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Essays 07 January 2020, 18:43

author: Christopher Mysiak

An scholar, librarian, wannabe witcher, and a gentleman. Cars, guns and swords are his things, as are deep stories about serious stuff.

The Witcher from Netflix vs The Witcher 3 We Compare Sapkowski's Adaptations

After the premiere of the Netflix Witcher we woke up in a world where we have two adaptations of Andrzej Sapkowski's books that have gained international fame and recognition. We try to compare them applying different criteria.

Depth and subtlety

The first episode of the series pretty much managed to show that the world of the Witcher is filled with shades of gray. Then, it got worse.

These are two words that do not define the Netflix show. Maybe I'm exaggerating, but there's something inherently wrong and disrespectful in such reductionism as exhibited by Lauren's crew the stories are massively squeezed, devoid of the details that made them so great in the books. Intertextuality? Down the drain. Smuggling accurate observations about real world? Who wants that? Long, brilliant dialogues that reveal the character complexity of the characters and expose the moral ambiguity of everything that happens in the Witcher universe? Nada. Sex and blood and guts! And again! More pity, Yennefer!

The Witcher 3 also has issues with depth and subtlety (the villains are particularly shallow, especially Eredin), but in general, the game soars above Netflix in this respect. The developers were not afraid to fill the gameplay with long conversations, to weave-in complex topics presented in a smart way. For proof and example, see the Bloody Baron's famous quest.

THE VOTE IN THE OFFICE

Here, too, there was no doubt 89.4% of the editors found the game deeper and subtler than the series.

Which had more depth and subtelty?

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine

The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine

The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone

The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone

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