I’m watching Fire Force / Enen no Shouboutai. At this point, I’m really just watching for the visuals.
I know my Witcher stuff too. And some of his complaints are exactly what I pointed out. The problem is people look at adaptions toward their source material with an extremely biased lens and they don’t even know it. They don’t know how to judge something without fanlove they’ve applied to the source it comes from. Is the Witcher show different than the books? Of course it is. I think anyone who watched episode 1 and read book 1 could have easily seen that. The show isn’t meant to be a complete retelling of the books. They never were.
The Yennefer comment for example? They aren’t changes necessarily like he said, they’ve simply built off of comments and backstories actually already present and overseen by the author himself. Now, I personally don’t find this as a fault that they wanted to get us to know Yen more, but I do acknowledge that trying to make Yen a tertius protagonist is a mistake and very distracting from the core story it comes from.
There are a lot of changes, I’ve admitted to that and will admit to it. The changes doesn’t mean the show is bad though, or even a bad adaption. Because it typically involves rewriting of some sort to better represent it on its new media (because, again, it is almost impossible to present the source as-in). For all of the changes they made, they still managed to get the core elements of the story down so they can tell the story from the books (just the route to the story diverted a bit), which is most crucial part.
For example, even though they made Nilfgaard (ugh, I know) heavily dependent on the Brotherhood’s/Lodge’s intervention of placing sorceresses (which obviously was only decided upon by the show creators because of book material taken to the extremes) to control kings (and therefore countries), the story still moves toward the same line of having Nilgaard attack Cintra. I’ll still complain about Nilfgaard though, because it is obvious by their disgusting armor design and their culture shift that the show designers imparted their political nonsense into “The Black Ones” because they wanted “really big bad guys” in the show to represent something they believe in now. That’s the only real big gripe anyone should have. The butchering of Nilfgaard.
Anyhow, back on point. They did the same thing that Game of Thrones did. They reworked some story to refit it for the screen. Would we (and I) prefer a more faithful storytelling? Of course, but that’s just not how adaptions (most of the time) work. If it were, I would probably never seen The Wheel of Time come to light on Amazon and we probably never would have seen Game of Thrones or anything else that was even remotely successful. It [WOT] would take them decades to complete the near 15 books faithfully, and all the actors would be old and tired and Amazon would grow tired of it.
In all, it is like saying that because the games don’t jive well with the books (and they don’t) or aren’t canon to them (and they aren’t), the games aren’t good (and we all know they are amazing(. The truth of the matter is, even when the show has taken the liberties it has (minus the horrible Nilfgaardian butchering) it is still a really good show.
People can have the opinions that they have for the show. They have the right to, especially since they are fans. I won’t argue with them, as it is clear they have their opinion set and nothing can change it. I for one, like it, even should it be different from the books.
I had to cleanse my soul after mentioning GOT. lol