Introducing a new feature: What I’m Watching
Any science fiction & fantasy fan will tell you it’s not just about the books. So I’m trying a new blog feature. I’ll feature something I’m watching, on television or in theaters. It could be brand new or decades old, but I’ll try to talk about current stuff asap. Let’s talk television and movies!
What I’m Watching: The Magicians
When: Premiered Monday, Jan 25
Where: Television; SyFy Channel
Why I watched: Classic fantasy tropes grow up big time. Whether you think of it as Harry Potter: The College Years or a story about a boy who never forgot Narnia, there’s something here for all long-term fantasy fans. I enjoy the books, and I’m hoping it translates well on the small screen.
My verdict for the show: Optimistic
Three episodes in, I’m enjoying Magicians. It’s a complex story with a lot of different layers, but so far they’re doing a good job balancing plot lines. The characters are close to how I imagined, and the magic feels both exciting and scary. SyFy has delivered both intense action (episode 1) and strong character work (episode 3), so I’m hoping they’ve got the range to do Magicians right.
As a book fan, I’m satisfied so far. And my husband and sister-in-law, who have not read the books, are enjoying it too, so it seems to pass the newbie test as well. It’s too early to call it a win, but I’m liking its chances!
Are you watching? Interested?
What do you think? Whether you’re new to the world or a book fan, sound off in the comments! Please clearly mark any spoilers, including whether they’re show, book, or whole series spoilers!
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Series: #1 of completed trilogy
My rating for the book: 5 stars – I had intense emotional reactions while reading, both positive and negative. But I obsessed over it for weeks afterwards. So five stars for provoking such a complex, layered response.
My progress: I read book one several years ago, and am planning to read the completed trilogy this year.