scion of the Chatwins; literally everyone is chosen/destined except Quentin (I know the objection with the flower and it’s a HUGE spoiler, so do not post it here).

    All in all this is a decent series. At least it’s not the almost unmitigated failure the Dresden Files series was. And for you dorks objecting to the CW cutout actors/actresses, get over it. I’m a dork too, but this is straight out of the book. Pretty much all the characters are sexy partiers who have to bend over backwards to avoid a threesome (or two-and-a-half-some if you figure Eliot was too passed out). Grossman can’t go two pages without telling us about Quentin’s handsome face, Alice and Julia’s hot racks, or Janet, Josh and Eliot’s general sluttiness, not to mention Eliot and Janet’s fashion sense or Plum rethinking her boots. The books are sexy, the cast of the show is sexy. QED.

  39. Brian Norris says:

    I’m an older (no just old) guy and read the books a couple of years ago. Due to my failing memory I don’t necessarily remember all of the details so the book to TV differences don’t really bother me too much.

    That being said I do find the TV series entertaining.

    I didn’t find out about it until mid February, so I was able to binge watch the first 7 episodes in 2 sittings. I’m starting to think that waiting until a series has ended before binge watching the entire thing is the way to go. Totally eliminates the frustrating breaks and cliffhangers. So now I’m limping week by week through episodes 8 – 13.

    I think anyone who expects a TV or screen adaptation of the written word to be identical is being unrealistic. The written word allows the development of characters and plots, the screen version allows a visualisation of the environment and action.

    It will be interesting to see how the screenwriters bring Fillory to life and populate it with the varied characters created by Grossman. That may be the true measure of the series.

  40. Allen Cohn says:

    Dear Mr. Grossman,

    The TV adaptation is really butchering your wonderful books. Sure, changes have to be made for any TV adaptation. But the showrunners have strayed way beyond the necessary and are instead substituting their own tone and key themes for the essential elements of your delightful creations.

    You and your books deserve much, much better

    Allen

  41. Vanessa McAdams-Mahmou says:

    I am sad about what the TV show has done with your books. I almost feel about your books the way Quentin feels about the Fillory books. The series has turned the utopia into a typical, dystopian sensationalist Twilight wannabe. There is no wonder and joy and humor in the world they created. Quentin is neurotic rather than just differently talented, Julia’s character has no trajectory, Alice is almost as neurotic…we don’t even get to see Fillory as a place we would love to visit…..I love the books…I dislike the TV show…which is not an adaptation…but a dark twisting of a lovely tale.

  42. Sergio says:

    Wow, I found this show by chance and by episode 6 I was overcome with the need to “know what happens next” and binge read through the trilogy.

    Thank you so much, for this beautiful, exotic, quixotic fantasy land you’ve created.

    Having first gotten used to the character portrayals on screen, the most jarring transition for me was the change in Penny’s character. The show just has him down so much better. He’s my favorite on the show, and knowing how much has changed already for his storyline, I’m excited to see just how far they will take him. Can’t imagine that he’ll still end up parked on the sidelines, at least not without expanding his story with more screen time than was afforded in the text.

    Can’t wait to see what you have on the horizon!

  43. Phatcub says:

    I read the first book some years ago and remember just not liking it, because I was hoping for that Narnia and Potter kind of story and when it turned darker I was lost.

    Now that I have watch the show and grown up some(LOL), I have to give these books another go. I love this show. There’s so much here and it’s face pace, something in every episode.

    Now I can fully commit to finishing the whole series of books. Way to go SyFy you have a winner on your hands by my vote and I have introduced a few friends to the series and they love it too.

    Yeah for season 2!!!

  44. NeoCleo says:

    I, too, am at least initially disappointed with the direction the series is going. I plan on watching the show at least through the entire first season before I decide if I’m going to continue. Seems to be burning through a massive amount of plot for just being half-way through the first season. Really not happy about Quentin’s stay in the nuthouse at the beginning or that they decided to put him on medication. The boy is a bit twitchy and he needs to grow up. But I NEVER got the sense in any of the novels that Quentin needed any more than some maturity. Really, really dislike the Margo character. I don’t understand why you allowed the screenwriters to do that do Janet, Mr. Grossman.

  45. Stephanie says:

    There’s many TV shows and movies that were BASED on books, and correct me if Im wrong producers and screenwriters and higher ups pretty much make them change some things. For whatever their reasons. Even just small things. Anyway based is used for a reason, plus when you read a book your imagination makes sense of what you are reading. It never matches, or very rarely, matches what you expect.
    Author Grossman got over it and what’s that say? Clearly he understands big media now and marketing.
    I didn’t read the books and wont during this series, because I like it besides actually knowing who the beast is on accident, who I am kinda positive is the same as the books because of episode 10? Not too pleased yet makes sense.
    I WILL read the books in the summer as a pass time since they are all mixed together inm the show as I have been reading.
    Perhaps, I shall return to complain lol. I could at least picture most characters (great for when you have a bad imagination). No characters bother me, even annoying Margo. Nerd couple is hot on TV, & nice pick for Alice Quinn lmao. Kady is a nice “addition. Yes, I know there’s a season 2.. But that’s next January and that’s a lot of waiting for actually fans of the show which is hilarious.
    Otherwise, I’d probably be pissed too like with LOTR, learned that now I know better lol
    OH AND SINCE WHEN HAS HBO WORTHY SWEARING BEEN ALLOWED ON SYFY? AT 9PM

  46. Stephanie says:

    Sorry for the spelling errors, I forgot to mention. I was gonna personally never watch SyFy because of cancelling Warehouse 13 But as a currently disabled person who’s only 28 and cant do much this brings me a bit of happiness, in fact almost makes me forgive SyFy.. Almost.
    Also, don’t worry if you hate this show, every favorite show of mine gets cancelled. So after next year’s season is over.. you’re welcome 😉

  47. Anonymous says:

    I may be the only human here who enjoys Quentin and he’s really good looking, I love his hair, and someone insulted his sideburns? Weird. But Men with long hair just look better, and him and Alice should be on HBO 😁

  48. Johnee says:

    I’m a huge fan of the books, and I’m enjoying the show. The first episode was a little rough, but I can chalk that up to growing pains with the new format. Characters always feel a little off from how you imagined them and the settings are never right. But I feel like I’ve been able to put the show in a new place in my heart and I’m genuinely enjoying it now.

    I’m also hopeful that this might inspire more people to pick up the excellent book series.

    Oh yeah and where’s Josh?! He was always the cutest in my mind. Maybe they’ll bring in for the second season (if there is one).

  49. Jorge Miguel Ribeiro says:

    I just have to say: loving the show! It’s diferent from the books in many aspects, but that was expected.

    Although some changes were hard to swallow at first, now I feel like I’m having a peek at a very similar universe, one which features many characteristics from the books I’ve come to love. Perhaps not everyone will come to love the show as they did the books, but many of your fans will (and already are!).

    Can’t wait to see the final episodes and future seasons!

  50. funva says:

    I think here’s what’s happening. Syfy gave them a few episodes to try this out. The writers wanted to give a new audience enough of a bang to grab their attention very quickly.There wasn’t enough time for a slow entrance like the book. Let’s face it if you based the first few episodes based upon the book, most people that were not fans would turn off the TV because it just is slow starting. So they threw the Beast in, they threw Julia, Penny, Amadeus, etc, in. They threw the world of the hedge witches in, and a lot of extra cr*p.

    They chose this book for TV and enhanced it beyond what was in the books, if enhanced is the right word. On SyFy you have to have Sex/Orgies/Homosexuality, anti-Christianity/demons/false God’s/Occult, murder/lying/theft/jealousy/… basically shattering the 10 commandments … so they have to go beyond the books… and they did … sadly. It’s the theme @Syfy.

    FURTHERMORE if ratings are not going well then they have to try to cram in all of what they want to within the number of episodes that they have… hence I think why Josh just appears out of no freaking where, with one episode left before the season finale. But yeah everybody’s right here they really screwed it up, if they did it right they could’ve made this a really long great series, where it didn’t even necessarily have to follow the books exactly. they couldn’t have been other adventures and happenings in between episodes of what happened inside the books.

    Instead they decide to approach it from the other and then try to cram everything all the books into too few episodes, thinking that the ratings were going to suck. However it was good enough that they renewed it for a season two.

    They’re still trying to rush through it though like they just don’t have enough material. Maybe that’s it. Maybe the writers just don’t have enough of what it takes to take the books and parlay it into an ongoing show so all they can do is take the best pieces of the books and reimagine it into their OWN fanboy/fangirl fantasies and put it into SyFy degenerative requirements…. and Lev Grossman is okay with this because of a big fat check, with season 2 coming, and ongoing royalties. I would put my money on the last paragraph if I was a betting man. You’ll see lots more sex, anything that’s anti-Christianity, and low/no morals, etc mixed in with what ever they can come up with from the The Magician’s trilogy, but nothing that either sticks to the true original plot from the books or is brilliantly original. —They will grab many pieces from the books and stick them together like Legos from three different Lego sets. The result will be season two. Some of the actors on the other hand, I must admit I do like them. Elliott I like that first until he became very one-dimensional, both in character and in acting. Alice is a gem in the show, and kudos for not having all Barbie dolls. Penny is a rockstar. Quentin doesn’t match his character, but neither does Alice or Penny. Elliot does match his character. I think as far as acting is concerned he’s the only one playing his part. I’m waiting to see what happens though after reaching Filory.

    Of course season two will give Syfy license for debauchery on a grand level which is not something really suitable for the young children watching SyFy television… and let’s face it many are watching it at that hour.. many will be hooked by season one. They should move the show to 10 PM at night, or tame it down.

    With SyFy the shows trends are about magic, violence, murder, lying, theft, demons, loose sex, and most all against Christian morals.

    It would be nice if SyFy would be true to the books.

    FV

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