When material I love gets adapted into a different form of media, or rebooted, or anything of that nature, I get really nervous. Happy, yes, not only because a creator I enjoy is getting more recognition for their work, and excited to see how the material gets reworked, but definitely super nervous. In some cases I’m downright terrified. Will they leave out crucial moments, or my favorite bits of dialogue? Will a setting I’m attached to get the weird set or filming location treatment? And casting … lord.
In the case of Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle, which is going to be adapted for television, my anxiety level is SUPER HIGH. I’ve already talked about my late start in this fandom, but when it grabbed me it grabbed HARD. And it hasn’t let me go. I feel deeply connected to this series, as I’m sure all of the fans do, and especially the characters. I am TEEEEERRIFIIIIIED of the casting. Like, legit my heart dropped when I read the news just because of that. Not only am I certain that the perfect Gansey or Blue or Ronan or Adam or OH GOD NOAH exist in the real world, I’m positive that whoever they choose won’t satisfy my ridiculous standards. And if they do satisfy my ridiculous standards, they won’t satisfy other fans’, and the resulting tumblr drama will be mind-bending.
I am hoping I’m wrong. After all, I wasn’t pleased when Josh Hutcherson was cast as Peeta, and now he is the only person I ever think of when I think of Peeta. He IS Peeta. So it’s possible to get it right, even if I originally think it’s wrong.
Then there’s the fact that the series will be a television show and not movies. I think this is a really smart move – the story is too complex to be condensed into even five movies (with the classic two movies for the last book split). Getting a movie director (Catherine Hardwicke, known for directing Twilight) to do the pilot will help the show look like a movie (see her episodes of Eyewitness) anyway, and I think Stiefvater’s writing is cinematic enough that it should look like a movie. But I’m scared that a) we’re going to end up with that damn blue filter, when Virginia should be a little lusher and greener (and we know Hardwicke loves that damn blue filter – again, see her episodes of Eyewitness), and b) they’re going to try to fabricate content to draw the show out. Also, c) they’re going to change a lot because working with networks is harder than working with movie studios, or so we’ve heard. We have no idea what network the show will be on; the rights were purchased by Universal Cable Productions, which has SyFy and USA networks, among others.
Also, the showrunner was an executive producer on that show with Dylan O’Brien’s girlfriend and my beautiful Gale Harold, but I didn’t watch that show so I don’t know anything about that dude.
Whatever happens, I hope that the show is super successful, because Maggie Stiefvater wrote a beautiful series that deserves further exploration.
I’ll be hiding until the casting is announced, though. And possibly for a while after. Heh.
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