The Magicians on TV

Some of you may have heard that Lev Grossman's The Magicians is getting a SyFy adaptation. Back when I was reviewing Random 21st century novels, I reviewed the sequel to The Magicians, The Magician King.

I'm largely indifferent to this show for a few reasons. I have really severe adaptation fatigue lately. Also, I've realized that if someone makes a book I love into something visual, I don't have any obligation to watch it. I had such a great time reading The Magicians and unless I hear really really really great things about this series, I just don't have any desire to watch it, because I'm sure the show won't duplicate or improve upon that experience in a valuable way. I especially won't watch it before I've read the third book, The Magician's Land, which I still haven't gotten my hands on in paperback. I learned my lesson the hard way with the Harry Potter books, that watching an adaptation halfway through the series leads to my ideas about everything being supplanted by the adaptation's. Not playing that game again.

But anyway. I got curious enough that I ended up watching the trailer for the show after all, and damn if it isn't just a bit intriguing.

I'm still not intrigued enough to watch the show without some mega rave reviews, though.

If that's not damning with faint praise, I don't know what is.

Anyone out there excited for this show? Or anyone as exhausted by this sort of thing as I am?

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