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Lev Grossman's novel The Magicians is being developed for Syfy.

http://m.deadline.com/2014/07/magicians-pilot-syfy-drama-series-lev-grossman-books/

I hope the TV version will tone down the mopey-ness. Otherwise, I'm intrigued.


There is this difference between the growth of some human beings and that of others: in the one case it is a continuous dying, in the other a continuous resurrection. (George MacDonald, The Princess and Curdie)

Isn't narrative structure enough of an ideology for art? (Greg Wright)

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And if anyone cares--I may be the last person on the board who still has cable (satellite) TV--the first episode is on tonight, commercial free. Official 2-part premier in January. The trailer looks fantastic. More clips, etc., here.


There is this difference between the growth of some human beings and that of others: in the one case it is a continuous dying, in the other a continuous resurrection. (George MacDonald, The Princess and Curdie)

Isn't narrative structure enough of an ideology for art? (Greg Wright)

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1 hour ago, BethR said:

And if anyone cares--I may be the last person on the board who still has cable (satellite) TV--the first episode is on tonight, commercial free. Official 2-part premier in January. The trailer looks fantastic. More clips, etc., here.

I certainly care. Thank you for the reminder. I've been anxiously awaiting this. Pity it's being paired with the mediocre Childhood's End adaptation…

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Grossman on the series, with some notes on changes in the adaptation. No serious spoilers:

http://levgrossman.com/2015/12/a-magicians-fans-guide-to-watching-the-magicians/

Episode 1 was pretty impressive and, yes, less mopey than book 1. Actor who plays Quentin is convincingly hangdog. The book goes into more detail about Fillory and its significance. It's hard for me to gauge how a nonreader would perceive it, though. 

A comment on Grossman's post asks if it's appropriate for a 12 year old. I wouldn't recommend the books for pre-teens, and certainly not this series.

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There is this difference between the growth of some human beings and that of others: in the one case it is a continuous dying, in the other a continuous resurrection. (George MacDonald, The Princess and Curdie)

Isn't narrative structure enough of an ideology for art? (Greg Wright)

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The thirteen episodes worked pretty well, I thought. I recorded & saved them to rewatch, which I'm doing now, and knowing how it all turns out, it's interesting to see foreshadowing planted in the first and early episodes. The show makes the students college graduates rather than college freshmen, probably because of all the sex, drugs, and so-forth they get up to, but emotionally, they are more like college freshpeeps than first year grad students. And the emotional atmosphere is pretty well captured here. However the plot doesn't start really thickening until about episode 8 or 9. Ultimately, these characters remain sad and desperate for love and hope.

Season 2 in January 2017.


There is this difference between the growth of some human beings and that of others: in the one case it is a continuous dying, in the other a continuous resurrection. (George MacDonald, The Princess and Curdie)

Isn't narrative structure enough of an ideology for art? (Greg Wright)

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A slightly revised assessment after completing my re-watch. Yes, the characters remain sad and desperate.

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I'm more unhappy this time about a plotpoint that involves the suicide/requested euthanasia of a quadriplegic character, and the "search for god/gods results in disappointment/disaster/devastation" tropes. These are elements that I found sad in the novels, and there was no reason to think they'd be different in this dramatization.

Actually, given the way things go in Fillory (as Quentin describes the plots), it's kind of hard to understand just what Quentin and Julia found so enchanting about the books.


There is this difference between the growth of some human beings and that of others: in the one case it is a continuous dying, in the other a continuous resurrection. (George MacDonald, The Princess and Curdie)

Isn't narrative structure enough of an ideology for art? (Greg Wright)

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Season 2 premieres tonight (also available online, various formats). Alan Sepinwall compares it with Buffy as a show that deals metaphorically with young adulthood.

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But the writer to whom the series owes its biggest spiritual debt isn’t J.K. Rowling or C.S. Lewis, or even Grossman, but Joss Whedon. Just as Buffy the Vampire Slayer used its monsters as metaphors for teen rites of passage, The Magicians uses its spells and demons as commentary on the difficult transition from the carefree days of your late teens and early 20s into full-fledged adulthood, with all the responsibilities that come with.

 

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There is this difference between the growth of some human beings and that of others: in the one case it is a continuous dying, in the other a continuous resurrection. (George MacDonald, The Princess and Curdie)

Isn't narrative structure enough of an ideology for art? (Greg Wright)

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After some significant plot events and the death of a major character in season 4, season 5 premieres January 15.

The books have been left far behind. It's mostly a show about friendship now. Yep, Friends, with magic. That's oversimplifying, of course. It's also about power (magic).


There is this difference between the growth of some human beings and that of others: in the one case it is a continuous dying, in the other a continuous resurrection. (George MacDonald, The Princess and Curdie)

Isn't narrative structure enough of an ideology for art? (Greg Wright)

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I finally got around to this show in 2019 and am, perhaps, a little obsessed with it. I'm not sure it's good, most of the time (it's had some really good episodes), but it sucked me in enough that I picked up the books and read the first one. I liked it, too, though I've had trouble getting into the sequel (the first chapter of which has what strikes me as some genuinely bad writing).

Brightbills definitely doesn't feel like graduate school, though--at least, not one with which I'm familiar. Not enough angsting over publications and the disappearing job market. 

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On 1/1/2020 at 11:34 PM, NBooth said:

IBrightbills definitely doesn't feel like graduate school, though--at least, not one with which I'm familiar. Not enough angsting over publications and the disappearing job market. 

Hilariously accurate! It's what people wish graduate school was like...excluding the suicides, sexual assaults, and evil [fill in the blanks].


There is this difference between the growth of some human beings and that of others: in the one case it is a continuous dying, in the other a continuous resurrection. (George MacDonald, The Princess and Curdie)

Isn't narrative structure enough of an ideology for art? (Greg Wright)

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